THE CHICAGO INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS

ANNOUNCES A NEW PROGRAM:

FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOANALYTIC THOUGHT

An Innovative Approach to Psychoanalytic Education

The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is pleased to offer an innovative approach to psychoanalytic education, a one-year program called “Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought” (Fundamentals).  

This program brings together mental health clinicians, professionals from allied disciplines, college graduates, and others in a learning community within the Institute. The course of study is designed to provide a foundational education in psychoanalytic thought, theory and practice, as it has evolved and changed over the years, and as it is now.

The Fundamentals program consists of four courses a week for three quarters of the academic year. The comprehensive curriculum includes:

  • Evolution of Psychoanalytic Thought
  • Central Psychoanalytic Concepts
  • Development Over the Life-Course
  • Critical Thinking: Defining Psychoanalytic, The Epigenetic-Developmental Model, and Critical Reading
  • Clinical Case Conference
  • The Clinical Encounter

The coursework unifies theory and clinical ideas into a psychoanalytic framework grounded in an understanding of the relevance of psychoanalysis and its myriad applications in our modern, culturally and scientifically complex world.  Fundamentals engages students from diverse backgrounds in a deepening psychoanalytic learning process that gives them the tools and options to shape the psychoanalysis of the future. Click here to view the course catalog.

Students may enroll in the Fundamentals program through several pathways:    

                               

 

Half-time options are available for students choosing to take the program over two years.

For those admitted to a clinical training program, Fundamentals is the first year of training.  After completion of this first year, students move into the next year of training in PEP, APP, or CAPPT.  Students who have completed Fundamentals can later decide to pursue clinical training and, upon admission, enter the second training year.

For more information, please contact Alison Chandler, Director of Education Administration, at achandler@chicagoanalysis.org or 312-897-1403.


Application Procedures:

To apply online, click here. If you would like a downloadable copy to print out and email or mail in, please click here. Along with the application, please submit the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • $100 Application Fee (non-refundable). Please make checks payable to the Institute for Psychoanalysis. Please note that if you decide after applying and paying the fee that you'd like to cancel your application, we cannot refund the fee.
  • Copy of most recent academic transcripts
  • (2) Letters of Reference (Reference guideline forms can be found here)
  • Brief Personal Statement (no more than 1 typed page) explaining interest in the Fundamentals program

Application deadline has been extended to June 1.  Each applicant will also have a personal interview. 

Please submit application materials to:

               Alison Chandler, MA, MS                 
               Institute for Psychoanalysis
               122 S Michigan Ave, Ste 1300
               Chicago, IL 60603

or via email at achandler@chicagoanalysis.org

 


Year 1 Annual Tuition* (2017-2018)

Tuition is based on the program in which you are enrolled.

*Tuition & fees may change annually.


Frequently Asked Questions

 
WHAT IS “FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOANALYTIC THOUGHT”?
Fundamentals is a new and innovative one-year curriculum that provides a foundational understanding of psychoanalytic thought, theory, and practice. The coursework unifies theory and clinical ideas into a psychoanalytic framework grounded in an understanding of the relevance of psychoanalysis and its myriad applications in our modern, culturally and scientifically complex world.
 
WHO IS THE FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM FOR?
This program is for two broad groups. The first is clinicians interested in pursuing various levels of further clinical training in psychoanalytic work. The second is a broader group of interested professionals in related fields, recent college graduates with an interest in psychoanalytic ideas, or any member of the interested public who wants a year-long immersion in psychoanalytic ideas. Students receive a certificate upon completion of the program.
 
WHO ARE FUNDAMENTALS STUDENTS?
Students come together in this program to study Fundamentals. The students are those who want a one-year in-depth study of psychoanalytic thought, students beginning the Psychoanalytic Education Program, students beginning the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, and students beginning the Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. After the Fundamentals year, students in clinical training separate into their clinical pathway to study with more depth and specificity.
 
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAM?
Students may apply directly for the Fundamentals year (online applications for the Fundamentals only program will be available soon). Students who already know they want to pursue clinical training should apply to the training program of interest to them. Admissions requirements differ according to program. For more information, please click here to review the specific training programs or contact Alison Chandler at achandler@chicagoanalysis.org.
 
WHAT IS THE FUNDAMENTALS SCHEDULE?
Classes will meet Fridays from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Click here to review the comprehensive curriculum schedule.
 
IS THERE A PART-TIME OPTION?
Yes, students may split the program into 2 years by taking 3 classes per year, rather than the full course load of 6 courses in 1 year.
 
WHAT ARE THE 2 OPTIONS FOR ADULT PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY STUDENTS?
There are two levels for Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy students.  In option 1 (called APP), students take Evolution of Psychoanalytic Thought and the Case Conference. Both of these classes meet every week. In option 2 (called APP+2), students take the full 6 courses of the Fundamentals program. Students in both options move to the 2nd year of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.
 
IS PERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY OR PSYCHOANALYSIS REQUIRED FOR THE FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM?
It depends.  Fundamentals year students are not required to be in their own therapy, nor are APP or APP+2 students. However, it is recommended. Students who enter as CAPPT students are required to be in intensive therapy or analysis. Students who enter as PEP students are required to be in analysis. Students can be assisted to find a reduced-fee treatment, at their request.
 
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND THE CHICAGO INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS?
The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis has a rich history of exceptional clinical and theoretical contributions to the field of psychoanalysis. The Fundamentals in Psychoanalytic Thought program extends this tradition with an innovative and integrative approach to psychoanalytic education. The Institute’s mission is to advance psychoanalytic theory, values and practice through its educational programs, clinical services, scholarship and community work.

Accreditation

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation require-ments and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 15* AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists:  The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers:  The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for social workers by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning a maximum of 15 hours* of Continuing Education for Social Workers.

Professional Counselors:  The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Professional Counselors and Clinical Professional Counselors by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing educational activity as earning a maximum of 15 hours* Continuing Education credit.

Marriage and Family Therapists: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Marriage and Family Therapists by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing education.

*Hours are per course

The Institute for Psychoanalysis does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, and national or ethnic origin.