Saturday Series


The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Saturday Series offers classes in contemporary psychoanalysis to both licensed therapists and pre-licensed mental health professionals.

The program is designed to assist students in understanding some of the key psychoanalytic processes as well as contemporary sensibilities in treatment. Each year classes offer foundation in theory as well as courses of special topics addressing treatment techniques and psychoanalytic theory.

Educational Goals:

  1. At completion student would have an understanding of contemporary psychoanalytic theories.
  2. Student will know the tools and techniques of treatment that each theory offers.
  3. Utilizing clinical case material student will analyze proposed treatment techniques.

Seminar Overview

Presentations are discussed in a group format to explore ways students’ can apply course material to their own clinical practice.


The ICP Saturday Series features monthly seminars on a wide variety of topics emerging from the field of contemporary psychoanalysis. The courses are taught by notable ICP faculty and are open to students and clinicians at all levels of experience. Theoretical discussions of the most up-to-date clinical issues in psychoanalysis will be offered, with an emphasis on case material.

Topics for Saturday Series Seminars may include:

• Attachment Theory

• Understanding and Working With Dreams

• Mentalization and the Reflective Function

• Trauma and Dissociation from a Relational Perspective

• Relational Perspectives on Love and Romance

• Treating Veterans Suffering from Combat Trauma

• Embodied Intersubjectivity

• Resolving Therapeutic Impasses

• Working with Destructive Aggression

• Psychodynamic Treatment of Chemical Dependency

• Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Couples Therapy

• The Interface of Neuroscience and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

The cost is for the entire series – Single classes are not offered through this program.
Students must submit a refund request in writing to the ICP office. Students who withdraw by the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later, will be refunded all tuition paid. Students who withdraw mid-semester will be refunded for the classes not taken after the request has been submitted. For those completing the course there is no refund for any classes missed.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

CE/CME certificates are awarded at final class, after evaluations have been submitted and hours awarded are based on attendance. The San Diego & Pasadena program offer a possible 31.5 CE’s, the Ventura program offers 25 possible CE’s.

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 __ 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. Course meets the qualifications for __ hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Please submit any requests for special accommodations in writing to the ICP Office a month prior to the first class.

All grievances may be filed with the ICP Office.

The ICP office can be contacted at (310) 207-8441 or

For more information, please contact the ICP office at (310) 207-8441 or email