The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis is a community of psychoanalysts whose goals are to provide education in psychoanalytic thinking and treatment techniques, to advance scholarship and research, and to encourage application of psychoanalytic knowledge to related fields of study.
We believe that psychoanalysis provides a unique and unparalleled perspective of the human condition based upon a deep respect for the complexity and individuality of every person. By providing educational programs to educators, scholars and interested mental health professionals we are helping the community to stay abreast of current developments and debate within the field of psychoanalysis.
The 2020-2021 academic year ended with 85 Adult Psychodynamic Psychotheraphy students completing the first of two years of the program, 6 Adult Psychoanalytic candidates that graduated became faculty members, 6 Adult Psychoanalytic candidates completed their third year of didactic work, and 4 Adult Psychoanalytic candidates completed their first year of didactic classes.
Applications for Fall 2022 are being accepted, we will have a 2-year Psychodynamic Psychotherapy class and a first year adult analytic class.
In December 2018, the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis was granted accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc) valid for 5 years.
September 2019 marked our 50th anniversary. In 2020 we created the Gaskill Legacy Society for Planned Giving.
Our top four needs include:
1) donations for operating expenses
The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis is a not for profit educational institution which has been operating in Colorado since 1968. While affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, it is financially separate and must raise funds for its educational programs.
Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy are unique in their non-reductionistic focus on the individual's psychological treatment needs with an emphasis on the role of the unconscious and childhood experiences in current emotional and relational difficulties. These are depth psychological treatments which use the treatment relationship as part of the therapeutic process.
While training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy has been important for mental health clinicians for many years, in this day of emphasis on biological psychiatry, short term cognitively and behaviorally based treatments, the availability of this sort of training for licensed mental health professionals is more important than ever.
We offer this post-graduate training to all accepted mental health professionals. The tuition the students pay is insufficient to cover the costs of providing training. This is in spite of the fact that all teaching at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis is done by graduate psychoanalysts pro bono. The costs of running an educational institution continue to rise, while other sources of funding have declined.
2) funding for faculty
Faculty donate over 3,000 hours each year teaching in our programs, being a part of a committee, and doing supervision. Not only do faculty donate their time, they are also required to pay annual dues to help support the operating costs of running the post graduate programs. We would like to be able to pay the faculty for their time teaching.
3) preserving history
We have a large collection of oral histories, recorded lecture that we would like to convert beta, VHS, and film into DVD or MP4 format. We created a Archive Fund to begin this process, but more donations are greatly appreciated to help catalog and convert over 1,000 cassettes and VHS tapes and boxes of historical documents and photographs.
4) Funding for treatment subsidies
We are hoping to create a fund in 2022 to help subsidize low fee analysis. This fund would help a low income individual receive analytic treatment by having the Institute subsidize a portion of the therapist fee.
Thank you for considering helping the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis. It is my privilege to be the Director for this fine educational institution. We are a group of over 50 dedicated clinicians who mostly volunteer our time because we believe in our mission to educate licensed mental health professionals in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
In addition to our certificate programs, we are active within the department of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in teaching courses and supervising residents. Our faculty are also active in teaching with students in social work and psychology at Denver University. Working with the Denver Psychoanalytic Society, we support many educational outreach programs for the mental health community.
The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis has a community referral service which connects patients interested in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic clinicians. Most of these treatments are conducted at significantly reduced fees and available to both children and adults.
There is also a research arm of our institution. Because psychoanalytically oriented treatments are uniquely organized around listening to individual patients, a different sort of data can be collected and used to further our understanding of emotional difficulties. This body of research and knowledge has contributed not only to the development of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, but also to the development of many other psychological treatments.
In this day of cost conscious treatments, there is a genuine risk that skills and knowledge which have developed over the last 100 years could be lost. Without ongoing work such as that done by the Denver Institute, all members of the community could lose this critical component of treatment.
The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis is a school for advanced psychotherapists seeking to improve their competencies in clinical treatment for purposes of helping to restore mental health functioning. We offer two programs - a four-year program for those clinicians who wish to become psychoanalysts and a two-year program for those clinicians who wish to become psychoanalytic psychotherapists. In addition, the Denver Institute -- in cooperation with its sister organization, the Denver Psychoanalytic Society -- offers programs for the community, area clinicians, and patients who are suffering. Both of our organizations are accredited through the American Psychoanalytic Association. Mental health issues have become more urgent than ever, and our Institute and Society provide both education and direct services for treaters and those they help. Please take a moment to look through our profile and to assist us in carrying out our mission. Thank you.
"I never believed that being with 6 people for 2 years would be a great thing but it has turned out to be a great surprise and I am very grateful." - 2014-2016 PTP student
"I have learned more in these past six months compared to any other learning experience I ever had" - 2014-2016 PTP Student
The story of psychoanalysis in Denver goes back to 1923 when the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital was built for the study and treatment of patients with mental illness and for clinical teaching. In the early 1930s, Swiss trained psychoanalyst, John D. Benjamin, arrived in Colorado for "balcony treatment" for tuberculosis - making him the first psychoanalyst in Colorado. In the late 1940s the University of Colorado Medical School started to attract national attention by offering psychiatry curriculum for all four years in the medical school, had a liaison program that linked psychiatry to other services, and established an outpatient psychiatric clinic for children.
Herbert Gaskill was the chair of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado and was instrumental in creating the Institute. In 1969 the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis was founded, and later became an approved provider of Psychoanalytic Education in 1972 by the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2018, the Institute became of member of the American Association for Psychoanalytic Education (AAPE) whose psychoanalytic standards it follows. In February 2019, the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc (ACPEinc).
Even with faculty with experience in child development and research, such as Rene Spitz, John Benjamin, Gaston Blum, and Dane Prugh, the first Child & Adolescent training program did not began until 1988. The Institute is part of the Western Child Consortium, who is currently responsible for the didactic classes of the Child & Adolescent analytic training program. These courses are taught by analysts at the various institutes.
In 1992, the Denver Psychoanalytic Society began offering classes in Psychodynamic Psychotherapies, which the Institute later took over.