Continuing Education


CME logo (1)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 educational activity for a maximum of # credits as listed for each individual program, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

APA Approved SponsorPsychologists: ICP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists attending a program in its entirety may report a maximum # credits as listed for each individual program of Mandatory Continuing Education for Psychologists Credit.

Social Workers, MFT’s, LEP’s & LPCC’s: This course meets the a maximum number credits as listed for each individual program and qualifications for Continuing Education Credit for MFT’s, LCSWs, LEP’s and/or LPCC’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE7).


The mandate of the ICP Continuing Education Program is to provide doctoral level clinical psychologists with training in psychological decision making and the determination of suitable treatment algorithms for the practice of mental health care. A particular concern is the consideration of which clinical problems are most relevant for psychoanalytic therapies.   This orientation is constructed from a multi-disciplinary informed standard of care. The cornerstone of the training is contemporary psychoanalytic constructs and techniques  based upon the published literature and professional trends consistent with evolving social needs.  The ICP Continuing Education Program Committee views contemporary psychoanalysis through the lens of psychoanalytic psychology in that the standards of psychological practice are an integral component of its academic curriculum and continuing education.  As such, evidence based and community standards of clinical practice as well as evolving ethical and legal concerns are given high priority in determining and implementing training needs.

ICP endeavors to improve competence in professionally relevant ways.  Self monitoring of clinical ability is facilitated by encouraging critical thinking, critical inquiry, and balanced judgment in regard to psychologists, their patients, and the overall standing of the professional community that they serve.  In order to advance the competence of our psychologists, all courses, both those that are in-house and those that are geared to the wider community, are designed to meet the level of post-graduate education.

In summary, specific goals for ICP’s Continuing Education Program for psychologists are:

1. Offer current and scientifically based education within the discipline of psychology and relevant fields.

2. Provide opportunities for psychologists to acquire new understanding, competencies, and practice based education that can be applied relevantly to clinical practices.

3. Present the most up-to-date developments within the field and present the relevancy of these changes to the field of psychology.

4. To engage in a dialogue of process that encompasses new ideas, different philosophies, and clinical ideas to enhance patient outcomes.

5. Provide an opportunity for psychologists to discuss a wide range of psychological topics and methodologies, quantitative and qualitative, as well as cultural differences and environmental pressures that influence the communities served.

6. Provide assurances those offerings that adhere to the standards, criteria, policies and procedures of the American Psychological Association Sponsor Approval System.

ICP is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities and will conduct these in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists.


Mission Statement:

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Continuing Medical Education Program functions to provide interdisciplinary educational programs that seek to educate attendees and advance change in the medical community by increasing knowledge which will enhance competency in practice, performance and/or improvement in the patient’s mental health care and progress.  To advance change in learners to become aware of the blind spots that function as barriers both culturally and linguistically with the greater medical profession and mental health community.  Given the high level of expertise in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychology within the ICP community, our organization has a complex resource base to draw upon to benefit the professional medical and mental health community locally and nationally.    Our mission is to integrate our knowledge with the experiences of our outside colleagues in the development of improved patient care.

1. Purpose:

The purpose of the CME program of the ICP is to provide both a theoretical and an evidence-based educational structure which will advance the knowledge of health care professionals.   The purpose is directed also at the provision of the tools necessary for incorporating a contemporary psychoanalytic component into health care practice that will maximize patient care outcomes as well as the relationships between practitioners and patients.


Short term:

o   Provide forums for intellectual discussion

o   Develop a long distance learning program both nationally and globally

o    Increase community outreach to enhance cultural diversity

o    Increase our presence and usefulness to the wider health care community

o    Consider academic disciplines which would provide intellectual cross currents for the further development of theory and practice

Long Term:

o    Explore and support avenues for intellectual contributions and research

o    Develop partnerships with universities and other academic organizations

o    Understand how cultural changes in society, both nationally and internationally, affect mental health practice

o     Develop structures to assess health care disparities and respond to the needs of under served populations

2. Content

ICP programs feature the newest developments in psychoanalysis as it relates to the bio-psycho-social scientific arena, specifically as these developments may be applied to clinical understanding and clinical practice.

3. Target Audience:

The Institute’s programs are designed to educate physicians as well as all healthcare professionals. Including practicing clinicians who are not medically licensed, including Clinical Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, as well colleagues in the mental health field.

4. Types of Activities Provided:

ICP is a post-secondary educational institute engaged in educating and training healthcare professionals in contemporary psychoanalysis. Our educational training offers a four-year academic program awarding Psy.D and Ph.D., as well as event seminars and certificate programs.  These events/programs are designed to meet specific educational objectives outlined for the physician and mental health professional.

5. Expected Results

ICP CME programs are designed to increase the understanding of psychoanalytic theory and practice for health care providers.

We are an educational organization whose membership consists of a highly accomplished and diverse community of scholars, providers of health care, researchers, academics and other individuals who have integrated psychoanalytic ideas into their area of specialization.  We endeavor to make this rich and complex knowledge base available through our CME programs.  The goal is to educate health care professionals about psychoanalytic ideas to enhance medical and psychiatric care delivery.

Issues we are concerned with include how factors in a patient’s personality and interpersonal relationships can influence health and disease – both mind and body related.  We also strive to educate health care professionals about their own psychological reactions to patient situations and how this can influence medical outcomes.   This area includes understanding of group dynamics in multidisciplinary health care teams.

It is expected that at the conclusion of the programs, participants will have an awareness of unconscious emotional and relationship related factors which pervade all human interactions and are particularly prevalent in the realm of medical practice such as health and disease, loss and healing and death and dying.  The expected outcome is that participants in the ICP CME programs will be more adept at understanding and framing interventions with the use of a psychoanalytic knowledge base.

In summary, medical practice occurs in a highly specific interpersonal context which can influence all aspects of the interaction between physician, nurse, patient and family members.  The ICP CME programs offer insight about presentation of illness, diagnosis, therapies, adherence and compliance as well as the collaboration between and among the health care system practitioners and the patient.   Outcomes are measured on all of these dimensions.   Pre-course and post-course evaluation forms are the means to measure the efficacy of the CME program content.

6.  Commercial Support

ICP does not accept Commercial Support.

7. Cultural & Linguistics Competency

California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area. SFCP portal at website address contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, and pertinent state and federal laws.
State & Federal Laws
• Federal Civil Rights Act
• Executive Order 13166
• Dymally-Alatorre Bilingual Services Act of California

ICP Target Audiences

ICP offers various programs that target all audiences within the mental health profession that include but are not limited to; Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Mental Health Professionals, students and trainees as well as researchers in clinical medicine.

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