4-Year Candidate Program

psychoanalysis

the excitement of advances in psychoanalytic thought built
on our rich heritage of psychoanalytic theory

As a center for inquiry, clinical training, and research, we embrace the tripartite training method. Immersion in a training analysis infuses coursework with personal meaning and augments engagement in three supervised control cases.

We welcome applicants from a variety of disciplines to take part in this unique exploratory adventure that will increase knowledge, expand self-awareness, and enhance clinical proficiency.

The Institute of Contemporary psychoanalysis accepts applications for psychoanalytic training throughout the year. Applications may be submitted at any time however, if submitted after July 1st, we cannot guarantee they will be processed in time to start that September.

Weekend courses, are taught one weekend per month (Friday – Sunday), six months per academic year.

As a center for inquiry, clinical training, and research, we embrace the tripartite training method. Immersion in a training analysis infuses coursework with personal meaning and augments engagement in three supervised control cases.

We welcome applicants from a variety of disciplines to take part in this unique exploratory adventure that will increase knowledge, expand self-awareness, and enhance clinical proficiency.

The Institute of Contemporary psychoanalysis accepts applications for psychoanalytic training throughout the year. Applications may be submitted at any time however, if submitted after July 1st, we cannot guarantee they will be processed in time to start that September.

Weekend courses, are taught one weekend per month (Friday – Sunday), six months per academic year.

Weekend courses are taught one weekend per month (Friday – Sunday), six months per academic year and are equivalent to the weekly psychoanalytic training program. All other requirements are the same as for the weekly program except that part-time enrollment is not available.

2022-23 dates for the Psychoanalytic Training Program:

  • September 16-18
  • October 28-30
  • December 16-18
  • January 27-29
  • March 24-26
  • May 5-7

For questions regarding our 4 Year Analytic Program, please contact the Admission Co-Chairs:

Mark Winitsky, M.F.T., Psy.D.
(310) 600-3683
[email protected]

If you prefer not to download the application or have general questions please write or call:

Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
2355 Westwood Blvd #825
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-684-2501
[email protected]

  • A graduate mental health degree or the equivalent is required.
  • Applicants must be licensed in the state in which they practice. In addition, they must have a sufficient amount of postgraduate experience to prepare them for psychoanalytic training.
  • Requirements for research candidates can be found here.
  • Applicants who have experience and training beyond the minimal requirements in another psychoanalytic institute will be considered for advanced candidacy.
  • Applicants to all programs are asked to submit a completed application form, a brief psychological autobiography, a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, copies of their license and malpractice insurance, and an application fee.
  • Following a review of these materials, those applicants who are accepted for the next stage of admission will be interviewed by three ICP members and one candidate member.
  • Interviews will assess personal and professional qualifications; at least one interview will require the presentation of case material.
Annual Tuition for Full Time Status $3,500.00
Admin Fee $100.00
STRF Fee $35
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Application Form for Candidacy at ICP will be available here.

We have a rolling admissions process, so that your application can be considered as soon as it is complete.

Our non-refundable application fee is $150. There is no guarantee of acceptance for applications submitted after July 1.

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There are four years of seminars, each year divided into two 15 week semesters. The course of study at ICP encourages candidate independence, along with responsibility to master a core body of psychoanalytic knowledge.

The ICP curriculum is derived from its guiding principles: a critical consideration of the diverse theory and practice of contemporary psychoanalysis combined with respect for the academic freedom of candidates and members. The course of study should lead to informed and independent thinking; we instill a learning process that will continue long after graduation. The curriculum gives candidates considerable freedom to choose among seminars: half the course offerings are case conferences and electives. In addition, candidates are encouraged to propose their own electives and to engage in independent study. The Institute will expect that candidates demonstrate clinical skill and understanding of basic psychoanalytic principles through their performance in supervision, written case reports, and seminars.

  • Basic Concepts in Psychoanalysis
  • History of Psychoanalysis
  • Freud
  • Infant Development & Clinical Implications
  • Case Conference
  • Phenomenological, Contextual & Intersubjective Perspectives
  • Relational Psychoanalysis
  • Self Psychology
  • Object Relations
  • Power & Privilege in Psychoanalysis
  • Ethics
  • Research & Writing in Psychoanalysis
  • Integration & Endings Seminar
  • Electives (developed annually in collaboration with candidates); recent electives have included:
  • Dreams
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Sadomasochism & Perversions
  • Mentalizing
  • Advanced Klein & Bion
  • Ego Psychology
  • Primitive Mental States
  • Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
  • Film & Psychoanalysis
  • Substance Use & Abuse

ICP required core courses are approved for Category 1 Continuing Education Credit by the following:

    • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency.

ICP maintains responsibility for all programs and content thereof.

Our program is approved by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc).

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 approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency.

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

Student Right to Cancel

The student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a full refund of all tuition paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. You may cancel your enrollment agreement and obtain a refund by providing written notice to The President(s), ICP, 10780 Santa Monica Blvd.,Suite 350, Los Angeles, California 90025-4720, by the following date.

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