Training Program In Psychoanalysis | 4-Year Candidate

Contemporary Psychoanalysis offers extraordinary opportunities for personal growth and healing. Recent developments in the areas of attachment, trauma, neuroscience, philosophy, infant research, consciousness, and complex dynamic systems expand the domain of psychoanalysis in ways never before imagined.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis affords candidates the excitement of advances in psychoanalytic thought built on our rich heritage of psychoanalytic theory. Appreciation of our embeddedness in contexts of diversity, culture, and history informs our thinking and teaching. Many of our instructors are widely regarded authorities in the field and contribute regularly to the literature.

As a center for inquiry, clinical training, and research, we embrace the tripartite method training. Immersion in a training analysis infuses coursework with personal meaning and augments engagement in three supervised control cases.

We welcome applicants from a variety of disciplines to take part in this unique exploratory adventure that will increase knowledge, expand self-awareness, and enhance clinical skills.

The Institute of Contemporary psychoanalysis accepts applications for psychoanalytic training throughout the year. Applications can be submitted at any time though if submitted after July 1st we cannot guarantee they will be processed in time to start that September.

Weekday classes are scheduled on Thursdays, 9:45am – 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Weekend courses are taught one weekend per month (Friday – Sunday), six months per academic year and are available for those that live at a distance to ICP.

Candidate Application



The program of study consists of:

  1. Personal analysis
  2. 3 psychoanalytic cases completed under supervision.
  3. 4 years of seminars – CE’s
  4. Final Paper/Project

As Candidates and Members of ICP your Tuition / Membership dues include the use of PEP Web (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing – an online library of journals and books) and access to our List Serve which is a great resource for referrals, events, discussions and support.

ICP is an unaccredited institute that has been approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education to grant both the Psy.D and Ph.D degrees in psychoanalysis. The Bureau’s website is

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the University is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at or (510) 748-9001.

All psychoanalytic institutes that offer PsyDs and PhDs in California are affected by the following new regulations. ICP is exploring multiple avenues to continue awarding PhDs and PsyDs in psychoanalysis.  

Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree
programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following

 Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United
States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one
degree program.

 Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1,
2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, the following will happen:

 The institution must stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and

 Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall
have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.

ICP is also approved to train qualified academicians in psychoanalysis under the California Research Psychoanalyst law regulated by the Medical Board of California.

Candidate Application

For questions regarding our 4 Year Analytic Program, please contact the Admission Co-Chairs:

Cathy Goldfarb, Psy.D., L.C.S.W
Office: (310) 201-6352


Susan Fox Horn, Psy.D., L.C.S.W.
Office: (310) 699-5750

If you prefer not to download the application or have questions please write or call:

Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
10780 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 350
Los Angeles, California 90025-4779
fax: 310-207-6083

A graduate mental health degree or the equivalent is required. Applicants must be licensed in the state in which they practice. In addition, they must have a sufficient amount of postgraduate experience to prepare them for psychoanalytic training. Requirements for research candidates are described above. Applicants who have experience and training beyond the minimal requirements in another psychoanalytic institute will be considered for advanced candidacy. Applicants to all programs are asked to submit a completed application form, a brief psychological autobiography, a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, copies of their license and malpractice insurance, and an application fee. Following a review of these materials, those applicants who are accepted for the next stage of admission will be interviewed by three ICP members and one candidate member. Interviews will assess personal and professional qualifications; at least one interview will require the presentation of case material.


We have a rolling admissions process, so that your application can be considered as soon as it is complete.
Our  non-refundable application fee is $125. There is no guarantee of acceptance for applications submitted after July 1.

Tuition: $1,500 per semester for full-time status effective September 2012 and $100 candidate organization annual fee.
For information on Scholarships and Loans please go to: programs of tuition deferral and fellowship are available, based on financial need.


Graduation Class of 2014

Graduation Class of 2014



There are four years of seminars, each year divided into two 15 week semesters. The course of study at ICP encourages candidate independence, along with responsibility to master a core body of psychoanalytic knowledge.


The ICP curriculum is derived from its guiding principles: a critical consideration of the diverse theory and practice of contemporary psychoanalysis combined with respect for the academic freedom of candidates and members. The course of study should lead to informed and independent thinking; we instill a learning process that will continue long after graduation. The curriculum gives candidates considerable freedom to choose among seminars: half the course offerings are case conferences and electives. In addition, candidates are encouraged to propose their own electives and to engage in independent study. The Institute will expect that candidates demonstrate clinical skill and understanding of basic psychoanalytic principles through their performance in supervision, written case reports, and seminars.


ICP core courses and electives, as well as most public education programs, are approved for Category 1 Continuing Education Credit by the following:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE7)

 ICP maintains responsibility for all programs and content thereof.


Candidates may enroll part time, spreading the regular first year of training over a two year period. Where two 15 week courses are required each semester in full training, the candidate in the part time program would take only one course each semester. In addition, part time candidates are not required to be in a full training analysis (four or five times per week) though they are required to be, at a minimum, in two times per week individual psychotherapy with an ICP training analyst. Candidates remain in the part time program for a maximum of two years, after which they must be in a full training analysis. Entrance requirements for the part time program are the same as for the full time program.


This program is designed for those who live at a distance or work full time. Courses are taught one weekend per month, six months per year. Courses are equivalent to the weekly psychoanalytic training program. All other requirements are the same as for the weekly program except that part-time enrollment is not available.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

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

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ICP designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP’s. Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis is recognized as a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider #137324.

Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation refund for this program.

Please submit any requests for special accommodations to the ICP Office.

All grievances may be filed with the ICP Office.

The ICP office can be contacted at (310) 207-8441 or


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