The Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program:
A Post-Graduate Opportunity for Clinicians

The Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (The Program) is sponsored by the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, one of the largest and most renowned of its kind in the United States.  Founded in 1932, The Institute is internationally recognized as a leading center for education, training and research in psychoanalysis and psychodynamically informed education and treatment models. The Institute maintains contacts and relationships with many institutions, national and regional, and considers local community service to be an additional important component of its mission.



Our Program is an intensive, clinically oriented two-year certificate-granting program.

The Program’s educational goals are to apply psychodynamic principles to clarify clinical problems, define therapeutic goals and guide interventions in the clinician’s practice of psychotherapy. Many practicing clinicians and recent graduates experience the need for post-graduate education to deepen theoretical understanding and sharpen clinical skills. These skills can be applied in the private practice as well as other settings. Didactic seminars and individual clinical supervision are the avenues through which these educational goals are achieved.



The Program is open to mental health professionals from psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling and psychiatric nursing.  All participants in The Program must be licensed and/or certified to practice psychotherapy in the State of Illinois and have malpractice insurance coverage for the psychotherapy practices. Copies of license and insurance coverage must be provided upon acceptance into The Program.



  • A theory track, to study contemporary models of the therapeutic process.
  • A clinical track to systematically explore the clinical exchange.


All seminars and supervision sessions are taught by members of the faculty of The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.



Curriculum 2017-2018

The first year will be completed through the Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought Program. There will be two levels for first year Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy students. Students in both options will move to the second year of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program after the first year:

  • Option 1 (called APP)
    • Students take Evolution of Psychoanalytic Thought and the Case Conference (classes meet weekly) 
  • Option 2 (called APP+2)


Tuition and Fees** (2017-2018)

Year 1:

  • (APP): $3,250 per year (billed in 3 quarterly installments)
  • (APP+2): $4,250 per year (billed in 3 quarterly installments)

Year 2:

  • $3,250 per year (billed in 3 quarterly installments) - This includes enrollment in 2 weekly courses per quarter for 3 quarters

A $40 fee will be assessed each year for full use of PEP-Web, the online Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing service of the American Psychoanalytic Association.Students who satisfactorily complete The Program requirements will be awarded the “Certificate of Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.”


Tuition and Fees** (2018-2019)


Additional Fees:
  • Annual PEP-Web Subscription: $40
  • Distance Learning Fee (for those taking classes via Zoom): $10/credit ($60 max)
  • Supervision: Paid directly to the supervisor

**Tuition & fees may change annually and do not include supervision. Billed in 3 quarterly installments.

Tuition Payment Policy

  • Tuition must be paid in full by the end of the registration period (deadline) prior to the start of the upcoming quarter. If paying by credit card, a $15 transaction fee will be assessed for amounts of $650 or greater.

  • Students who cannot meet this requirement must, prior to the end of the registration period, contact the Business Office to arrange a payment plan that will enable full payment by the end of the quarter. Recommended payment plans would split tuition into 3 equal payments made prior to the end of the quarter. There is a $25 enrollment fee per quarter for the payment plan.

  • If all tuition is not paid in full, or other approved financial payment plan arranged, a late payment penalty will be assessed and the student may not attend classes or receive supervision.

  • Students who have completed all coursework, but not yet graduated, would be suspended from the program, until payment in full is received.

Privileges and Benefits

Students enrolled in The Program will have access to The Institute’s McLean Library, containing one of the largest collections of psychoanalytic literature in the world. They are also invited to participate in the lively Institute Research Seminars, held every Wednesday from; 1:30 to 2:45pm, where local and visiting professionals present works in progress. Students are encouraged to participate in The Institute’s many educational activities and to attend the monthly scientific meeting of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society. In addition, all students and graduates are eligible for membership in the Psychotherapy Associates of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Application Process

To apply online, click here, or if you would like a downloadable copy to print out and mail in, please click here. Along with the application, please submit the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • $100 Non-Refundable Application Fee (made out to Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute). Please note that if you decide after applying and paying the fee that you'd like to cancel your application, we cannot refund the fee.
  • Copy of academic transcripts
  • Copy of license and certificate of malpractice insurance 
  • (2) Letters of Reference (Reference guideline forms can be found here)

For consideration to begin in Fall, please submit your materials by May 1.  Each applicant will also have a personal interview.

Please submit application materials to:

               Alison Chandler, MA, MS
               Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute
               122 S Michigan Ave, Ste 1300
               Chicago, IL 60603

or via email at




The Chicago Institute Adult Psychotherapy Training Program has exceeded all my expectations.  Over the course of the training, I have developed a deeper understanding of essential psycho-dynamic theory and its implementation over a course of treatment.  I have been particularly impressed with the small class size and individual attention afforded each student. The convenience of on-site supervision allows me to maintain a full-time private practice while meeting supervisory requirements for the completion of the program.”    

Blake Hamilton, LCSW
Private Practice


“The certificate program in Adult Psychotherapy offered a chance for me to immerse in theoretical readings, with the added benefit of class discussion and case consultation to further my process.   My classmates were a mix of master’s level licensed clinicians, doctoral psychologists and psychiatrists – all interested in learning more about how to practice psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy.  I value the mentorship and collegiality I found at the Institute. In supervision, there was the chance to work in consultation with an Analyst, following one or two cases closely on a weekly basis. In clinical seminars, we would share our work, giving all of us an opportunity to broaden our view of various clinical situations and look at material with a complexity that is not available when one is working solo or simply reading about cases. I value my two years in the program not only for the wealth of knowledge I acquired, but for the chance to be situated in an environment wherein I could further develop my professional self.”
Paige LaCava, LCPC  


"I have greatly benefited from my time in the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. I have enjoyed the courses, readings and instruction, and coming together weekly with my fellow students who work in a variety of clinical settings and offer many valuable perspectives that have contributed to my professional growth. The instructors offer a breadth of knowledge and diverse clinical experience.  Further, I have received outstanding supervision from highly regarded analysts. I feel that this program has strengthened my clinical skills and I am enjoying my work more than ever."  
Jamie Pasquale, PsyD


"This Program proved to be an invaluable experience both personally and professionally. It enabled me to broaden and organize my psychoanalytic understanding theoretically and clinically, leading to a deepening of treatment with my patients. Upon Program completion, I further enrolled in an optional year of courses to pursue more extensive educational goals as well as to maintain the advantage of being connected to the Institute. This Program should be a mandatory element in continuing education for all mental health professionals engaged in psychotherapeutic services."

Tammy Sopper Segovia, LCSW


“This is an excellent program.  It combines both psychoanalytic theory and practical clinical experience that has expanded and strengthened my abilities as a psychotherapist.  The personal supervision outside of class is invaluable, and the instructors in class are enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable.  The most surprising and rewarding aspect has been the camaraderie and support of my fellow students.  I would highly recommend this program to any mental health professional who does psychotherapy." 

Brett C. Plyler, M.D.
Private Practice, Psychiatry
Graduate, Rush University General Psychiatry Program





Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation require-ments and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 15* AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists:  The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Psychologists by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning 15 hours of Continuing Education for Psychologists. CE Sponsor License #268.000091.

Social Workers:  The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is approved as a continuing education sponsor for social workers by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning a maximum of 15 hours* of Continuing Education for Social Workers.

Professional Counselors:  The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Professional Counselors and Clinical Professional Counselors by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing educational activity as earning a maximum of 15 hours* Continuing Education credit.

Marriage and Family Therapists: The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Marriage and Family Therapists by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing education.

*Hours are per course



The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, and national or ethnic origin.