To address the unique needs of couple therapists, the Institute, in partnership with the Institute for Clinical Social Work offers a one-year program focused on the complexities of working with dyadic relationships.  Whether couples need assistance facilitating a dialogue or whether the interaction between partners needs attention, psychoanalytic theory is uniquely suited to creating stable relationships as it addresses the deeper roots of these difficulties.

Psychoanalytic models of object relations, self psychology, dynamic systems and relational will be applied to understanding dynamics of couples and modes of intervention.  Integrating these models can better capture the way each individual contributes and the way it affects functioning as a couple.  The utility of non-psychoanalytic approaches that supplement this work will also be considered.

This integrative approach will be applied to the range of problems that couples present with, including infidelity, sexual dysfunction, communication, illness or disability, step-families and the impact of life changes.   Issues that can emerge in specific populations, such as same-sex couples, multicultural partners and interracial couples, will also be considered.

In addition to coursework, students will have consultation on their work with couples.  The core faculty includes Carla Leone PhD, Arthur Nielsen MD and Karen Bloomberg PhD.  They will be joined by guest faculty lecturers and expert couple therapists who will provide case consultation.

This program is open to licensed mental health clinicians with experience conducting individual psychotherapy and some exposure to work with couples and whose practice includes work with couples.

This program is offered only to on-site students.



  • Basic tenets of psychoanalytic couple therapy: influence of each partner’s history and psychology; influence of unconscious processes on relationships; creating an alliance; interpretations and other interventions; dealing with transference and countertransference

  • Models of psychoanalytic couple therapy: object relations; self-psychology; dynamic systems and relational

  • Incorporation of non-psychoanalytic approaches: how and when these can enhance couple therapy

  • Applications to typical couple presentations and specific populations


Classes meet Thursday Mornings
122 S Michigan Ave, 13th floor
Chicago, IL  60603


To apply online, click here. Along with the application, you will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Curriculum vitae/resume

  • Official academic transcripts

  • (2) Letters of reference (Reference guidelines can be found here)

  • Copy of your license

  • Personal statement (no more than 600 words)

  • $100 Application fee (non-refundable)

You will be able to start, save and return to the application to complete it, before submitting.
For consideration to begin in Fall, please submit your materials by June 1.
Each applicant will also have a personal interview.

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for details

Please direct admissions questions to our Education Coordinator,  education@chicagoanalysis.org, 312-897-1403

We are committed to serving faculty, students, consumers of therapy, and community members with respect and dignity. The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital or familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or gender identity.


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 Psychoanalytic Institute. 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 Psychoanalytic Institute is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Psychologists by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning 15 hours of Continuing Education for Psychologists. CE Sponsor License #268.000091.

Social Workers:  The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute 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 Psychoanalytic Institute 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 Psychoanalytic Institute 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