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the one-year Extension/Foundations program provides the student with the basic concepts of analytic theory and technique

  • All Foundations classes will be held online via zoom and are limited to a maximum of 25 students.

  • Application Deadline: September 10.
  • Classes meet from 11.00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on 10 Saturdays – see “Details and Dates” section below for more information.

  • Single classes are not offered through this program.

about the extension class

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory Program

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Foundations Program offers classes in contemporary psychoanalysis to both licensed therapists and pre-licensed mental health professionals. Foundation Program participants receive an extensive
introduction to both contemporary and classical analytic theory. In addition, all courses are taught by ICP members and candidates in a way that promotes active exploration of the application of psychoanalytic concepts in the clinical setting.

program overview

The one-year Foundations Program provides the student with the basic concepts of analytic theory and technique. The program presents a survey of historical models, along with an introduction to contemporary analytic thinking. The classes focus on core psychoanalytic concepts and their basic application to clinical practice. Foundations courses are taught by notable ICP faculty and are open to students and clinicians at all levels of experience. The Foundations Program 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 in the 4-Year Candidate Psychoanalytic Training.

Application Deadline: September 10th
Classes meet from 11:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PDT or PST) on 10 Saturdays.

Click here for descriptions and learning objectives


September 23, 2023
October 21, 2023
November 11, 2023
December 16, 2023
January 20, 2024
February 10, 2024
March 09, 2024
April 20, 2024
May 18, 2024
June 15, 2024

Single classes are not offered through this program.


$700 Licensed Mental Health Professionals
$600 Pre-licensed Mental Health Professionals/Academics
$25 Non-Refundable ICP Administrative Fee

The cost is for the entire series – Single classes are not offered through this program.


Foundations Class Calendar 2023-2024

Saturday, September 23, 2023

History of Psychoanalysis with Carol Mayhew, PhD

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Freud with Cheryl Goldstein, PhD

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Lacan with Jim Sturgis, PhD

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Object Relations with Nicole Nelson, PsyD, LMFT, LPCC

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Self-Psychology with Estelle Shane, PhD

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Relational Psychoanalysis with Robyn Sewitz, PsyD, LCSW

Saturday, March 09, 2024

Intersubjective Systems Theory with Penelope Starr-Karlin, PsyD, LMFT

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Clinical Implications of Infant Research with Helen Ziskind, PsyD, LCSW

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Attachment and Mentalization with Sue Mendenhall, PsyD, LCSW

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Trauma with Robin Cohen, PhD

Continuing Education

CE certificates are awarded after each class. CEs awarded are based on full attendance of each individual class. The Extension/Foundations Program offers 2 CE Credits for each individual class fully attended.

We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form emailed to them at the conclusion of the program.

Special Accomodations

Please submit any requests for Special Accommodations to the ICP Office prior to registering or at your earliest convenience to ensure that we are able to assist.

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 the program and its content.

APA is a recognized approval agency of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and provides continuing education (CE) programs for psychologists and other mental health professionals, including Social Workers and Marriage, and Family Therapists (LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI).

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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Extension/Foundations Series - Pre-licensed Mental Health Professionals/Academics
Cost includes non-refundable $25 admin fee.
$ 625.00
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