Our Mission

Eliot Group Institute programs are designed for working professionals, as well as individuals interested in personal growth. We offer programs to meet the individual needs of students in education, healthcare, business, and mental health. Grounded in evidenced-based Modern Psychodynamic theory and concepts these programs provide the opportunity for participants and students to develop requisite skills, techniques and experiences that are useful across all aspects of life including professional, social, work and family.  Additionally, these skills, techniques, and experiences are essential to effectively communicate in today’s political and social environments.

Research has shown that the inability to cooperate with others, to successfully interact with colleagues, supervisors, clients, family, and society to be a much greater source of failure than the lack of ability or skill to do a job. The Group Studies and Individual programs available at the Eliot Group Institute (EGI) in Eliot, Maine are designed to produce optimal personal and professional growth and development. We welcome you!

Certificate Programs

Eliot Group Institute was founded to provide training in Modern Psychoanalysis for professionals in the fields of mental health, education, the arts and business, as well as individuals interested in personal growth.

The programs are designed around the principals of Modern Psychoanalysis, which may be best described as primarily a clinical method and a theory of technique based on the theoretical framework and clinical approach of Sigmund Freud and the innovative contributions of Dr. Hyman Spotnitz, Dr. Phyllis Meadow, Dr. Louis Ormont, and Dr. Leslie Rosenthal, among many other pioneers in the field of Modern Psychoanalysis.

Our training programs offer a practical education which prepares students for the exciting challenges of working psychodynamically. Through an understanding of the different theories of Modern Psychoanalysis, students learn to recognize and use all feelings including aggressive feelings in constructive ways. Participants in these programs are able to utilize their new skills by working effectively in individual and group settings.

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Group Studies 

The Department of Group Studies is designed to provide students with didactic and experiential opportunities to develop the professional and personal skills necessary to work successfully with groups. The curriculum provides for the development of an understanding of the psychoanalytic principles and theory of modern group process and its application to a wide variety of clinical settings.

First Year - First Semester
GPS 700  Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts I
GPS 701  History Of Group
GPS 702  Forming the Group

First Year - Second Semester
GPS 703  Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts II
GPS 704  Maintaining the Group
GPS 705  Working With and Managing Resistance in Group

Second Year - First Semester
GPS 706  Working With Transference in Group
GPS 707  Working With Defenses in Group
GPS 708  Working With Narcissism and Aggression in Group

Second Year - Second Semester
GPS 709  Formulating Interventions Based on Developmental Maturation
GPS 710  Ethics
GPS 711  Termination and Graduation in Group

Child and Family Studies

The Department of Child and Family Studies offers programs for students and professionals who want to enhance their understanding of the treatment implications for children and families throughout the life cycle. The course of study culminates in an independent research project with supervised practicum experiences. 

older adult mental health

This certificate program is designed for professionals who want to understand the emotional and mental health lives of older adults and to apply this knowledge effectively in working with them, their families, and other caregivers. 

This in-depth experiential program that includes individual case supervision prepares participants to deal with the vast, complicated, yet individually distinctive problems of this aging tsunami that is upon us. This program is created as a foundational experience for professionals in the fields of mental health medicine, nursing and social work who are employed in a variety of healthcare settings that include private practice, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living institutions, and aging centers. Students will use the clinical, applied and experiential approaches from modern empirically-based individual and group studies to understand and respond to the unique developmental stages of older adulthood. Faculty, experienced in caring for older adults throughout this developmental stage, will use "process teaching" as one method to demonstrate how to address emotionally and psychologically difficult encounters with this population, their families, and caregivers.

Addiction Studies

Eliot Group Institute addiction programs offer professionals the opportunity to participate in programs that focus on psychodynamically oriented approaches to treatment.

EGI presents integrated models of treatment which focus on the psychological underpinnings of addictions such as a lifestyle marked by a lack of ability to manage difficult feelings, especially negative feelings such as anger and hate, as well as engaging in impulsive acting out behaviors which could have far reaching, serious consequences for them and those around them.

Modern Psychoanalysis Program

The One Year Program

This program is designed to introduce the theory and techniques of Modern Psychoanalysis to professionals from various disciplines with the goal of enhancing the understanding and skills necessary to effectively work psychodynamically.

The Two Year Program 

This program is designed to introduce the theory and techniques of Modern Psychoanalytic Individual and Group treatment to professionals from various disciplines. 

The goal of the program is to offer training which prepares students for the exciting challenge of working psychodynamically.

Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies

The Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies Program is designed for professionals working in mental health and related fields who wish to enhance and enrich their work by participating in full clinical training in Modern Psychoanalytic theory, technique, and practice.

Modern Psychoanalysis takes as it's starting point Freud's basic theory of human motivation and psychic functioning along with the contributions of Dr. Hyman Spotnitz, Dr. Phylis Meadow, Dr. Louis Ormont and others who have pioneered in extending the purview of psychoanalytic theory and practice.

In Modern Psychoanalytic training, emphasis is placed on the integration of emotional and cognitive learning. Students learn to recognize and use all feelings, negative, aggressive, and positive in conjunction with theory and observation as the basis for constructive exchange with others in the educational and clinical settings. Modern Psychoanalytic technique applied in individual and group analysis, continues to prove valuable in working with the full range of issues and emotional disorders.

Class List

First Year - First Semester
PSY 600 Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts I
PSY 601 History of Psychoanalytic Theory I
PSY 602 Human Growth and Development I

First Year - Second Semester
PSY 603 Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts II
PSY 604 History of Psychoanalytic Theory II
PSY 605 Human Growth and Development II

Second Year - First Semester
PSY 606 Understanding Defenses
PSY 607 Human Growth and Development III
PSY 608 Symbolic Communication

Second Year -Second Semester
PSY 609 Psychopathology Primitive Mental States
PSY 610 Diagnosis and Case Formulation I
PSY 611 Human Growth and Development IV

Third Year - First Semester
PSY 612 Diagnosis and Case Formulation II
PSY 613 Clinical Supervision I
PSY 614 Psychoanalysis and Literature

Third Year -Second Semester
PSY 615 Clinical Supervision II
PSY 616 Psychoanalysis and the Creative Experience
PSY 617 Ethics I

Fourth Year - First Semester
PSY 618 Modern Psychoanalytic Theory of Technique
PSY 619 Ethics II
PSY 620 Clinical Work WIth Children 

Fourth Year - Second Semester
PSY 621  Contemporary Issues in Psychoanalysis
PSY 622 Termination in Psychoanalysis
PSY 623 Applied Psychoanalysis

application instructions

The following should be completed by the applicant and mailed to the Eliot Group Institute administrative office in Eliot, Maine:

• Application for Admission ( print the application for admission by clicking below ) along with a  non-refundable application fee of $100 (in U.S. dollars) payable to Eliot Group Institute.

• Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Applicants who are non-native speakers of
English only)

The following should be sent on the applicants behalf directly to the Eliot Group Institute administrative office in Eliot, Maine: 

• Two letters of reference (at least one academic), each with a completed reference waiver. Print the letter of reference waiver below.

• Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

All materials should be completed in English and should be mailed directly to the Eliot Group Institute administrative office:

 Eliot Group Institute
Box 353
14 Eventide Cove Lane
Eliot, Maine 03903