The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis is only one of four analytic institutions in the nation that is affiliated with a Department of Psychiatry. It has enjoyed a strong collaboration with the Department. The Institute 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.
At the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis, qualified professionals may pursue full training in adult psychoanalysis or child psychoanalysis. Alternatively, a two-year training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy is available. Planning is underway for a two-year program in psychodynamic child psychotherapy. The Psychoanalytic Clinic provides evaluation, treatment or referral to prospective patients (adults, children and adolescents) who cannot afford private fees.
In conjunction with the Denver Psychoanalytic Society, the Denver Institute sponsors community outreach course work and an evening Salon Program. The Institute is particularly active in the education of residents and fellows. There has been a long tradition of excellence in psychodynamic psychiatry in Colorado. Institute faculty have played a major role as course directors for psychotherapy and development courses within the residency, and have provided over 200 hours a month for individual supervision of psychotherapy cases.
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver is offering a postdoctoral research training program to train M.D.'s and Ph.D.'s for research careers in developmental psychobiology, with special emphasis on the development of maladaptive behavior. The Department of Psychiatry has a long history of involvement in developmental research. Within the Department, there is presently a multidisciplinary group of investigators, the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (or DPRG). All of these researchers have a productive career involvement as independent investigators of developmental research techniques, some of which are technologically unique, and utilize a comparative approach to the problem of understanding development. Subject populations have ranged from humans through nonhuman primates to neuronal and glial cell cultures. Members of this group serve as the faculty for this research training program. Because of its setting, problems with clinical relevance are continually in the forefront.
The Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health is an infant mental health training program that provides training for postdoctoral graduates as well as mental health professionals seeking "mid-career" training. It is an advanced fellowship in infant mental health, consultation, and treatment, which includes didactic and clinical experiences focused on the problems of infancy, toddlerhood and parenthood.