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Enhance Your Understanding of the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

This two-year training sequence offers clinicians and non-clinicians an opportunity to immerse themselves in the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  Research confirms that treatment focused on the interaction between the therapist and the patient with a foundation in psychoanalytic theory and practice has enduring benefits. Following a structure of three classes per trimester, including a case conference, clinicians will learn to:

  • Identify one’s own emotional experience as a way to inform the direction of treatment
  • Listen for recurring themes and patterns in the patient’s conscious and unconscious narratives
  • Understand and identify how the past is alive in the present moment
  • Learn how to handle complex attachment and trauma related issues
  • Use oneself in authentic and empathic ways within the therapeutic relationship
  • Understand how the complexity of the therapeutic relationship leads to change

The PPTP is an excellent opportunity for professionals and graduate students within the fields of psychiatry, social work, psychology, marriage and family, and counseling to deepen and enrich their therapeutic knowledge and skills.

Program Tracks

Certificate: Requires completion all of the course requirements for years one and two. 60 hours of supervision as well as fulfill attendance requirements.  Note that supervision requirement does not have to be completed within the two years but a certificate will not be issued until the supervision paperwork is submitted.

Non-certificate: Requires completion of all course requirements for years one and two as well as fulfilling attendance requirements.


To be eligible for the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in or have completed a post-graduate degree program in a mental health field
  • Be licensed or eligible for licensure as an MD, LP, LGSW, LCSW, LICSW, LMFT, LPC, or LPCC

A personal in-depth psychotherapy of more than once a week is highly recommended although it is not required to obtain the certificate. While it is not necessary to have a private practice, it is necessary to be working in some clinical capacity so that you are able to bring your own clinical experiences and dilemmas to the classes and to the case conferences. After completing the admissions application, you will be notified of acceptance and the starting date of classes.

Apply for Training


The PPTP application can be downloaded in Word format OR completed online. There is no application fee.  Deadline for Fall 2019 is July 20, 2019.

Application details

Please submit all the following materials with the application:

  • A completed application form
  • Copy of license to practice (if available)
  • Copy of current malpractice insurance (if self-insured)
  • A written statement which explains why you are interested in participating in this program, and what your  experience is with psychoanalytic psychotherapy

An optional phone or in-person interview by phone or in person with one of the co-chairs may also be conducted. After submitting the application you will be notified of acceptance and the starting date of classes.


PPTP faculty are members of practicing psychoanalysts and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists in private practice with extensive experience in Teaching, Supervision, and Consultation.

Course examples

  • Foundations of Technique and the Psychoanalytic Frame
  • Overview of Psychoanalytic Theories of Development: From Freud to Fonagy
  • Psychoanalytic Case Formulation 
  • The Internal World of the Developing Mind: Contributions of Winnicott and Fairbairn
  • Development and Attachment
  • Modern Ego Psychology: Listening for Defense
  • From Klein to Bion: Transforming the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Self Psychology and Relational Theories
  • Transference and Countertransference: Deepening the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Disturbed and Disturbing Personalities: Formulations and Approaches to Treatment
  • Working with Dreams
  • Mentalization: Reflective Function and Reverie

$2400 for three 10 week trimesters. 3 classes per trimester. Payable in one or three payments.

60 hours of individual case consultation is required if pursuing the certificate track. Case consultation is $75 per session. A list of consultants is available upon request and the supervision hours do not need to be completed in the two years. Certificate is issued upon completion and submission of supervision hours.

Time and Location

Classes are held every Friday from 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm at 1934 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.

Time Commitment

Students can expect 1-2 hours of reading/prep work each week. Case preparation for case conference will take a little longer. A student usually presents a case once or twice a trimester.

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