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.

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Latest news from the Institute

  • Join us May 15 for our annual benefit

    The Institute’s Annual Spring Benefit will be held this year May 15 at the University Club.  Registration is open!  Details on tickets and sponsorship here.  

    The Benefit is a time to gather and socialize, relax to music, enjoy a glass of wine and break bread with friends and colleagues.  It is an opportunity for the Institute community to come together and celebrate our work and the impact psychoanalysis has on improving the human experience.  This year, the evening’s program will include a conversation between the renowned philosopher and member of our Board of Trustees, Martha C. Nussbaum and the Vice President and Chief Content Officer at WBEZ, Steve Edwards in conversation on Anger and Fear in the Midst of our Political Crisis.

    Featured speakers 

    Steve EdwardsMartha NussbaumMartha C. Nussbaum is a distinguished American philosopher, Professor of Law and Ethics at University of Chicago, celebrated author, and the winner of many distinguished national and international awards.

    Steve Edwards is Vice President and Chief Content Officer at WBEZ and former Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.  They will discuss the intense emotions of politics and how we might better understand them to improve our ability to look forward with hope.  We look forward to sharing the evening with you!  

    Have questions about sponsorship or other questions about the event?  Please contact Development Director Mary Mucci at or 312-897-1424.

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