"The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind."

— Sigmund Freud

The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)

Psychoanalytic Training

Formal Training and Practical Experience

If you are interested in becoming a Psychoanalyst, the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute provides the formal training and practical experience you need, as well as a strong theoretical and clinical foundation.

As an Institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association psychoanalytic training through MPI adheres to a three-part model: a personal analysis with a training analyst, theory, development and applied coursework, and individual clinical analyses conducted by the candidate under the guidance of Supervising Analysts. Following graduation, a Candidate will have completed necessary requirements for pursuing certification by the American Psychoanalytic Association. 

Personal Training Analysis

The personal psychoanalysis is a foundation for all psychoanalytic education and is conducted by a Training Analyst chosen by the candidate. It is recommended to begin at least six months prior to matriculation. Further information about who is eligible as your personal analyst may be discussed with the Co-Chairs of Admissions. It will provide the candidate with a personal experience of free association, an understanding of unconscious processes, transference resistance, working-through, and termination; and it will assist in the development of self-analytic skill. The candidate continues their own analysis during a significant period of the supervised work, particularly with the first case.

The Training Analyst communicates with the progression committee at the beginning of the analysis and reports the required number of analytic hours, but does not participate in the evaluation of the candidate’s work or in decisions about the candidate’s progress through the training program. 

Theoretical and Clinical Courses

The curriculum consists of a four-year program of required courses, each year with three ten-week quarters. Courses are held on Fridays during the fall, winter, and spring. Classes are designed each trimester to expose the Candidate to one of the major theorists, technical considerations pertaining to the theory, human development, and a clinical case conference.

Supervised Clinical Work

The Progression Committee determines the candidate’s readiness to begin supervised psychoanalysis with patients. The candidate selects an Analyst from the list of Training and Supervising Analysts under Faculty and makes private arrangements about schedule and fees with the supervisor. As part of the supervisory process, the Supervising Analyst may make specific recommendations about progression, however most of their interactions with candidates are held confidential in order to enhance the candidate’s growth as an analyst.

Supervised analytic patients must be seen a minimum of four hours per week. All candidates must be licensed in the state of Minnesota and must carry malpractice insurance.