Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have, for decades, been attracted to psychoanalysis as a hermeneutic field that allows for a unique interpretative perspective on a vast array of human problems.  Professionals such as lawyers, judges and physicians have also found that psychoanalytic understanding profoundly enhances their ability to address critical issues in their fields. Following a preliminary clinical and didactic experience, students in this program join in the full Psychoanalytic Education Program.  The preliminary clinical work is a sequence that begins with a clinical observation experience followed by a clinical practice experience. The Scholars and Professionals program offers a clinical and a non-clinical track. Those who wish to practice clinical psychoanalysis have two options.  CPI has partnered with the Institute for Clinical Social Work which provides a degree program in professional counseling leading to a clinical mental health license.  Some of the work towards this master’s degree can be completed congruently with psychoanalytic training. Alternatively, some students may choose to pursue a path towards clinical training without getting a mental health degree and license. The non-clinical track for Scholars and Professionals includes all the components of psychoanalytic training with the exception of clinical work and supervision.  This option is best suited for those who aren’t interested in being psychoanalytic clinicians but rather want to explore the use of psychoanalytic concepts and theory outside the clinical setting.

This program is open to any individual holding the highest degree in a field of study such as PhD, MD, JD, MSW or MBA. Individuals having unusually rich personal and professional backgrounds may apply.
This program is offered locally and to distance students.

Curriculum

Students in the Scholars and Professionals programs enroll in the full didactic Psychoanalytic Education curriculum starting with the fundamentals year.  The program offers a clinical and a non-clinical track.

Those who wish to practice clinical psychoanalysis have two options.  CPI has partnered with the Institute for Clinical Social Work which provides a degree program in professional counseling leading to a clinical mental health license.  Some of the work towards this master’s degree can be completed congruently with psychoanalytic training.

Alternatively, some students may choose to pursue a path towards clinical training as an unlicensed practicing psychoanalyst.

Three preliminary courses are required for students in the Scholars and Professionals program:  —psychopathology, ethics, and fundamentals of psychotherapy.

Classes meet Fridays between 8:30AM-4:30PM CST

122 S Michigan Ave, 13th floor
Chicago, IL  60603

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

  • Case Write-Up: Applicants with academic or non-clinical backgrounds are asked to provide an example of their scholarly work. We ask that you submit 5-10 typed pages.

  • Copy of most recent academic transcripts

  • Copy of certificate of malpractice insurance (must be on file prior to meeting with patients)

  • (3) Letters of Reference (Reference guideline forms can be found here)

  • Your current curriculum vitae/resume

  • $200 Non-Refundable Application Fee

​For consideration, please submit your materials by April 15th deadline has been extended to June 1
Due to limited slots, international applicants should submit applications as soon as possible. Each applicant will also be interviewed.

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.

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 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