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Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) Program

Lenita Newberg, MSW, LCSW, Director
Work phone: 314-726-1666

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 a psychotherapists. The American Psychoanalytic Association describes the program as "a model for psychoanalytic institutes across the country."

Program Participants Say:

"I view my year-long experience as a practicum student in the Schiele Clinic and the two years of training in the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) Program at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute to be crucial components of my future success as a Licenced Clinical Social Worker.  The background in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory and the group supervision component have broadened my clinical perspective and considerably enriched my work with clients.  I believe that practicing from a psychodynamic or psychoanalytically informed perspective adheres most faithfully to the 'whole person' approach to treatment that is at the core of social work values." 
Melissa Scolaro, MSW, Private Practioner

"The strong grounding in theory and technique has increased my skill and confidence as a therapist. As I attempt to understand my clients, I can now think in terms of their maturational development, drives, defenses, ego development, and relationship to self and others. I feel free to allow the therapeutic process to unfold, and the process is richer and deeper for both my clients and myself."
Ellen S. Becker, MSW, LCSW., Psychotherapist, Women Support and Community Services

"The APP Program was an enormously valuable and positive learning experience; the didactic readings, and supervision were all superb. The program has informed all aspects of my patient care and has clearly made me a better physician for my patients."
Linda Horne, MD, Psychiatric Consultant, Care and Counseling


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 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Monday evenings during the academic year at the Institute, 8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124. (map) 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.

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

APP First Year Courses (pdf, 86.26KB)

APP Second Year Courses (pdf, 88.08KB)

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


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

Graduates of the APP Program are eligible to join the Alumni Association whose goals include providing continuing education for its members.

APP Alumni Association 


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