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Enhance Your Understanding of the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

***It is important that you read this page in its entirety before you decide to submit an application to the MPSI PPTP Program.  

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 such as psychology, social work, or counseling.
  • 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 Psychotherapy Training - deadline to apply is July 15, 2023


If you missed the deadline and wish to discuss, please email

Miss the Fall Deadline?

A student who has completed the first year of PPTP may go on to take second year courses a la carte, or one at a time. This is to encourage students to complete the second year over time, if doing it in one year is not possible. We do not offer a la carte as an option to incoming or first year students. Please inquire at least two weeks before the start date of the trimester you wish to take classes. Space may be limited and is typically only offered to individuals who finished Year 1.  Email to discuss your request.

Application details

Please submit all the following materials with the application:

  • A completed application form, including letters of recommendation as detailed on the 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 interview, by phone or in person, may also be conducted. You will be notified of acceptance and the starting date of classes in early August.


PPTP faculty are members of practicing psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists in private practice with extensive experience in Teaching, Theory, Supervision, and Consultation.

Course examples:

Please note that course offering may vary slightly from year to year

  • Losing Knowledge: The Importance of not Understanding
  • Evolving Psychoanalytic Concepts
  • Attachment Theory
  • Trauma Through the Eyes of Addiction: What Psychoanalytic Thought Has to Say
  • Psychoanalytic Technique
  • Object Relations Surface to Depth or Depth to Surface: Introduction to American Ego & Kleinian Theory
  • Introduction to Bion, alternating with Case Conference (Part 1) 
  • Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Gender, Race, Sexuality & Culture (Part 1) 
  • Psychotic Thought Process 
  • Introduction to Bion, alternating with Case Conference (Part 2)
  • Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Gender, Race, Sexuality & Culture (Part 2)
  • Dreams
  • Termination
  • Relational Psychoanalysis

    CEU Credit

    12.5 CEU are available for each individual trimester class completed.

    The full year of all three classes for 3 trimesters leads to up to 112.50 CEU


    Tuition for the 2023-2024 year is $2600 for three 10 week trimesters. (3 classes per trimester)  Tuition is 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. This cost is NOT included in tuition. 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.


    Classes are held every Friday from 12:15 pm – 4:30 pm.

    Time Commitment

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

    Contact Information

    If you have questions or would like more information about the program, please contact Heidi Holste, Executive Director at MPSI at


    PPTP moved to an all-online format in 2020 in response to COVID restrictions. Last Spring (2021), out of an abundance of caution, we chose to continue online for 2021-22. Now it is Spring again (2022) and we have decided to commit to one more year of online learning for 2022-23.

    Holding classes online has enabled learning to continue. It’s also made for easy scheduling with zero commute. But it has its costs. Just like in clinical practice—where the screen shrinks and interferes with the relational experience—the cohort experience of PPTP has also been confined to faces in boxes, dimming our spontaneous lively interaction.

    Because PPTP is a very small training program it doesn’t have the budget to do justice to a hybrid teaching model, which requires more technology and on-site expertise. We would love to be able to offer this, but cannot afford it. So, choose we must, year to year: Hybrid or live. 

    We cannot predict what COVID will bring a year from now, but the PPTP committee was hoping and planning to move back to all live teaching for 2023-24, but it has been determined to remain virtual and we encourage classes to gather once a month in person.  

    Questions may be directed to Victoria Kohl at


    Deadline to apply is July 15, 2023

    If you missed the deadline and wish to discuss this, please email

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