The Psychoanalytic Education Program is a multifaceted course of study intended to expand and refine the capacity of mental health professionals to understand and work with patients in depth. The program also offers valuable tools for scholars and researchers who wish to increase their effectiveness in their own fields.

Psychotherapists who undertake psychoanalytic training dramatically increase their ability to recognize and work with unconscious intrapsychic and interactional phenomena, as well as the capacity to use their own humanity as an instrument to promote the therapeutic process.

Psychoanalytic training is comprised of three interrelated processes: (1) a personal analysis with a training analyst; (2) clinical experience, consisting of supervised analyses and case presentations; and (3) theoretical and clinical course work. The goal of psychoanalytic training is to integrate these three processes so as to foster the student's psychological understanding and clinical effectiveness, as well as his or her mastery of the theories and techniques of psychoanalysis.


PERSONAL ANALYSIS

The personal analysis is the foundation upon which psychoanalytic knowledge and understanding is built. It is conducted, at a frequency of at least four times a week, by a "training analyst." Training analysts are appointed by the American Psychoanalytic Association, based on their expertise and immersion in psychoanalytic work, for the express purpose of analyzing and supervising candidates (students) in psychoanalytic training. Understanding of one's unconscious is essential if one is to delve into the unconscious of another and thus conduct productive therapeutic work. The training analysis and life-long self-analysis are the means for achieving and maintaining this depth of understanding of oneself and others.

The training analysis is a dynamic process, the duration of which cannot be easily determined. It is, however, essential that the training analysis be in progress during a significant part of the candidate's experience in analyzing his or her first two cases. The training analysis must be under way before the candidate matriculates. If analysis with a training analyst has been completed before matriculation, the candidate will be asked to reenter analysis.


CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Applicants for psychoanalytic training are expected to have a minimum of two years of full-time clinical experience and a working knowledge of diagnostics, psychopathology, psychodynamics, and developmental theory. To foster the development of clinical skills, the curriculum is designed to integrate theoretical course work with direct practice. Candidates begin to analyze their first case after the conclusion of an introductory quarter of basic concepts, theory of technique, and seminar demonstrations that focus on the initial phase of analysis.

Candidates in the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program must analyze a minimum of three cases under supervision. Each supervised case is seen four to five times weekly and, to qualify for credit, each must be carried for at least 200 hours and show evidence of a psychoanalytic process. Supervision of each of the first two cases begins at a frequency of one hour per week, decreasing to less frequent consultation as the candidate's ability to analyze increases. A minimum of 175 hours of supervision is required, with at least 50 hours on each of two cases.


THEORETICAL AND CLINICAL COURSES

Psychoanalysis is a rich, complex, and evolving field. The Institute for Psychoanalysis attracts candidates with a variety of backgrounds and interests in psychoanalysis as a clinical and intellectual pursuit. The curriculum of the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program provides candidates with a thorough familiarity with psychoanalytic theories of motivation, development, and technique. The goal of psychoanalytic education is to facilitate lively, active, and creative discussion among candidates and faculty about the history, conduct, and controversies of psychoanalysis. At the end of their training, candidates should be knowledgeable about fundamental psychoanalytic ideas and be able to think about them critically and apply them in their clinical work.


AT-LARGE STUDENTS

The Institute also offers the opportunity for interested persons to take individual courses in the Psychoanalytic Training Program.  Click here for more information.


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Schedule of Classes

Beginning Fall 2016, all students will complete their first year through the Fundamentals of Thought Program (completion of the Fundamentals Year will be transferrable to each of the Institute's training programs). The remainder of the program will be completed specifically through the Psychoanalytic Education Program.

The academic year, which consists of three quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring), begins in mid-September and runs through mid-June. Once the Fundamentals Year has been completed, the remaining years' classes will be taught on Fridays at the Institute at the following times:

8:30a.m. – 9:45a.m.
10:00a.m. – 11:15a.m. 

11:30a.m. – 12:45p.m. 
1:45p.m. – 3:00p.m. 
3:15p.m. – 4:30p.m.


APPLICATION & FURTHER INFORMATION

If you are interested in applying to the Psychoanalytic Education Program, please contact either the Institute Dean and Director of the Psychoanalytic Education Program, Dr. Neal Spira, at nspira@chicagoanalysis.org  or (312)  607-2573 , or the Chair of the Admissions Committee, Ms. Caryle Perlman, at cperlman@chicagoanalysis.org or (312) 235-0200. 

Along with the application, please submit the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • $200 Non-Refundable Application Fee (if paying by check, please make out to Institute for Psychoanalysis). Please note that iyou decide after applying and paying the fee that you'd like to cancel your application, we cannot refund the fee.
  • Copy of academic transcripts
  • Copy of license and certificate of malpractice insurance 
  • (3) Letters of Reference (Instruction form)
  • Case Write-Up (details can be found on application)

For consideration, please submit your materials by May 1. Due to limited slots, international applicants should submit applications as soon as possible. Each applicant will also be interviewed.

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


TUITION & APPLICATION FEES (2017-2018)*

  • 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees for 1st year (Fundamentals Year):
    • ​Full Time: $4,250 per year (billed in 3 quarterly installments)
    • Half Time: $3,600 per year (billed in 3 quarterly installments)
  • 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees for 2nd year and beyond

*Tuition & fees may change annually

TO PAY APPLICATION FEES, PLEASE CLICK HERE:

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TUITION PAYMENT POLICY

  • Tuition must be paid in full by the end of the late registration period (deadline). If paying by credit card, a $15 transaction will be assessed for amounts of $650 or greater.
  • Students who cannot meet this requirement must, prior to the end of the late registration period, contact the Business Office to arrange a payment plan that will enable full payment by the end of the quarter. There is a $25 enrollment fee per quarter for the payment plan.
  • If all tuition is not paid in full, or other approved financial payment plan arranged, a late payment penalty will be assessed and the student may not attend classes, receive supervision, or participate in their program.
 

LOANS & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis offers limited scholarships on an annual basis. Click here for application.

Both APsaA and IPA offer interest-free loans to assist in the cost of psychoanalytic training. For more details, eligibility requirements, and applications, please visit the links below:

APsaA Candidate Assistant Fund:
 - Provides interest-free loans of up to $5,000 to candidates training to be psychoanalysts
 - Please monitor APsaA website for application deadlines
 - Click here  for more information and application
 
International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) - Candidate Loans:
 - Provides interest-free loans up to $5,000
 - Please monitor IPA website for application deadlines
 - Click here  for more information and application

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 8 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 8 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 8 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 educational activity as earning 8 hour Continuing Education credit.

*Hours are per activity


COMPLAINTS

To lodge a complaint against a member or candidate, please contact Neal Spira at nspira@chicagoanalysis.org

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