2018-19 Continuing Education Course List (December 2018 to May 2019)


The Human Mind: The Most Complex System in the Universe

Featuring conference led by Mark Solms, PhD

How do practicing psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic theoreticians integrate contemporary findings of neuroscience, systems theory, nonlinear dynamic concepts and the epigenetic hierarchical model into their clinical and scholarly work? We continue the exploration of this topic with presentations featuring pioneers in psychoanalytic practice and scholarship. Building on last year’s program, Schools Is Out, these workshops will further our understanding of the most complex nonlinear system in the universe, the human mind.

Psychoanalysis Today

With its focus on subjective experience, contemporary psychoanalytic thought offers ways of understanding individual lives and the social world. Psychoanalysis Today presents conversations between Institute faculty and prominent scholars who address social issues of relevance to all. 

Note: Psychoanalysis Today lectures, including audience participation, will be live-streamed through Facebook and will be recorded.  By participating in the program discussion you will, by your participation, be acknowledging and agreeing to consent to your remarks being recorded. In-person attendance is required for CE Credits.

Consultation Groups

Groups meet weekly. Options in Highland Park as well as at the Institute office available. 


Workshops & Reading Groups

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The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute Continuing Education Program is underwritten by an anonymous donor in honor of Dr. Arnold Goldberg

Psychoanalysis Today is sponsored by Yellowbrick Foundation 

Download a PDF copy of the 2018-19 Continuing Education Brochure


Please select workshop titles to read descriptions (arranged chronologically below)


Reading Freud

First Wednesday of the month


Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD

In this in-depth, chronological reading of Sigmund Freud's writings, a picture emerges of Freud's thinking and its historical context. Participants include psychoanalysts, mental health professionals, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, college and graduate students and anyone who wants to study Freud's writing.

CE Credits: available upon request

Fee: None I $25, if CE credit requested

Please contact Damita Wilson to register

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Law and Psychoanalysis

Third Tuesday of the month | 5:50 to 7:50 p.m.


Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD

Focused on the relationship between law and psychoanalysis, participants will explore topics including the significance of confidentiality for psychotherapy, the lack of effect of Anna Freud's ideas on custody evaluations, and the psychology of the desire to punish. Participants include psychoanalysts, mental health professionals, legal professionals, and other scholars.

CE Credits: available upon request

Fee: None I $25, if CE credit requested

Please contact Damita Wilson to register 

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Psychotherapy with Adults

Fridays, starting January 4 | 2 to 3:15 p.m.

9 sessions/quarter| Spring, starts April 5

Leo Weinstein, MD

Participants will consider listening on many levels as clinicians present case material to the group, with the goal of deepening exposure to psychoanalytic methods of psychotherapy and understanding how to translate listening into effective therapeutic interventions. The group welcomes mental health professionals who work in agencies, institutions or private practice settings.

Leo Weinstein is Associate Dean of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

CE Credits: 11.25

This class is full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact continuing education coordinator Damita Wilson.

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Work With Children, Adolescents and Families

Wednesdays, starting January 23 (note new start date!) | Noon to 1:20 p.m.


9 sessions/quarter | Spring, starts April 3

Ann Kaplan, PhD

Participants will think psychoanalytically about the inner world of the child in the context of the adult relationships in which they are embedded. Group members will present their work with children and adolescents with the goal of helping professionals understand how best to use the relationship to foster development. Psychotherapists, school social workers, teachers and others with responsibility for guiding children or adolescents in any setting are welcome.

Ann Kaplan is an adult and child analyst on the faculty of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and Chair of Child and Adolescent Analysis in the Psychoanalytic Education Program.

CE Credits: 11.25 | Fee $285 | Pre-registration Required


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Disruptions In Childhood: Reworking Unexpected Separations

Friday, January 25 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Ben Garber, MD | Renee Raap, LCSW

Unanticipated losses occur during the lives of many children, through death, divorce, incarceration and other traumas. As a child deals with these losses in therapy, the parent can either enhance the child’s ongoing development or create further disruption. Working with parents to understand their own needs and responses to loss supports the child’s progressive development. Two case presentations will illustrate how the therapist can facilitate this growth.

Benjamin Garber is director emeritus of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute’s Child Grief Services and a training and supervising analyst at the Institute. Renee Rapp is a graduate of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program and a therapist in Child Grief Services.

CE Credits: 2.0

Fee: $50 | day of: $60

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Race and Psychoanalysis

Wednesday February 20 | 7 to 8:30 p.m.

122 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor auditorium

Celia Brickman, PhD, LCPC | Danjuma Gibson, PhD, MDiv

We are more aware than ever of the need to come to terms with the racism that continues to pervade our society and institutions, including psychoanalysis. In what ways does psychoanalysis itself harbor elements of racist thought? In what ways can psychoanalysis help us examine and understand the lived experience of those scarred by slavery and its aftermath? Two scholar-clinicians will consider these questions. Race in Psychoanalysis by Celia Brickman examines the ramifications of the racial subtext embedded in Freud’s writing. Gibson’s Frederick Douglass, A Psychobiography offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of the life of Douglass, the great African-American statesman and orator who was born a slave.

Celia Brickman is a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy in Chicago where she practices psychotherapy and previously was the Director of Education. Danjuma Gibson is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids where he also maintains a psychotherapy practice.

Cultural Competency CE Credits: 1.5 (in-person attendance required for CE Credits)

Fee: $30 | day of: $40

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Growing Together: Supporting Progressive Development for Children, Adolescents and Their Parents

Friday, March 1 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Denia Barrett, LCSW | Elizabeth Levey, MD | Erika Schmidt, LCSW, moderator

Parents develop in parallel with their children. Therapists of children and therapists of parents are in an excellent position to assist in this mutual developmental process. After opening with a brief introduction to a psychoanalytic perspective on parenthood, two child analysts will describe how they engaged parents of children in treatment, one a young child and one an adolescent, so all could resume progressive development.

Denia Barrett is Director of the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Treatment Center and on the faculty of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. Elizabeth Levey is a candidate in the Institute Psychoanalytic Education Program and clinician who works with children, adults, families and couples.

CE Credits: 2.0

Fee: $50 | day of: $60

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Neuropsychoanalysis: Theoretical And Clinical Lessons

Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31 | 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CNA Center, 151 N. Franklin St. 

Mark Solms, PhD

Mark Solms, a pioneer in neuropsychoanalysis and a most engaging lecturer, offers a two-day immersion into the cutting-edge field of neuropsychoanalysis, which links, as he puts it, the “science of the mind as an object with those of the mind as a subject.” Topics will include the role of the conscious id and rethinking instinct theory, why people suffer from feelings, the meaning of symptoms, a reconceptualization of repression based on the nature of memory, the tasks of psychoanalytic treatment, and how countertransference, transference interpretations and working through contribute to the therapeutic process. The first day covers the rethinking of theory based on neuroscience findings. The second day will focus on implications for psychotherapy practice.

Mark Solms is a founder of the field of neuropsychoanalysis, which links the clinical findings of psychoanalysis with knowledge generated by neuroscience. He is a member of the British, American and South African Psychoanalytical Associations. His awards and honors include the Sigourney Prize and Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has published over 300 articles and six books. His selected works were published in 2015 as The Feeling Brain.

CE Credits: 12.0

Fee: $300 | pre-registration required

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Maintaining the Working Alliance with Parents

Fridays, April 19, April 26, May 3 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. 

held in the office of faculty member Ed Kaufman: 508 Central Avenue, Suite 212, Highland Park, IL 60035

Evelina Pereira-Webber, MA, LCPC

The working alliance with parents supports and enhances the treatment process with child and adolescent patients. Without it, difficulties implementing a treatment plan or premature interruptions may occur. In this short course, participants will consider concepts of initial contact, consultation, parents’ affective responses, the working alliance, transformations within parents and parental empathy that support a child’s psychotherapy.

Evelina Pereira-Webber is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and faculty member at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.

CE Credits: 4.5

Fee: $115 | pre-registration required


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Programs take place at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, 122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300, except as noted.

Fees, Scholarships and Policies

Advance Registration: Advance registration is encouraged to insure space. Day-of registration not available for all workshops, please verify ahead of time.

Cancellation and Refunds: Registrations may be cancelled 48 hours in advance for a partial refund or credit toward another 2018-19 continuing education program.

Scholarships and Group Rates: Scholarship assistance as well as a 10% discount for groups of 5 or more are available on request.

Questions, requests, cancellations? Please contact Damita Wilson, continuing education coordinator, with requests, cancellations, or other questions at: dwilson@chicagoanalysis.org or 312-897-1411.

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Registration for all classes is online via links above or consult the schedule here. If you prefer to use a paper registration form, you can download one here.



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

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 109.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 109.0 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 State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning 109.0 hours of Continuing Education for Social Workers. CE Sponsor License #159.000122.

Professional Counselors: The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Professional Counselors by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Institute designates this continuing educational activity as earning 109.0 hours Continuing Education credit for Professional Counselors. CE Sponsor License #197.000202.

Marriage and Family Therapists: The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Marriage and Family Therapists by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Institute designates this continuing educational activity as earning 109.0 hours Continuing Education credit for Marriage and Family Therapists. CE Sponsor License #168.000204.

Important Disclosure Information for All Learners: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.