The Institute sincerely appreciates the attention and engagement of hundreds of therapists, members of the interested public, students and faculty who attended continuing education events since September. 


2017-18 courses


Weekly: Consultation and Reading Groups

  Reading Freud Starts September 6
  Consultation Group: Work with adults Second session starts January 5
  Law and Psychoanalysis Starts September 19

Psychoanalysis Today  

  The South Side Wednesday, October 4


  A Roadmap for Couple Therapy Saturday, October 14
  Shame and the Traumatic Impact of Self Deficits Saturday, November 11 (Presented with Institute for Clinical Social Work)
  Full-day workshop: Schools Is Out: Psychoanalytic Babies Grow Up Saturday, February 3
  Mental Health Services in Schools: Contributions from Psychoanalysis Saturday, March 24 Note New Time: starts at 8:30 a.m. 

Detailed Descriptions

Consultation Group: Work with Adults

Leo Weinstein, MD
Fall: Fridays, Sept. 15 to Dec. 8, 2 to 3:10 p.m.
Winter: Fridays, January 5 to March 23, 2 to 3:10 p.m.
Spring: Fridays, April 6 to June 22, 2 to 3:10 p.m.

Participants will learn to listen at many levels as clinicians present their adult cases to the group. We welcome mental health professionals interested in learning about or deepening exposure to psychoanalytic methods of psychotherapy.

Leo Weinstein serves as associate dean of the Institute and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Note: Institute faculty member Joanne Marengo, PhD, ABPP will lead the consultation group from January 26 to March 2.

CE Credits: 1 per session / 12 hours per quarter | Fee: $240 per quarter

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Consultation Group: Work with Children, Adolescents, and Families

Ann Kaplan, PhD
Fall: Wednesdays October 4 to December 20 (no meeting Oct. 25, Nov. 22 and 29), noon to 1:20 p.m.
Winter: Wednesdays, January 10 to March 21 (no meeting Jan. 24, Feb. 28)
Spring: April 4 to June 13

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

Ann Kaplan directs the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic program.

CE Credits: 1.25 per session / 11.25 hours per quarter | Fee: $225 per quarter

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Reading Groups

Reading Freud

Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD
First Wednesday of every month beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 to 9 p.m.

This seminar offers an in-depth, chronological reading of Sigmund Freud’s writings in order to develop a picture of his thinking and place it in historical context. Participants include psychoanalysts, mental health professionals, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, college and graduate students, and anyone wanting to study Freud’s writings.

Robert Galatzer-Levy serves on the faculty of the Institute and is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at University of Chicago.

Continuing Education credits for seminars with Robert Galatzer-Levy are available upon request. | Fee: Free


Law and Psychoanalysis

Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD
Third Tuesday of every month beginning Tuesday, September 19, 5:50 to 7:50 p.m.

Focused on the relationship between law and psychoanalysis, this seminar will explore 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.

Robert Galatzer-Levy serves on the faculty of the Institute and is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at University of Chicago.

Continuing Education credits for seminars with Robert Galatzer-Levy are available upon request. | Fee: Free

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.

The South Side

Natalie Moore, MSJ | Denia Barrett, LCSW
Wednesday, October 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio South Side reporter and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, and Denia Barrett, director of the Institute’s Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, will engage in a conversation about the impact of systemic racism on residents of the South Side and what clinicians can do about it.

Moore’s book examines the ways segregation seeps into our consciousness and realms of our lives: food deserts, black politics, and violence. Barrett will facilitate the conversation, drawing on her experience with the Institute’s Schools Initiatives, which provide individual and group psychotherapy at elementary schools in Englewood, South Shore, and other communities. A book signing for The South Side will follow.

CE Credits: 1.5 | Fee: $30 (day-of: $40)


Aging, Mourning, and the Meaningful Life

Jonathan Lear, PhD | Martha C. Nussbaum, PhD
Wednesday, January 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

There’s a lot of evidence to show that for most of us, meaning is far more important to living a good life than pleasure. If that’s the case, what are the implications for decisions made throughout life, not just at its end? How can psychoanalytic processes help with both making those choices and reflecting later on the choices we’ve made? An open-ended conversation with Martha C. Nussbaum, facilitated by Jonathan Lear, will touch on these and other topics.

Nussbaum is co-author, with Saul Levmore, of the forthcoming Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret (2017, Oxford University Press). Lear’s most recent book, Wisdom Won from Illness (2017, Harvard University Press) includes a chapter on “Mourning and Moral Psychology.”

Nussbaum is a board member of the Institute and Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at University of Chicago Law School. Lear serves on the faculty of the Institute and as John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy at University of Chicago.

CE Credits: 1.5 | Fee: $30 (day-of: $40)


The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis thanks Yellowbrick Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this lecture series. Yellowbrick Foundation is a not for profit organization whose mission is to support research, training and community education regarding the emotional, psychological and development challenges of adolescents and emerging young adults.

Complacency, Complicity and Moral Courage

Ruth W. Grant, PhD | Jamie Kalven | Faculty Discussant: Wendy Selene, LCSW
Wednesday, May 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

When those who know choose to conceal or ignore problems such as police brutality, it’s normal to ask how anyone can allow such illegal and unethical situations to happen. While a few courageous individuals do speak up, these incidents suggest complacency and complicity are the norm.

The psychological literature on why people fail to act in these situations tends to fall into two camps: some argue personality traits explain complicity, while others maintain the structure of the situation is determinative. We will go beyond this binary to explore the psychological mechanisms at work in causing the few to tell the truth when the many look the other way.

Ruth Grant, professor of political science at Duke University and a visiting faculty member at the Institute for 2017-18, will engage these questions with Chicago journalist Jamie Kalven, who has exposed the so-called Code of Silence inside the Chicago Police Department, notably through reporting on the 2014 police killing of LaQuan MacDonald and subsequent cover-up as well as other stories in the Intercept and Slate.

CE Credits: 1.5 | Fee: $30 (day-of: $40)


Psychoanalysis Today workshops will take place at Symphony Center 8th-Floor Club, 220 S. Michigan Ave.


Course Listings

A Roadmap for Couple Therapy

Arthur Nielsen, MD
Saturday, October 14, 1 to 4 p.m.

A Roadmap for Couple Therapy: Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Behavioral Approaches presents Arthur Nielsen’s integrative approach to couple therapy. Using case histories and videos of sessions, Dr. Nielsen will describe the research-tested interventions used by the three main approaches to couple therapy (systemic, psychodynamic, and behavioral/educational) and show how to sequence and integrate them, depending on the problems that couples present.


Arthur Nielsen serves on the faculty of the Institute and as clinical associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

CE Credits: 3.0 | Fee: $60 (day-of: $70)



Complex Mourning in Untimely Loss of a Sibling in Childhood

Sharon Williams, LCSW
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. to noon


The loss of a sibling evokes powerful complicated feelings in a child and can affect development and functioning across the life cycle. The child may experience survivor guilt, and family relationships as well as the child’s role in the family may change. The developmental age of the child, as well as the nature of the loss, influence the response to the loss. This workshop will provide an overview of the impact of sibling loss, illustrated with case vignettes.


Sharon Williams has been a therapist with Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center and site coordinator at the center’s Little Company of Mary Hospital branch in Evergreen Park for 16 years.

CE Credits: 3.0 | Fee: $60 (day-of: $70)
Note: CME credits unavailable


ICSW session: Shame and the Traumatic Impact of Self-Deficits

Joseph Palombo, LCSW | Virginia Barry, MD | Joshua Kellman, MD
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
East Bank Club, 500 N Kingsbury St.


Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is the provider of CME credits for this workshop.

CE Credits: 6 | Fee: $60 |

Bridging Troubled Waters: Challenges in child and adolescent psychotherapy

Lynn Borenstein, LCSW | William Gieseke, PhD | James Grabowski, LCPC | Evelina Pereira-Webber, LCPC | Moderator: Ed Kaufman, LCSW
Friday, January 26, 5:30 to 8 p.m.


Troubling and perplexing behavior by a child or adolescent in therapy can be a means of communicating the nature of their inner world. Experienced therapists will discuss the ways they use these behaviors to engage and understand their child and adolescent patients.


The presenters and moderator serve on the faculty of the Institute; Ed Kaufman directs the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. James Grabowski also serves on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work.


Continuing Education Update: Bridging Troubled Waters

Sometimes behavior conveys meaning as clearly as conversation for child therapists. We asked Ed Kaufman, moderator of “Bridging Troubled Waters: Challenges in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy,” to explain what the session will cover. 

Question: Where did the title for your workshop, “Bridging Troubled Waters,” come from?

Answer: Children often cannot put what they are feeling and thinking into words in ways that adults can do. Children and adolescents in psychotherapy may behave in a way that puzzle and confuse the therapist. 

When we are able to consider this behavior as communications, we are on the road to understanding the child. As therapists, we can then review in our minds the therapeutic process,  take into account their backgrounds, and consider our own feelings. We are then better able to communicate with the child in meaningful ways that she or he can understand.

Q. Who should attend this workshop?

A. All professionals who work with children and adolescents can benefit from this session -- social workers, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, educational therapists and special education teachers and staff. 

CE Credits: 2 | Fee: $50, includes light supper (day-of: $60)

Schools Is Out: Psychoanalytic Babies Grow Up

Virginia Barry, MD | Charles M. Jaffe, MD | Joshua Kellman, MD | Mark Levey, MD
Saturday, February 3, 2018 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each psychoanalytic school has its own theory of development and view of the analytic baby, based on clinical work with adults and children and purporting to be a comprehensive theory of development. But all the theories are different and none fit with what we know of development from other sources. From panelists’ presentations and discussion will emerge a psychoanalysis without “psychoanalytic” constructions of development: an understanding of development and its clinical importance without postulating psychoanalytic babies.

The presenters serve on the Institute faculty; Charles M. Jaffe is also an affiliated faculty member at Rush University Department of Psychiatry and Joshua Kellman is a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at University of Chicago.


Continuing Education Update: Q & A with Virginia Barry on Schools Is Out 

We asked Virginia Barry, one of the leaders of the workshop to share a bit more about what her workshop will cover. Below a brief Q and A:

Question: Can you explain the title of your planned day-long workshop "Schools is out?" Where did the idea for this title and workshop come from? 

Answer: This workshop in part emerged from the excitement that people felt after hearing Mark Solms present his ideas. Faculty and candidates wanted to know more about his work, and so we will be presenting some of his ideas along with the research on emotional systems done by Jaak Panksepp. 

Each of our various psychoanalytic schools has its underlying commitments to fundamentals of motivation and developmental aims, as well as corollary commitments to the process of change in analytic treatment, how treatment should be conducted, and what one might expect as its outcome. 

With that in mind, we believe that there is an approach that can unify psychoanalytic “schools”--if not  get rid of the school notion. We will present a coherent approach to development, pathology, and a theory of therapy that is consonant with current neuroscientific understanding. That is,  we will present a revised metapsychology from which an integrated clinical theory and a rational theory of interventions emerges and operates across our extant clinical models.  We will present a view that goes beyond “schoolism” in psychoanalysis.

Q: What do you personally plan to present at the workshop? 

A: I anticipate I and Josh will take on the neuroscience aspect. In that we are concerned with how the neuroscience is consistent with epigenetic psychological development, another part of the workshop will discuss what we mean by the epigenetic hierarchical approach. We are proposing an arrangement of clinical theories to guide nosology, experience in clinical encounters and a rational approach to interventions.

This will lead to the final  section  of the workshop in which we will attempt to present a coherent approach to development, pathology, and a theory of therapy that is consonant with current neuroscientific understanding. This will consist of an  integration of interventions -- defined by goals rather than theory -- that is consistent with current research on common factors among dynamic psychotherapies.

Q. Are there any specific audiences that might find this session more helpful or appropriate to attend than others?

A. “Schools Is Out” will interest all clinicians, and anyone who is thinking about the theories of psychoanalysis and dynamic psychotherapy. It will be a true continuing education for us all.

CE Credits: 5.0 | Fee: $100 (day-of: $110)
Note: there will be a one-hour break for lunch


Mental Health Services in Schools: Contributions from Psychoanalysis

Art Kragness| Harriet McDonald, LCPC | Aileen Schloerb, LCSW | Moderator: Denia Barrett, LCSW
Saturday, March 24, 8:30 to 11 a.m. NOTE NEW TIME


Psychoanalytic principles effectively inform mental health services in schools including group work, individual therapy, and consultant to school personnel. Therapists from the Institute’s Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy will illustrate their on-site work in schools located in underserved Chicago neighborhoods.


The presenters all work as clinicians with the Institute’s Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, which Barrett directs; Barrett also serves on the Institute faculty.

CE Credits: 2.5 | Fee: $50 (day-of: $60)

Procrastination, Play, and Workflow

Kourosh Dini, MD
Saturday, April 21, 1 to 4 p.m.

Donald Winnicott’s notion of play helps us understand a central principle: that mastery and meaningful work develop from guided play. Therapists create environments where clients rediscover trust, recover the sense of play they need to grow again, and develop a sense of agency. This helps them to create ‘playgrounds’ that work best for them within their work lives and relationships, whether writing a paper, seeing a patient, enjoying gardening, or other activities. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of fostering play in relationship to work, a concept of and method for practicing Workflow Fundamentals, and methods to structure and support a Session of Work.

Kourosh Dini serves on the faculty of the Institute and is the author of Being Productive - Simple Steps to Calm Focus video course.

CE Credits: 3.0 | Fee: $60 (day-of: $70)

Transformative Moments with Children and Adolescents: Child/Adolescent Analysts at Work

Thomas Barrett, PhD | Anne Kaplan, PhD | Adele Kaufman, LCSW |Erika Schmidt, LCSW
Friday, April 27 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Three experienced child/adolescent analysts will each present a case to illustrate ways in which intensive work develops with a young child, a preadolescent and an adolescent. These cases demonstrate possibilities for deep change in the course of a child's life. 

From these cases and interactive discussion, workshop attendees will gain an understanding of how an intensive format can be beneficial. Attendees will also learn about technical interventions, the therapeutic relationship and alliance, and developmental phases in a child's life--issues that are applicable to the work of child therapists in all settings, whether meeting once a week or more often. A light supper will be served.
CE Credits: 2 | Fee: $50 includes light supper (day-of: $60)

Online registration is now closed - you are welcome to join us and pay at the door




Brochure cover


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 Institute for Psychoanalysis. 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 97.75 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: Approval for Continuing Education Credit Is Pending.

SOCIAL WORKERS: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for social workers by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation of the State of Illinois, License #159.000122. The Institute designates these continuing education activities as earning 100.75 hours of Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers.

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Professional Counselors and Clinical Professional Counselors by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation of the State of Illinois, License #197.000202. The Institute designates these continuing educational activities as earning 100.75 hours Continuing Education Credits for Professional Counselors.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Marriage and Family Therapists by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation of the State of Illinois, License #168.000204. The Institute designates these continuing educational activities as earning 100.75 hours Continuing Education Credits for Marriage and Family Therapists.

All classes take place at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300, except as noted.

Location, Fees, Scholarships and Policies


Location: all classes take place at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis office, s. 1300, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603 except for the Psychoanalysis Today series; these classes will take place at the Symphony Center 8th-floor club, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Advance registration: There is a $10 discount for pre-registration for all courses. Day-of registration is not available for consultation or reading groups.

Cancellation and Refunds: You may cancel registration up to 24 hours in advance for a partial refund or credit toward another 2017-18 continuing education course. Please contact Damita Wilson, continuing education coordinator, if you wish to request a refund.

Scholarships and discounted rates: Pre-registration is required to receive free or discounted admission to continuing education courses. Scholarships are available upon request from Damita Wilson, continuing education coordinator, at 312-897-1411. If you wish to register more than 3 participants for an event, please contact us to receive a 10% discount.

Order form: If you prefer to register for courses and pay by check, you can download and print a paper order form. Please download the order form here