When the joy of doubt goes and people are gripped by certainty they become mad.

— King & Steiner

"The Freud-Klein Controversies" 1992

Psychoanalytic Training: Admission Requirements

Eligibility for the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute

MPI welcomes applications from licensed clinicians in the mental health field.  If you are interested in pursuing psychoanalytic training, even down the road, we would be happy to talk with you.  Please feel free to contact one of the Admissions Co-Chairs, Joan Lentz, Ph.D., L.P. at 612-339-0270 or Hal Steiger, Ph.D., L.P. at  612-824-2619 or contact one of our current candidates, Victoria  Woolley, MSW  at 651-789-0489 if you would like to learn more about training at MPI.

The following information is provided to allow you to determine your eligibility for psychoanalytic training and to inform you about the admissions process.  Please contact one of the Admissions Co-Chairs to help you determine your eligibility before proceeding to download or requesting an application.

Eligibility :
Doctoral Degree
Clinicians whose degrees are at the doctoral level are automatically eligible to apply. These degrees include M.D., D.O., Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D., DSW, and Doctorate in Nursing.

Masters Degree
Clinicians who have a masters degree in social work, psychiatric nursing, or marriage and family counseling, have 3,000 post-graduate clinical hours, and the didactic seminars and supervision outlined below, are eligible to apply.

  • Have completed a 2 year post-masters psychoanalytic psychotherapy program, such as the MPSI Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program
  • Or have completed 60 post-masters hours of psychodynamic seminars and 60 hours of supervision.

Other Clinical Masters Degrees
For clinicians with other accredited clinical masters degrees, such as a masters in psychology or pastoral counseling,  with the above outlined clinical, didactic and supervisory hours, MPI may obtain permission ( a waiver) from the American Psychoanalytic Association, to admit a clinician for full psychoanalytic training. This process is initiated when application for training is made.

Non-Mental Health Degrees
Those with non mental health clinical degrees (such as M.D.s who are not psychiatrists, DO's, RN's, educators),  please contact Hal Steiger, Ph.D., L.P. at  612-824-2619, to discuss your eligibility.

Professionals and scholars may apply for psychoanalytic training on the Academic track. Academic Candidates attend all classes, but do not conduct psychoanalysis or receive supervision.  They must obtain a personal psychoanalysis and  submit a final paper or project, tying their area of interest to psychoanalysis.

Acceptance to the Program
To be admitted for clinical psychoanalytic training,  an applicant must be licensed and in good standing in his or her field, and must carry malpractice insurance.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their education, interest and experience, psychological aptitude, and character traits. The Institute looks for applicants with integrity, maturity, and an aptitude for learning and applying psychoanalytic ideas.

A personal analysis with a Training Analyst 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.

Apply for Minnesota Psychoanalytic Training