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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 on Zoom for Class Year 2022-2023

  • Application Deadline: September 1, 2022

  • Classes meet on the third Saturday of each month (with some exceptions) from 11:00 – 1:00 for 10 months.

  • Single classes are not offered through this program.

  • The first class begins on September 10, 2022.


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 1st, 2022
Classes meet on the third Saturday of each month (with some exceptions) from 11:00 – 1:00 for 10 months.


September 10, 2022
October 15, 2022
November 19, 2022
December 10, 2022
January 21, 2023
February 11, 2023
March 11, 2023
April 15, 2023
May 20, 2023
June 17, 2023

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.

Applicants who are people of color and who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for an Ethnic Minority Scholarship. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding financial assistance to the Chair of the Scholarship and Loans Committee (SAL) – Ellen Lehman, PhD – at email [email protected] or (310) 393-0800.

Foundations Class Calendar 2022-2023

Saturday, September 10, 2022

History of Psychoanalysis with Carol Mayhew, PhD

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Freud with Cheryl Goldstein, PhD

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Lacan with Jim Sturgis, PhD

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Object Relations with Nicole Nelson, LMFT, PsyD

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Self-Psychology with Estelle Shane, PhD

Saturday, February 11, 2023 (Changed from the 18th due to President’s Day)

Relational Psychoanalysis with Robyn Sewitz, LCSW, PsyD

Saturday, March 11, 2023

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

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Infant/Toddler Research with Helen Ziskind, LCSW, PsyD

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Attachment and Mentalization with Sue Mendenhall, LCSW, PsyD

Saturday, June 17, 2023

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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