“APP … provides additional education, more specific detail about how to engage with mental health patients than grad school does. This program supports exploring unconscious mechanisms, resolving symptomology and long-term recovery as opposed to just treating symptoms and minimizing symptomology. … For professionals, it helps you conceptualize what’s actually going on.” —Cherese Alcorn, MSW, APP ’19 graduate

Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) Program

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Lenita Newberg, MSW, LCSW, Director
Call with questions: 314-361-7075 ext. 312

In 1981, the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute launched the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program for mental health professionals. The APP Program provides a combination of didactic classroom material along with twice weekly supervision groups.  This affords each student an exceptional opportunity to apply theory to clinical work, and, also, greatly facilitates their evolution as psychotherapists. The American Psychoanalytic Association describes the program as “a model for psychoanalytic institutes across the country.”

The Educational Program

The Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) Program provides mental health professionals with theoretical and clinical training in psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy. APP Program graduates use their training for counseling and brief treatment applications, as well as the intensive psychotherapies. To read more about psychodynamic psychotherapy, click here.

Course Description
The APP Program is a two-year post-graduate training program combining classroom education and direct clinical supervision. Classes meet from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday evenings during the academic year at the Institute, 8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124. Each student also meets twice weekly for small group supervision of their own clinical cases. Supervisors offer a variety of current psychoanalytic clinical perspectives. Faculty and supervisors are experienced psychoanalysts affiliated with the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. To learn more about Psychodynamic Supervision of Psychotherapy, click HERE.

The foundation for the APP Curriculum consists of courses in human development as well as classes on basic theory and clinical technique. Topics include:

•Infant research and the early years
•Latency and adolescence
•Adulthood and aging

•Introduction to psychoanalytic theory
•Perspectives in contemporary psychoanalytic psychology:
ego psychology, object relations theory, and self-psychology

•Evaluation and treatment planning; beginning phase, middle phase, termination
•Theory and process of therapy

•Anxiety and affective disorders
•Personality disorders & character problems
•Narcissistic behavior disorders

•Adolescent psychotherapy
•Brief dynamic treatment
•Trauma and dissociative disorders

Credit Hours
Credit may be arranged through some university programs. Continuing education credits are available for MDs, PhDs and LPCs.

This unique program is open to students and graduates of accredited programs such as psychology, psychiatry, social work, psychiatric or hospice nursing, pastoral or educational counseling.


Regular tuition applications are due May 15th. Click the Apply Here icon above for the application. Complete and hit SUBMIT, or print and mail to:

Margo Smith
Director of Recruitment and Alumni Affairs
St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute
8820 Ladue Road   3rd Floor
St. Louis, MO  63124

Questions?  Please contact Margo Smith, margosmith@stlpi.org or 314-361-7075 x 319


APP 2019-20 regular tuition is $4,644 per year, for the two-year program.  Apply by March 15 to receive a discounted, early application tuition rate of $4,214.   Late application tuition is $4,900 for applications received after May 15.  Tuition is subject to change annually.

* An annual non-refundable resources fee of $120 is due for all participants.




Financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, is available from the Institute. Applicants requesting scholarships should submit by April 15 to be considered in the first round of allocations.  If funds allow, we will consider scholarship applications posted after April 15 in the order received.