In 1981, the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute launched the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program for mental health professionals. Now called the CA/APP program, it provides a combination of didactic classroom material along with twice-weekly clinical consultation 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 Child Adolescent/Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program program provides mental health professionals with theoretical and clinical training in psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy. CA/APP and former APP program graduates use their training for counseling and brief treatment applications, as well as intensive psychotherapies.
The CA/APP Program is a two-year post-graduate training program combining classroom education and direct clinical consultation groups. Classes meet from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday evenings during the academic year at the Institute, 7700 Clayton Road, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63117. Each student also meets twice weekly for small group consultations 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.
The foundation for the CA/APP Curriculum consists of courses in human development across the lifespan, infancy through adulthood, as well as classes on basic theory and clinical technique. Topics include:
- Infancy and the early years
- Latency and adolescence
- Adulthood, and aging
PSYCHODYNAMIC CONCEPTS and THEORIES
- Introduction to psychoanalytic theory
- Perspectives in contemporary psychoanalytic psychology: ego psychology, object relations theory, and self-psychology
- Evaluation, Diagnosis, Treatment Plans
- Beginning Phase, Middle Phase, Termination
- Theory and Process of Therapy
- Anxiety, Affective Disorders
- Personality Disorders & Character Problems
- Borderline & Narcissistic Disorders
- Parent Work in Child Treatment
- Brief Dynamic Treatment Models
- Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
- Research: Efficacy & Effectiveness of Psychodynamic Treatment
- Emerging Adulthood
- How Child and Adolescent Training Informs Adult Treatment
Credit may be arranged through some university programs. Continuing education credits are available for MDs, PhDs, LPCs, and LCSWs.
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.
How to Apply
Online CA/APP applications are here: CA/APP Application
Please see below for tuition deadline details.
Complete the online application, and submit electronically or print and mail to:
St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute
7700 Clayton Road, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63117
Questions? Please email email@example.com or call at 314-361-7075
Tuition and Financial Assistance
CA/APP 2023-2024 tuition rates below are per year for the two-year program. Tuition is subject to change annually. (Deadlines end at Midnight on each respective day).
Early Tuition Rate $3,300 (Application due by April 18, 2023)
Regular Tuition Rate $3,500 (Application due by June 18, 2023)
Late Tuition Rate $3,750 (Application due by September 5, 2023)
Financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, is available from the Institute. The Institute’s Scholarship committee meets twice. Applicants requesting scholarships for the first round should submit their scholarship application by April 18, 2023. The second-round applications are due June 18, 2023.
A link to the Scholarship application can be found at the end of the online CA/APP application here: CA/APP Application
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The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
“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
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