Wayne State University

Aim Higher

School of Medicine

Psychotherapy Opportunities and Supervision












Dr. Kathleen Moore


The doctor-patient alliance is key to successful patient care. From the early 1900s, psychiatry has been based in psychotherapy, and the field has developed a multitude of psychotherapeutic modalities since that inception. Our program believes in training residents to be competent in the major evidence-based psychotherapies, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, supportive therapy, and brief psychotherapy. In addition, residents receive exposure to dialectical behavioral therapy, for which evidence is rapidly mounting. Over the course of four years, residents participate in multiple didactics and case presentations focusing on the different psychotherapeutic modalities. Second year residents have the opportunity to pick up a long-term psychodynamic patient and receive supervision from a multitude of supervisors from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. In third year, residents are required to carry a caseload of at least 11 therapy patients. The breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • 2 long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • 2 cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • 2 brief therapy
  • 5 supportive therapy

Residents have a variety of supervisors who specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy or psychodynamic psychotherapy. Residents who have a particular interest in therapy are encouraged to go beyond the required number of cases and may receive supervision for additional cases.

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Residents who are interested in learning more about psychodynamic principles or in pursuing a psychoanalytic fellowship post-residency have a variety of opportunities through the residency program to explore these interests. Our program has a long-standing connection with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute (MPI). As a result, our residents often participate in various MPI clinical activities, including the following:

  • Monthly Clinical Moments, where residents are invited to attend a dinner and case presentation at the home of a member of the MPI. Residents enjoy this opportunity to socialize and network with psychodynamically-oriented mental health professionals.
  • Early Admissions Program, which features Saturday morning seminars showcasing clinical material presented by applicants to the MPI. Residents are invited to attend these sessions and are given advanced psychoanalytic readings.
  • Psychoanalytic Fellowship, which is a 1-year fellowship program in which residents and other mental health professionals meet weekly, observe case presentations by a practicing analyst, and discuss cases and psychoanalytic readings. Upon completion, a certificate is received.