Exploring Psychoanalysis

Note new application deadline: Monday, July 29

Exploring Psychoanalysis group

Read about the 2019 cohort's last class of the year here


Eligible students receive a year-long introduction to analytic concepts through seminars, case conferences and one-to-one mentoring, free of charge

Advanced trainees and recent graduates in psychiatry, psychology, and social work who have significant interest in psychoanalysis as a body of knowledge and as a framework with which to understand and carry out therapeutic work may apply to Exploring Psychoanalysis. Artists and academics interested in applying analytic concepts to their work may also apply. Exploring Psychoanalysis (formerly the Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program) includes the following components:


  • Monthly 2-hour seminar on a Saturday morning led by a member of the Institute faculty at the Institute’s offices, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Relevant readings will be suggested.
  • 4 clinical case conferences will offer participants the opportunity to present clinical work for discussion with faculty and peers.
  • Mentoring by an Institute faculty member. Mentors and students will meet monthly to discuss therapeutic issues, papers, research, and other topics of interest to the participant.
  • Free entry as a guest to Institute scientific meetings and continuing education programs during the Exploring Psychoanalysis year, with continuing education credits available.


The program is offered at no cost to participants. 


Qualified candidates, please submit the following:

  1. 2-page or shorter personal essay describing the development of your interest in psychoanalysis and the application of psychoanalytic concepts.
  2. Letter of recommendation from a recent faculty member or supervisor with direct knowledge of your therapeutic work with individuals.
  3. Current curriculum vitae.


Application materials must be received by Friday, July 12

No late applications will be accepted. Offers of admission will be announced in early September. Positions are limited. Send application materials to:


Nancy Lawrenz, Psy.D.
Exploring Psychoanalysis Program Director
c/o Emma Fleischer, Administrative Coordinator
Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute
122 South Michigan Ave., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60603


Please send applications (or questions) to Emma Fleischer, efleischer@chicagoanalysis.org, 312-897-1430

Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, and national or ethnic origin