ICP Administration

ICP Board of Directors


Nick Ryan, Psy.D., L.M.F.T.

                                                                      Vice President

                                                                                                  Susan Mendenhall, Psy.D., L.C.S.W.


                                                                                                         Mary Walters, Psy.D., L.C.S.W.


                                                                                                                         Suresh Jain


 Helen Ziskind, Psy.D., L.C.S.W

Sylvia Jones, M.S.W., Ph.D., Psy.D.

Russel Koch, Ph.D., Psy.D

Jamie Rodin, L.C.S.W., Psy.D.

Kati Breckenridge, Ph.D. ,Psy.D.

Mary Walters, Psy.D., M.S.W.

Deborah Peters, Ph.D.

Paula Kenney, Psy.D., L.M.F.T.

Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Scott R Garrels, Ph.D.

Marsha Tilles, Psy.D., L.C.S.W.

Committees & Chairs

The various committees perform the functions of ICP, such as developing curriculum or monitoring progress of candidates. Committees are volunteer efforts and include self-nominated participants. Appointments are in increments of two-year terms, as this fulfils a conditional requirement for candidacy. Participation in committees is necessary for the continued responsiveness of ICP to its community and the successful operation of the organization.

 Admissions Committee

Mark Winitsky, Psy.D., M.F.T, Chair

The Admissions committee is a rather large commitment. It meets on an average of once a month; however there is no regular schedule with meetings arranged based on the number of people who are ready for consideration for admissions as senior, regular or candidate members. The committee may meet every week during the spring and summer, as applications for training are being processed.  

The committee is in charge of assigning interviews for potential candidates. Members of the committee are expected to be actively involved in the interview process, as the committee tries to ensure that at least one of the interviewers is on the Admissions committee. The committee meets to hear all the reports from the interviews and other supporting material for applications. There is usually much discussion about each person and the committee votes to accept or not accept each individual. The meetings may last for several hours as the committee attempts to reach a strong majority decision about each applicant. If there is not a strong majority vote, then all the interviewers of that applicant are asked to come to the next meeting so that the committee can get further information.  

The committee also addresses admission policy issues, which are in the form of recommendations made to the Board about the admissions process and requirements. 


Candidate Progression Committee (CPC)

Robyn Sewitz, Psy.D, L.C.S.W., –Chair

The Candidate Progression Committee is charged with monitoring the progress of each candidate as they work their way through the requirements of personal analysis, case supervision, and course work at ICP.  

The committee is comprised of members and candidates who participate equally in monitoring the individual progression of each candidate on a yearly basis, reviewing the ICP files to assure that requirements are being fulfilled in a timely manner. The committee assigns an Advisor to each incoming first year candidate. Candidate members of the committee may not serve as an Advisor; however they may be assigned to graduation projects as the CPC reader. The committee also receives and processes any special requests for waivers, forwarding its recommendations to the Board for final approval.  

The CPC oversees candidates and members who choose to be on “leave” status, and processes requests regarding classes, supervision, and special circumstances. The Chairs of the CPC maintain and update the Candidate Manual on a regular basis. This is a working committee that requires commitments beyond attending the monthly meetings. CPC members could be asked to be an Advisor, serve as a CPC reader, serve on an ad hoc sub committee, or attend a Board meeting. The Committee meets Tuesday evenings from 8:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Institute.  

Education & Curriculum Committee

Cheryl Goldstein, Ph.D. & Ilene Philipson, Ph.D., Psy.D., Co-Chairs  

This committee determines which courses will be offered, which instructors teach those courses and the order in which candidates shall take the various required core courses. The committee is composed of members and at least one candidate from each class. The committee encourages active vocal participation from the candidate members, who are expected to clearly and effectively communicate their preferences, desires and recommendations of the class they represent. In the past the committee has held two to four meetings annually. 

Ethics Committee

Steve Deitelbaum, Psy.D. & Kris Rao, Psy.D., Co-Chairs  

The Ethics Committee’s consists of ICP volunteers appointed by the Board for a consecutive three-year term, with the possibility of a second term to follow. The committee consists of a chair and members who have experience with group process, a commitment to collaborative engagement, and a sensitivity to ethical issues and concerns; these members work closely together as a cohesive team. 

Extension Program Committee

Kathy Marks, Psy.D., M.F.T., Chair  

The Extension Committee is charged with creating and maintaining the Extension Program. The Extension Program is a twelve-month program meeting once a month to offer contemporary psychoanalytic studies to license and unlicensed mental health professionals. 

The curriculum covers all aspects of theory and practice, and the instructors are chosen from the ICP candidates and members. The Extension Program offers the year round programs as well as short-term courses that focus on specific topics of interest.  

The Committee meetings are scheduled before Extension classes on the third Saturday of the month, from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. The committee creates the curriculum, assigns instructors and facilitators, designs the advertising materials, makes budgetary decisions, monitors the classes and the class facilitators, and addresses problems that arise.  The committee is a working committee and participants are expected to carry out some additional work outside of committee meetings.  

Fellowship and Candidate Loan Committee

Gordon Berger, Ph.D., Chair 

Reduced-Referral Committee

Cheryl Chenot, Psy.D., M.F.T., Chair 

Program Committee

Michelle Harwell, Psy.D., Chair 

This committee plans all the education programs offered by ICP for all members and for the professional community at large. Some of the tasks of this very hard working committee include: Handling continuing education forms, writing goals and objectives for programs, budgeting, handling registrations and refreshments at programs, designing program flyers, dealing with venues, handling program evaluations, handling entertainment and transportation, contacting speakers, and taking minutes of meetings. This committee has been meeting monthly. They are looking for candidates not afraid of hard work and willing to actively participate.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training (PPT) , Los Angeles

Not Currently Available 

This committee meets approximately every 2-3 months, except during the summer application process, when it meets as needed (about once a month). The committee is involved in the selection of applicants, and the organization and coordination of resources for the training program. Candidate members have the same input as everyone else on the committee (this includes decisions on policies and interviewing of perspective applicants).

Saturday Series: Pasadena Committee

 Michelle Harwell, Psy.D. & Deborah Peters Ph.D., Co-Chairs

An important goal of this program is to provide clinicians served by the Pasadena area an opportunity to study contemporary psychoanalytic approaches and their application to psychotherapy, showing how theory, technique, and personal development interact in the psychoanalytic process. 

Saturday Series: San Diego Committee

Mary E. Walters, L.C.S.W., Psy.D., Chair

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training in San Diego (ICP South) began in 1995. The ICP South committee exists solely to conduct this program on a year-to-year basis.  

Our program is a one-year program modeled after the PPT-LA program, but adapted to meet the needs of the San Diego participants. All courses are taught by ICP faculty from Los Angeles, and supervision is provided by ICP faculty in San Diego. Membership on the committee is open to anyone interested in helping organize the curriculum, recruit faculty and coordinate the program with the needs of the students.  

Ventura County Saturday Series

Not Currently Available 

All courses are taught by ICP psychoanalysts and upper level candidates who have extensive experience and expertise in contemporary psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy. The Series will introduce contemporary psychoanalytic ideas from various theories through clinical issues and case presentations. The Series will assist the student with understanding some of the key psychoanalytic processes as well as contemporary psychoanalytic sensibilities in treatment. The presentations will be discussed in a group format to explore the students’ application of learning to their own clinical practice.  

Classes will meet for ten sessions from September through June on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm. in Ventura County. The Ventura County Saturday Series can be taken as a stand-alone course of study, and it can also serve as an educational platform for advancement into higher levels of psychoanalytic training, including the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and the 4-Year Candidate Psychoanalytic Training Program.

Public Education Committee


The mission of this committee is to provide training in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy to community mental health agencies. The focus is on agencies with a large number of graduate students in order to provide a community service and to also generate interest in further training at ICP. 

Some of the agencies the Public Education Committee has provided training for include: 

  • Vista del Mar
  • Reiss-Davis Child Study Center
  • Airport Marina Counseling Center
  • Family Service of Santa Monica
  • Campion Counseling Center
  • Venice Family Clinic
  • The Maple Center
  • Southern California Counseling Center
  • Julia Ann Singer
  • Valley Community Clinic
  • The Help Group
  • Homesafe and Foothill Family Service

Please inform this committee if you are affiliated with an agency or school. The committee is always looking to expand its program and updating speaker files. Contact Peter Maduro at Maduropsyd@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.  

Dr. Daphne S. Stolorow Essay Award Committee

Robert Stolorow, Ph.D., William Coburn, Psy.D., and Jeffrey Trop, M.D.  

The Dr. Daphne S. Stolorow fellowship fund committee manages an endowment set up with donations in memory of Daphne Stolorow. An essay award is given yearly for the best paper submitted by a candidate or graduate of one year. The paper should be a contribution to psychoanalysis. The current prize is $500.00, a plaque, and the winners name placed on a plaque at ICP. 

Nancy Goldman Award Committee

Edie Boxer, Psy.D., Chair 

Strategic Planning Committee (SPC)

Karen Savlov, Psy.D, Chair 

The SPC was created September 2011 as an Ad-Hoc committee. This was the first time such a committee had been created at ICP. The groups focus is to assist and inform the various committee’s as well as the Board of Directors in designing a plan to direct how ICP could move forward. The SPC would analyze the current mission of ICP, establish goals; educational, financial and operationally. Keeping in mind the democratic nature of ICP these recommendations in collaboration with the ICP Community, Committee’s and chairpersons would be taken to the Board of Directors to establish goals and action items for the future success of ICP.
What is strategic planning? 

  • ♦  Clarifying the identity of the organization
  • ♦  Deciding what is and is not a priority for the use of resources
  • ♦  Analyzing the internal and external environment
  • ♦  Considering how best to deal with upcoming changes and transitions
  • ♦  Setting a clear direction with goals and action items; short and long term
  • ♦  Creating a strong foundation for business to operate from

It is important for the strategic plan to look at the organization as a complete entity and is concerned with its long term development. As with the psychoanalytic process it is important for the SPC to consider where the organization is now, determine where we would like to be and map out how to get there.
The strategic plan should be written out and made available to all the membership regarding the aims and objectives the organization is working towards.  

Study Groups Committee

Rochelle M. Reno, Ph.D., M.F.T., Chair 

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ICP requires all members to participate in at least 5 years of study groups in order to have and maintain supervising and training analyst status. Members are randomly assigned to study groups every 2 years, and members are required to attend 7 of 9 meetings every year. Members in the study groups typically take turns presenting cases, giving all members the opportunity to learn more about the clinical work of their colleagues. 

Task Force To Address Racism and Homophobia

Veronica Abney, Ph.D., and Joel E. Miller, M.D., Psy.D., Co-Chairs

ICP’s cutting edge status and dedication to spreading the word on contemporary psychoanalytic theories puts it in a unique place to attract those not traditionally a part of the psychoanalytic community. The Ad Hoc Committee for Diversity was established in 2003 with that in mind. The Committee’s overall mission is to take the lead in helping ICP become a more culturally diverse and culturally competent institution that is inviting to, and inclusive of, everyone regardless of color or sexual orientation. More specifically we are working towards the following goals: 

  1. finding ways to attract a more diverse membership which involves understanding the current lack of diversity at ICP,
  2. as individual members, becoming aware of blind spots that function as barriers to a diverse membership and culturally competent practice and teaching, and
  3. promote contemporary psychoanalysis to those who have traditionally been excluded and maligned by the field.