Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training


*Courses not offered 2015-2016*

PPT Application
Deadline for applications is August 21st, 2015 and the seminars start September 5th, 2015.  Seminars are held at the ICP campus in West Los Angeles two Saturdays a month from 10:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. CE/CME’s offered.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

ICP is offering qualified licensed clinicians a 20 week program devoted to training in the concepts and practices of contemporary psychoanalytic psychology. Uniquely case centered, the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPT) focuses not only on the what of modern psychoanalysis (its theory) but also on the how (its clinical practice). The readings, drawn from eminent contemporary psychoanalytic publications, are limited but very relevant to each case presentation.

A second year of the PPT is open to students who have completed the first year of the program. Seminars will be designed by the PPT Committee with input from incoming second year students.


The PPT program offers two ten seminar semesters for licensed clinicians.  Seminars begin with an overview of  the history and development of psychoanalysis.  This includes a brief introduction to major analytic theories beginning with Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis and ending with Kohut and Self Psychology.  Following this introduction the class moves into contemporary psychoanalysis including Relational Theory,  Intersubjective Systems Theory, Specificity Theory and Complexity Theory.  Case material will be presented to illustrate how the therapist can utilize a particular theoretical perspective in clinical practice. The final seminars cover Attachment Theory, Infant Research, and Trauma Theory and how these are integrated into contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults.  Case material will illustrate this integration. Seminars are led by afacilitator who is either an ICP analyst or an advanced candidate at the Institute.  Instructors for each seminar meeting are members of ICP who have special expertise in the topic of that particular seminar. Seminars are taught by instructors from the institute faculty. Assigned readings augment these presentations.


Program participants will also participate in a weekly case consultation group led by an experienced ICP training analyst and consisting of no more than three students. The consultation group allows students to deepen their understanding of material by integrating their learning with their clinical work. The Advanced PPT does not include a consultation group.

Here is an example of a recent PPT 20 week curriculum:

•  Overview
Instructor: Carol Mayhew, Ph.D., Psy.D
• Freud
Instructor: Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D., Psy.D
• Klein
Instructor: Lynda Chassler, Ph.D.
• Object Relations – Winnicott
Instructor: Michael Pariser, Psy.D., Psy.D.
• Object Relations – Guntrip/Fairbairn
Instructor: Robin Cohen, Ph.D.
• Ferenczi
Instructor: Karen Koch, Psy.D., L.C.S.W.
• Self Psychology
Instructor: Margy Sperry, Psy.D.
• Intersubjectivity Theory – Stolorow and Atwood
Instructor: Jeffrey Trop, M.D.
• Intersubjectivity Theory – Orange and Brandchaft
Instructor: Penelope Starr-Karlin, Psy.D.
• Intersubjectivity Theory – Slavin and Hoffman
Instructor: Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D., Psy.D.
• Relational Theory – Bromberg and Stern
Instructor: Carola Kaplan, Ph.D., Psy.D.
• Relational Theory – Stephen Mitchell
Instructor: Elizabeth Berger Vittes, Ph.D
• Relational Theory – Jessica Benjamin
Instructor: Estelle Shane, Ph.D.
• Relational Theory – Jody Messler Davies
Elaine Silberman, Ph.D., Psy.D.
• Complexity Theory
Instructor: William Coburn, Ph.D., Psy.D.
• The Non Verbal Realm: Working with the Evoked and the Enacted
Instructor: Eileen Paris, Ph.D., Psy.D.
• Attachment Theory – Mentalization
Instructor: C. Roger Hastings, Ph.D., Psy.D.
• Infant Research – Daniel Stern
Instructor: Helen Ziskind, Psy.D., M.S.W.
• Infant Research – Beebe and Lachmann
Instructor: Holly Hardgrove, Psy.D., M.S.W.
• Conclusion and Discussion
Instructors: Janice Ehrlich, Psy.D., L.C.S.W., Susan Mendenhall, Psy.D., M.S.W., and Laura Sanderson, Psy.D., M.F.T.

  PPT Application



  1. One time application fee (non-refundable): $50.00
  2. Tuition per semester:   $700.00 (Please note that group consultation is included in the tuition fee.)


10780 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90025


“The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”

“The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”

PHYSICIANS: The ICP is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The ICP designates this live activity for a maximum of (depending on the program) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
SOCIAL WORKERS, MFT, LEP’s & LPCC’s: This course meets the qualifications for (depending on the program) Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Educational Psychologists and/or Licensed Professional California Counselors as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE7).

 No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

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