foundation series

Learn Essential Concepts of Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique

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

  • Application Deadline: September 08th, 2024

  • Classes meet on 10 Saturdays – see “Details and Dates” section below for more information.
  • Single classes are not offered through this program.

about the foundation series

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Foundation Series offers classes in contemporary psychoanalysis to both licensed therapists and pre-licensed mental health professionals. Foundation Series participants receive an extensive introduction to both contemporary and classical psychoanalytic 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 Foundation Series 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. Foundation series classes are taught by notable ICP faculty and are open to students and clinicians at all levels of experience.

The Foundation Series is a stand-alone course of study that can also serve as an educational stepping stone into higher levels of psychoanalytic training in the 4-Year Psychoanalytic Training Program at ICP.

Application Deadline: September 8th, 2024

Classes meet on 10 Saturdays from 03:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PDT or PST)

Single classes are not offered through this program!

Click here for 2024/25 descriptions and learning objectives

Dates 2024-25:

September 21, 2024
October 05, 2024
November 16, 2024
December 14, 2024
January 11, 2025
February 15, 2025
March 15, 2025
April 26, 2025
May 17, 2025
June 21, 2025


$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.


Foundation Series


Schedule 2024-2025

September 21, 2024
History of Psychoanalysis Carol Mayhew, PhD
October 05, 2024
Freud – Cheryl Goldstein, PhD, PsyD
November 16, 2024
Object Relations – Nicole Nelson, PsyD, LMFT,LPCC
December 14, 2024
Self Psychology – Estelle Shane, PhD
January 11, 2025
Relational Psychoanalysis – Robyn Sewitz, PsyD, LCSW
February 15, 2025
Intersubjective Systems Theory (IST) – Penelope Starr-Karlin, PsyD, LMFT
March 15, 2025
Clinical Implications of Infant Research – D. Brooke Crosby, PsyD, LPCC, LPC-S
April 26, 2025
Power and Privilege in Psychoanalysis – Lynne Jacobs, PhD, PsyD
May 17, 2025
Mentalization – Laurence B. Green, PsyD, LCSW
June 21, 2025– this date and seminar still subject to change!
Substance Use – D. Bradley Jones, PsyD, LCSW

Continuing Education

CE certificates are awarded after each class. CEs awarded are based on full attendance of each individual class. The Foundation Series 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.