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THE METROPOLITAN INSTITUTE
FOR TRAINING IN PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY
The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MITPP) provides training in psychoanalytic theory, technique, and clinical practice to qualified candidates in the mental health professions. The training leads to a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. MITPP also offers Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, a two-year program leading to a certificate of completion in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. MITPP is a not for profit corporation organized in 1980 and operating under an absolute charter from the New York State Board of Regents. All MITPP candidates are provided with individual supervision throughout their training.
In both the adult program and the child/adolescent program candidates are actively engaged in the treatment of patients throughout their training. Through an arrangement with the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health (MCMH)*, subject to the approval of MCMH's Director of Clinical Services, MITPP candidates are assigned MCMH patients for treatment to satisfy their clinical requirements and must attend group supervision under the auspices of MCMH. Candidates may not satisfy MITPP's clinical requirements either by treating patients in private practice or at other agencies. MCMH has been making low cost long term psychoanalytically informed treatment available to community residents since 1962.
MITPP supports research and sponsors scientific programs in conjunction with MCMH and the Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (MSPP), whose membership is made up principally of graduates of MITPP's programs.
MITPP does not discriminate in its admission policy on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, age nationality, or disability.
* MCMH is a large not for profit, outpatient mental health clinic licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health and administered by a professional staff of licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and psychiatric nurses. Extensive clinical services and specialized programs are offered, including Psychotherapy for Artists, treatment for children and adolescents, Hispanic Family Services, play therapy, parent counseling, couples and family counseling, group psychotherapy, psychological testing, and medication therapy.
MITPP grew out of an in-service training program at the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health (MCMH),
which was founded in 1962 to provide low cost mental health services to the Upper West Side Community.
MCMH, dedicated to training its professional staff, developed a formal program which was later expanded
to three years. In 1980, it became the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,
a separate organization incorporated as an independent entity. MITPP also offers Clinical Training in
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, a two-year program.
MITPP provides an atmosphere conducive to learning. The Institute offers small classes, an environment in
which students' concerns are taken seriously by faculty, supervisors and administration, and exposure to a
broad range of psychoanalytic thought and current controversies in psychoanalysis. Our highly qualified
faculty and supervisory staff are selected for their level of skill and training, and for their sensitivity
to the needs of a beginning therapist. The orientation of our faculty and supervisors spans the range of
psychoanalytic thinking, exposing students to the various perspectives that predominate in our field.
MITPP prizes its evaluation process in which faculty and supervisors evaluate students, and students evaluate
faculty and supervisors. Informal mid-semester evaluation discussions are held in classes and in supervision
to open communication further at an early stage. At the end of each semester, the Director meets with students
individually to review their experience of classes, supervision, their clinical work at MCMH, and their evaluations.
Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in all aspects of their training,
in order to maintain their student status.
MITPP prizes its evaluation process in which faculty and supervisors evaluate students, and students evaluate faculty and supervisors. Informal mid-semester evaluation discussions are held in classes and in supervision to open communication further at an early stage. At the end of each semester, the Director meets with students individually to review their experience of classes, supervision, their clinical work at MCMH, and their evaluations. Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in all aspects of their training, in order to maintain their student status.
The personal characteristics which combine to make a talented therapist are not easily categorized. The
following can be considered as guidelines: emotional maturity, a capacity for an inner focus and
an awareness of inner processes, curiosity and interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, capacities for
self-reflection, observation and empathy, and an ability to tolerate anxiety, ambiguity and differences.
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