Thank you to all who applied to the Institute's Education Programming. All Fall 2020 courses will be taught online as a precautionary measure to the COVID-19 pandemic. Institute staff and leadership will continue processing applications in eager anticipation of the coming semester. 


Frontline Responders Program
Starting May 25th, the Institute is offering pro bono teletherapy mental health care to frontline workers in Illinois.
Anyone interested can call 
(312) 897-1405 or email


Our Mission

The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute transforms the lives of individuals, families and communities using psychoanalytic knowledge to help them grow and thrive.


Human beings and being human are at the core of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute’s mission.
The Institute is dedicated to advancing knowledge of human beings— their feelings, thoughts and behavior—and to improving people’s lives. Since 1932, the Institute has contributed to the expansion of the field of psychoanalysis through education and scholarship. Today, the Institute offers a contemporary model of psychoanalytic thought relevant to individual and community life. The Institute’s education programs for mental health professionals provide advanced training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. The Institute’s treatment centers provide psychoanalytically informed services for children, adolescents and adults. Its continuing education and community engagement programs bring psychoanalytic ideas to public discussions of cultural and social issues.

Faculty and students can access course-related materials with the login in the page footer.


Latest News From The Institute

New Dean
Dr. Wendy Selene PhD, LCSW was elected Dean of the Institute and will begin her tenure effective July 1. Dr. Selene has served as the Institute’s Director of Conferences and Continuing Education and has moderated a number of conferences, namely “Psychological Warfare And Attacks On Reality: The Role of the Therapist In the Era of Trump” and “Gender 2020: Psychoanalysis Adjusts its Vision."

Dr. Selene has a private practice in Evanston, IL where she offers psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with a special interest in early and young adult parent loss, trauma and blocked mourning.

She is a member of the Committee for Social Responsibility and Social Justice for the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and does death penalty mitigation for the Cook County Public Defenders’ Office in Chicago.

Dr. Selene received her doctorate from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in 2020. Welcome, Dean Selene!

New Education Program
As a result of the pandemic, this program will start in 2021 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute (CPI) and the Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW) are pleased to announce a new one-year certificate program in Integrative Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy to begin in September 2021. This specialized training, offered nowhere else in Chicago, is designed to enhance the skills of couple therapists using an integrative psychoanalytic perspective.

Novice and experienced therapists alike struggle with the many challenges of couple psychotherapy. Some couples can be helped by facilitating a dialogue between the partners, but many others struggle with affect regulation, narcissistic vulnerability, feelings of rage or hopelessness, sequelae of trauma and other issues. Psychoanalytic theory is uniquely suited to focus on the deeper roots of such difficulties. This program will help therapists learn to address these issues in dyadic relationships.

Three of Chicago's preeminent couple therapists are the core faculty for the program: Carla Leone PhD, program director, Arthur Nielsen MD and Karen Bloomberg PhD. They will be joined by guest lecturers and expert couple therapists who will provide case consultation for students.

Starting in September, classes will meet Thursday mornings for 27 weeks over the course of the 2020-21 academic year. Program components include: didactic lectures by core and guest faculty including discussions of readings, film clips and clinical vignettes; case conferences with presentations by participants; individual case consultation with outside consultants; and a capstone paper. 

Applicants must be licensed clinicians with experience as therapists and have at least two couples in treatment during the program. Continuing education credits will be awarded and upon completion participants will receive a certificate. Scholarship assistance is available. For more information see the program’s webpages: or 

Dr. Carla Leone, PhD who will direct the program, is a faculty member at CPI and ICSW, Secretary of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, and the author of numerous published papers on couple therapy and related topics.

Dr. Arthur Nielsen, MD is a CPI faculty member, a board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and the author of A Roadmap for Couple Therapy: Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic and Behavioral Approaches as well as many other relevant publications.

Dr. Karen Bloomberg, PhD is on the faculty of CPI and ICSW and serves as Dean of Students at ICSW. She has taught courses in Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy and presented widely on couples’ issues.


Annual Fund
It's never too alte to give to the Annual Fund. By now, solicitation letters should have arrived in your mailbox.
Please give generously to the Institute. Every gift, no matter the amount, helps us transform the lives of individuals,
their families, their workplaces and communities.

Because of your Annual Fund support, we can do the following:
•Distance Learning Programs
•Conferences Addressing Societal Issues
•Continuing Education Programs and Workshops
•Sliding Scale Clinical Services at our Treatment Center
•Specialized Therapeutic School Programs in Underserved Communities
•Children’s Grief Services
•Student Scholarships

CLICK HERE, mail your check to the Institute or call to make your donation 312-922-7474


The School Year is Getting Off On the Right Foot

One student writes:
Just wanted to say that I found today’s classes engaging and interesting, and I am just even more excited to embark on this training. I was actually pleasantly surprised, as a distance student, by how well the Zoom platform worked and allowed for discussions that literally went around the world. The cohort is obviously diverse, well-informed, and interested and I think our discussions are going to be enjoyable and informative.
(Distance Student, personal communication, September 6, 2019)


Kudos to our Authors!
Congratulations to faculty member Peter Shabad on the publication of his article, "Who Suffered More? Rivalry for the Right to be Loved," which appears in the latest issue of the journal, Psychoanalytic Dialogues.
Shabad's article is a response to a piece in the same issue by the late Harvey Peskin entitled, "Who has the Right to Mourn?" Peskin argued that the denial of the wish to grieve causes injury to one's sense of self. Shabad examines what it means to "have a right" to grieve and how to make sure individual expressions of grief are acknowledged.
The link below will take you to a summary of Shabad's article. Visitors to the McLean Library can view and download the article on our public computers.

Who Suffered More? Rivalry for the Right to be Loved
(Peter Shabad, September 5, 2019)

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