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Institute Timeline

 1930s Early 1930s - Swiss trained psychoanalyst, John D. Benjamin, arrived for "balcony treatment" for tuberculosis - making him the first psychoanalyst in Colorado. However Dr. Benjamin did not become involved with the University of Colorado Medical School until Herbert Gaskill arrived in 1953  
 1940s 1940s - the University of Colorado Medical School started to attract national attention when Psychiatry was taught for all four years in the medical school curriculum, had a liaison program that linked psychiatry to other services and established an outpatient psychiatric clinic for children.  

1953 - Dr. Herbert Gaskill became the chair of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado and was instrumental in creating the Institute. Among his aims in building a good department were those of providing excellent residency training and gradually adding psychoanalytic training for residents and faculty members. At the time, only two analysts resided in Denver Dr. Jules Eisenbud and Dr. William Shanahan.

1955 - Dr. and Mrs. Sydney Margolin moved to Denver to join the Department of Psychiatry followed soon after by Dr. Janice Norton, Dr. Rene Spitz, Dr. Herbert Gaskill, Drs. Brandt and Eleanor Steele, Dr. Laurence Hall and Dr. Gaston Blom.


1962 - Denver Psychoanalytic Society formed

1963 - Psychoanalytic Clinic / Referral Service started

1968 - First Institute Faculty Retreat

1969 - Institute founded


1970 - IRS recognizes Institute as 501c3 org

1972 - APsaA Approved Institute. Begin classes held in Denver

1974 - First Institute graduates


1985 - Affiliation Agreement with the Department of Psychiatry at University of Colorado signed

1988 - Child & Adolescent Analytic Program started under the directorship of Samuel Wagonfeld, M.D. with two psychiatrists, one psychologist and one psychiatric nurse.


1992 - Denver Psychoanalytic Society starts a Psychodynamic Psychotherapies Program (PTP)

1994 - Psychoanalytic Library formed after the passing of Dr. Gaskill

1997 - First Award established in Dr. Brandt F. Steele's name



2004 - Institute & Society website launched

2004 - Dr. Eduard Hitchman's analytic couch, that he used in Vienna, was donated by Dr. Carol Margolin, his granddaughter

2005 - Institute takes over PTP Program from Society


2010 - Institute Board of Directors formed

2013 - Pizza & Psychoanalysis program at DU starts

2015 - Denver Psychoanalytic Society creates a social media presence through facebook and twitter

2016 - Institute creates a logo


2020 - Institute created a legacy campaign 

2021 - Institute governance restructure

2022 - Institute launches its own website

2023 - Institute library moves into its new home


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