The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI) is dedicated to the advancement of psychoanalytic thought and practice in our complex and diverse contemporary world. We seek to reduce emotional suffering and enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and society, through our commitment to excellence in education, scholarship, clinical practice, and the use of psychoanalytic knowledge to benefit the larger social world.

To Accomplish Our Mission:

  • We offer outstanding education and clinical training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for the treatment of adults and children.
  • We provide a home for professional development, lifelong learning, and collegial intellectual exchange throughout the professional lives of our members.
  • We provide support for psychoanalytic scholarship, clinical writing, and research; we create a forum for creative collaboration among clinicians, academics, and those interested in the study and practice of psychoanalytic knowledge, that encourages multiple perspectives and diverse voices.
  • We engage with the intellectual, cultural, and social issues of concern in the world around us;  we bring psychoanalytic ideas and engage in dialogue with organizations, social service, medicine, academia, and the arts; and we support psychoanalytically informed service in our broader community.
  • We commit to the values of ethical clinical care, diversity, and social awareness and responsibility.

Click here to view our Commitment to Anti-Racism. Our Anti-Racism pledge is a public commitment to acknowledge the history of race and racism as a shared problem that must be addressed by psychoanalysis, as a fundamental issue of human rights, and to give sustained attention to values, priorities, and efforts to achieve meaningful change.


Building on a strengthened core, BPSI will work to expand the impact of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic thinking, and psychoanalytic practice for a new generation.  Toward this goal, BPSI will build and maintain bridges to external partners in the academic, medical, education, social service, and research communities in order to:

  • Enrich intellectual dialogue between psychoanalysis and other disciplines.
  • Increase interest in treatment in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy.
  • Increase interest in psychoanalytic ideas and thinking in the community, medicine, and the arts.
  • Enrich psychoanalytic service to the community.
  • Foster dialogue between clinical psychoanalysis and research.
  • Foster research knowledge and skills among interested trainees and members.
  • Foster development of the research base in academia for psychoanalytic treatments.
  • Ultimately increase academic and public support for psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatments.


From September 2009 until November 2011, we engaged in a process to redesign our governance structure and to write new bylaws that reflected this new structure. Our goal was to create a system of governance that would reflect our mission and allow us to implement our strategic plan through open communication and collaboration throughout the organization.

BPSI has five divisions that together capture the central functions of our organization:

  • The Education Division, comprised of two parts, Psychoanalytic Education and Psychotherapy Education
  • The Membership Division
  • The Library Division
  • The Community Division
  • The Division of Interdisciplinary Psychoanalysis

The Coordinating Committee is a body of Members that brings together representatives from each of the five divisions.  The Committee is chaired by the President of BPSI.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.