The Psychoanalytic Education Program is a multifaceted course of study intended to expand and refine the capacity of mental health professionals to understand and work with patients in depth. The program also offers valuable tools for scholars and researchers who wish to increase their effectiveness in their own fields.

Psychotherapists who undertake psychoanalytic training dramatically increase their ability to recognize and work with unconscious intrapsychic and interactional phenomena, as well as the capacity to use their own humanity as an instrument to promote the therapeutic process.

Psychoanalytic training is comprised of three interrelated processes: (1) a personal analysis with a training analyst; (2) clinical experience, consisting of supervised analyses and case presentations; and (3) theoretical and clinical course work. The goal of psychoanalytic training is to integrate these three processes so as to foster the student's psychological understanding and clinical effectiveness, as well as his or her mastery of the theories and techniques of psychoanalysis.


The personal analysis is the foundation upon which psychoanalytic knowledge and understanding is built. It is conducted, at a frequency of at least four times a week, by a "training analyst." Training Analysis are appointed by the Chicago Psychoanalytic Insitute, based on their expertise and immersion in psychoanalytic work, for the express purpose of analyzing and supervising candidates (students) in psychoanalytic training. Understanding of one's unconscious is essential if one is to delve into the unconscious of another and thus conduct productive therapeutic work. The training analysis and life-long self-analysis are the means for achieving and maintaining this depth of understanding of oneself and others.

The training analysis is a dynamic process, the duration of which cannot be easily determined. It is, however, essential that the training analysis be in progress during a significant part of the candidate's experience in analyzing his or her first two cases. The training analysis must be under way before the candidate matriculates. If analysis with a training analyst has been completed before matriculation, the candidate will be asked to reenter analysis.


Applicants for psychoanalytic training are expected to have a minimum of two years of full-time clinical experience and a working knowledge of diagnostics, psychopathology, psychodynamics, and developmental theory. To foster the development of clinical skills, the curriculum is designed to integrate theoretical course work with direct practice. Candidates begin to analyze their first case after the conclusion of an introductory quarter of basic concepts, theory of technique, and seminar demonstrations that focus on the initial phase of analysis.

Candidates in the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program must analyze a minimum of three cases under supervision. Each supervised case is seen four to five times weekly and, to qualify for credit, each must be carried for at least 200 hours and show evidence of a psychoanalytic process. Supervision of each of the first two cases begins at a frequency of one hour per week, decreasing to less frequent consultation as the candidate's ability to analyze increases. A minimum of 175 hours of supervision is required, with at least 50 hours on each of two cases.


Psychoanalysis is a rich, complex, and evolving field. The Institute for Psychoanalysis attracts candidates with a variety of backgrounds and interests in psychoanalysis as a clinical and intellectual pursuit. The curriculum of the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program provides candidates with a thorough familiarity with psychoanalytic theories of motivation, development, and technique. The goal of psychoanalytic education is to facilitate lively, active, and creative discussion among candidates and faculty about the history, conduct, and controversies of psychoanalysis. At the end of their training, candidates should be knowledgeable about fundamental psychoanalytic ideas and be able to think about them critically and apply them in their clinical work.


Schedule of ClasseS

All students will complete their first year through the Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought Program (completion of the Fundamentals Year will be transferrable to each of the Institute's training programs). The remainder of the program will be completed specifically through the Psychoanalytic Education Program.

The academic year, which consists of three quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring), begins in September and ends in June. Once the Fundamentals Year has been completed, the remaining years' classes will be taught on Fridays at the Institute at the following times:

8:30a.m. – 9:45a.m.
10:00a.m. – 11:15a.m. 

11:30a.m. – 12:45p.m. 
1:45p.m. – 3:00p.m. 
3:15p.m. – 4:30p.m.


Along with the application, you will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • $200 Non-Refundable Application Fee (if paying by check, please make out to Institute for Psychoanalysis). Please note that iyou decide after applying and paying the fee that you'd like to cancel your application, we cannot refund the fee.
  • Copy of most recent academic transcripts
  • Copy of license and certificate of malpractice insurance 
  • (2) Letters of Reference from Professional Contacts (Reference guideline forms can be found here)
  • Personal Statement (no more than 1,000 words)

You will be able to start, save and return to the application to complete it before submitting. Please submit your materials by April 15th. Due to limited slots, international applicants should submit applications as soon as possible. Each applicant will also be interviewed. 

Please address questions or concerns about the program to: Education Administration, at or 312-897-1403.


Please visit our Tuition and Fees page for current information.  

The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis offers limited scholarships on an annual basis. Click here for application.

Both APsaA and IPA offer interest-free loans to assist in the cost of psychoanalytic training. For more details, eligibility requirements, and applications, please visit the links below:

APsaA Candidate Assistant Fund:
 - Provides interest-free loans of up to $5,000 to candidates training to be psychoanalysts
 - Please monitor APsaA website for application deadlines
 - Click here  for more information and application
International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) - Candidate Loans:
 - Provides interest-free loans up to $5,000
 - Please monitor IPA website for application deadlines
 - Click here  for more information and application


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


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