The ability to draw a large number of candidates, eager for training in psychoanalysis, is a hallmark of ICP’s success. Candidates typically are seasoned licensed therapists, including: psychologists, psychiatrists and other physicians, licensed clinical social workers, marriage, family and child therapists or related disciplines such as law, literature, and religion. Advancing the institute’s values of pluralism, participatory democracy, and academic excellence, candidates on all standing committees have full voting participation. In addition, Candidates have two voting seats on the Board of Directors.
In conjunction with the academic programs, ICP offers conferences to members of the scientific and professional communities and the general public. We strive to make important educational material available to the larger public who provide professional services to a vast array of patients and to create an environment that encourages new ideas and the questioning of these ideas. ICP’s conference atmosphere shows great respect for practicing clinicians in every field, offering strong support for new ideas and appreciation for diversity of opinion. Conference locations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pasadena, and San Diego.
In addition to the public conferences, the Institute offers an in-house forum to which the entire ICP community, including analytic candidates, psychoanalytic students, and extension division participants, is invited free of charge. These smaller meetings offer topics of particular interest to Members and Candidates. Including discussion and open questioning, these meetings are a favorite of the community as they continue research in an informal setting.