Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute:
The Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program (OPI)

The Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute (OPI) is deeply committed to inspiring the development and practice of psychoanalysis through an abundant study of primary analytic theories and close consideration of the interplay of theory, method, and technique in the clinical situation.

Psychoanalytic clinical training develops in three areas:

  • Classroom reading and peer learning
  • Having one's own psychoanalysis, and
  • Practicing psychoanalysis under close supervision*

The Clinical Program is designed for the mental health professional intending to become a psychoanalyst. Please see details below.

An Academic Program is available for professionals in mental health and other fields interested in formal training without becoming a psychoanalyst.

*View list of Training Analysts and Supervising Analysts.

How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted. Accepted applicants will join a monthly or bi-monthly Pre-Matriculation Course until full matriculation starts. Please contact Lindsey Stevens, Executive Director or Winston Anderson, PsyD, OPI Admissions Chair, if you are considering applying. If you have general questions about training with OPI, please contact Sara Gardiner, MD, Chair of OPI Training Outreach.

Next class is scheduled to begin Fall of 2025.

The Institute welcomes applications from psychiatrists (MD and DO), clinical psychologists (Ph.D. or Psy.D.), clinical social workers (MSW, Ph.D.), nurse practitioners (PMHNP), licensed psychotherapists (LPC), and other licensed mental health clinicians. Applicants must have at least a master's degree in a clinical mental health field, carry a mental health license, and have appropriate professional liability insurance. We encourage inquiries about training early in professional career development. Such inquiries may be directed to the Chair of Admissions.

See more information on Admissions Eligibility.

OPI 2023-24

Tuition, years 1-4 $5540*
Tuition, years 5 and beyond $2770*
Tuition, Pre-matriculation $930*
PEP-Web subscription $85
Late Fee $100
Application Fee $300
Modified Re-Application Fee $100

Tuition will be due at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 15th.

For the convenience of candidates, the first half may be paid July 15th and the remainder by December 31st. PEP subscriptions are due July 15th.

A late fee of $100 will be charged for all late tuition payments (including approved deferred payments). Failure to make payments when due disqualifies the candidate from class attendance unless arrangements for deferred payment have been made with the ED.

In general, the Institute does not refund fees after a candidate has begun classes. If an accepted candidate decides not to enroll two weeks or more prior to the start of classes, fees will be refunded, less administrative costs of $300.

See more information on Tuition and Fees.

Graduation is based on the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory completion of the four-year curriculum and post-seminar academic requirements.
  • The candidate's training analysis shall have overlapped sufficiently with their control cases and course work.
  • The overarching criteria are that the candidate demonstrates a mature and independent capacity to facilitate a deepening psychoanalytic process and has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the psychoanalytic process and situation, in addition to the clinical methods and technique used in the practice of psychoanalysis. This may require more supervised psychoanalytic work than the minimum requirements for immersion.
  • In addition, the candidate has conducted at least three analyses. The analysands of these analyses should represent more than one gender. At least two of the analyses should be a minimum of two years in duration without significant breaks; the third must be at least one year in duration without significant breaks. One analysis should be at least in an advanced middle phase, compatible with a likely transition into a termination phase. The other cases should show evidence of a deepening analytic process. The candidate must have documented at least 1200 hours of supervised analytic work.
  • All immersion requirements must be fulfilled while the candidate is in active status within the institute, not on a leave of absence or in any other status other than a fully active one. One of the three supervised analyses may be a child supervised by an OPI approved child SA. All case write-ups must be completed. It is strongly recommended that candidates who have graduated prior to the termination of a case return to supervision after graduation during the termination phase of that case. The three final case write-ups should conform to the format for certification and summarize the entire analysis. All fees must be paid before graduation can occur. These are the minimum requirements for graduation. Please see the Progression Committee P & Ps for a more detailed outline of graduation requirements.
  • All supervisor approved case reports and other required paperwork and fees must be up-to-date. The official graduation date will be the date the EC approves the recommendation of the Progression Review Committee. Upon graduation, it is encouraged that the new graduate apply for Institute faculty status through the Faculty Appointment & Development Committee.

See more information on Graduation Requirements.

The Oregon Psychoanalytic Center is devoted to creating a more diverse and inclusive community and approach to clinical service and practice. We maintain a non-discriminatory policy regarding race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or marital or parental status in admissions, employment, and access to programs.

ACCME Accreditation Statement
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 American Psychoanalytic Association and Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this live activity for a maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement
The APsA CE Committee has reviewed the materials for accredited continuing education and has determined that this activity is not related to the product line of ineligible companies and therefore, the activity meets the exception outlined in Standard 3: ACCME's identification, mitigation and disclosure of relevant financial relationship. This activity does not have any known commercial support.