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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Board approves organizational effectiveness recommendations

In January, the Institute board approved governance changes that empower the Institute president, dean and a new Faculty Senate to lead the organization more effectively.

“By approving the Organizational Effectiveness Task Force’s recommendations, we have ensured our governance structure is as contemporary as the Institute’s psychoanalytic mission and practice,” said Board Chair Robert Graham.

In fall 2017, the board created the Organizational Effectiveness Task Force, led by Vice Chair Stephen Berger.  Task Force and board members were most concerned to maintain educational excellence and develop collaborative plans with the faculty to enhance existing programs as well as to reorganize the governance of the Institute consistent with that goal and  modern practices.

They cited as one positive example the new partnership with the Institute for Clinical Social Work to open up degree possibilities for Institute students and welcome ICSW students to Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute programs.  To meet the organization’s needs they approved several changes, including:

  • President: The board approved expanding the president position from half- to nearly full-time. This will allow President Erika Schmidt additional time to lead the activities of the Institute, including fundraising.
  • Faculty Senate: The board also created a new body of seven faculty members plus the dean to consult with and advise the president, dean and board. Faculty members will serve staggered two-year terms; the dean will be a non-voting member. In an election concluded February 25, the faculty elected Laura Esikoff, MA, Steven Flagel, MD, Charles Jaffe, MD, Ann Kaplan, PhD, Mark Levey, MD, Kate Schechter, PhD and Molly Witten, PhD as the first members of the new faculty senate.
  • Dean and Academic Committees: The dean will be responsible for selecting faculty committee chairs, who will organize their respective committees.
  • Search Committees: The board also provided for creation of search committees, comprised jointly of both faculty and board members, to lead the search for candidates to fill future openings in the president and dean positions.

President Erika Schmidt thanked board and faculty members for their leadership: “I’m grateful to our board and faculty for the effort they invested in the Institute’s long-term viability with our re-branding and recent governance changes,” she said. “Future therapists and their patients, the Chicago region, and our discipline will all benefit from their work.”

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