Extension Program


“The ICP Extension program has greatly expanded my understanding of the contemporary psychoanalytic theories and their clinical application within a warm, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment.”Gita Zarnegar, Ph.D., Psy.D., LMFT, Co-Facilitator Extension Program

“Extension classes are perfect for those still deciding if a 4-year program is the right choice for them. This program provides an introduction to the world of psychoanalysis, gives students a feel for the ICP community and offers an opportunity to be a part of a thriving analytic institute.” David Schreiber, MA, MFT, 4th Year Candidate, and Co-Facilitator Extension Program

Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 – 2018 program

Deadline for applications is July 30, 2017

 Los Angeles Extension Application 

This program is open to licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals

Single classes are not offered through this program. Classes meet on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until noon for 10 months. The first class begins on September 9, 2017. (Please note the first class will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month only.)


The Extension Program offers classes in contemporary psychoanalysis to both licensed therapists and those in training who are not yet licensed.

Extension 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.

The program is structured in two parts. A one-year Foundations Class provides the student with the basic concepts of analytic theory and technique. The Advanced Class builds on the learning from the first year to explore more complex and sophisticated ideas and applications.

Classes meet once a month for 10 consecutive months. All class meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, at the ICP office. The curriculum starts in September 2017 and runs until June 2018.

The Extension 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, including the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and the 4-Year Candidate Psychoanalytic Training.


The first year 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. They include:

  1.  Overview of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory
  2.  Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis
  3.  Object Relations
  4.  Object Relations Clinical Case Conference
  5.  Self Psychology
  6.  Intersubjective Systems Theory
  7.  Relational Perspectives
  8.  Specificity Theory
  9.  Clinical Case Conference from Different Perspectives
  10.  The Contribution of Infant Research to our Clinical Thinking



The Advanced Class is for those students who have completed the Foundations Program, but who are not yet eligible to participate in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program or the 4-Year Candidate Psychoanalytic Training. Students in the advanced class are given the opportunity to have significant input into their course of study. In this way, the classes are tailored to provide the student with the most clinically useful education possible.


$550 Licensed Mental Health Professionals
$450 Non-licensed Mental Health Professionals
$50 Application Fee (non-refundable)

The cost is for the entire series – no refunds will be granted for missed classes. Single classes are not offered through this program. Classes meet on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until noon.


10780 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90025



Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ICP designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 this program and its content.


The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP’s. Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis is recognized as a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider #137324.

Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation refund for this program.

Please submit any requests for special accommodations to the ICP Office.

All grievances may be filed with the ICP Office.

The ICP office can be contacted at (310) 207-8441 or office@icpla.edu.


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