What is NPI? The Nashville Psychotherapy Institute or NPI is a 501(c)(6) non profit, professional organization. Founded in 1985, NPI now has over 300+ members.

The purposes of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute include:

  1. The promotion and sponsorship of post-graduate continuing education programs for practicing psychotherapists who are licensed or certified in one of the following professions: Marriage and Family Therapy, Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy, Professional Counseling, Psychiatric Counseling, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling.
  2. The promotion of interdisciplinary dialogue and support among the various psychotherapeutic professions.
  3. Cooperation in sponsoring and promoting continuing education activities in psychotherapy.

History of NPI

NPI was formed in 1985 by a small group of psychotherapists in Nashville.  While the concept of forming a local organization to provide continuing education was originally suggested by David McMillan and Jennie Adams, several other of our group’s founders were also thinking similarly.  So began an interdisciplinary collaboration that was the formation of NPI.  These seasoned professionals and scholars were prominent in their fields, mentors to many and included: Jennie Adams, LCSW Dick Bruehl, Ph.D. Gloria Calhoun, R.N., Ph.D. Bill Fitts, Ph.D. Roy Hutton, Ph.D. David McMillan, Ph.D. Jim Nash, M.D. Peter Scanlan, Ph.D. Jules Seeman, Ph.D. Bob Stepbach, Ph.D. Hans Strupp, Ph.D.

For more details and musings on the origination of NPI, click on the links below to view published posts by two of our founders and current members:

“The History of NPI” by Roy Hutton, PhD

“The Origins of NPI” by David McMillan, PhD