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One Year Programs

Our One-Year Programs will go on hiatus for the 2021-22 calendar year while the program undergoes revision. The information below is for archival purposes only. 

The Dynamics of Inner Life

This MCPP program is a one-year course for those who want to better understand psychodynamic principles.  The 30-week program consists of six 5-week modules that will address both theory and practice. No prior experience with psychoanalytic study or technique is required to participate.

Psychoanalytically-oriented therapy offers a comprehensive understanding of the complex challenges that we face in the consulting room. Taking the course will help you to:

  • Understand an array of psychodynamic approaches
  • Understand underlying issues in treatment
  • Tailor your treatment to specific needs
  • Deepen the treatment

For more information on the program, click on the The Dynamics of Inner Life in the upper right module. To register, click on the Application Form for the program. Online payment is below.

Cases and Perspectives 

This MCPP program is for clinicians who have completed The Dynamics of Inner Life, or who have some experience with psychoanalytic theory and practice.  This 28-week course will delve into four major branches of Psychoanalysis:

Ego Psychology – Understand case material from the perspective of drives and defenses, and develop techniques to productively address maladaptive defenses

Object Relations – Explore how the internal world of self and object representations are at play in your work

Self Psychology – Learn how to address the “self” problems involved in self-esteem and self-worth that interfere with relationships and lead to self-defeating behaviors

Relational – Learn how here-and-now relationship moments with your patients can be the “engine of change” in your treatments

The course will use Case material provided by participants, along with readings and discussion, to deepen clinical understanding and technique.

For more information on the program, click on the Cases and Perspectives in the upper right module. To register, click on the Application Form for the program. Online payment is below.

For more information contact Sonya Freiband -

MCPP Training Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Our training program and courses are currently being revised and updated. The information below is for archival purposes only. 

The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (MCPP) offers advanced training in psychoanalytic theory and technique for an interdisciplinary group of mental health professionals. The courses expose students to a combination of classical and contemporary orientations. Students may expect to study the original writings of Freud as well as a variety of current views and controversies within psychoanalysis. The courses offered reflect the current heterogeneity of theory and practice in psychoanalysis. They include recent theories regarding psychological development, the effects of trauma and the role of affect, as well as contemporary models of the psychology of men and women. MPC disavows any orthodoxy and welcomes all significant viewpoints in psychoanalysis.

The programs in adult psychoanalysis and child psychoanalysis are based on the tripartite model of psychoanalytic education and features experiences of 1) a personal analysis, 2) supervision on treatment cases, and 3) coursework in theory and technique. The training programs in psychoanalysis and child psychoanalysis are independent but integrated allowing candidates to choose either or both training programs. Those interested may take courses leading toward certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Courses are offered in Ann Arbor, East Lansing and elsewhere.

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