The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is pleased to offer an innovative approach to psychoanalytic education, a one-year program called “Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought” (Fundamentals).
This program brings together mental health clinicians, professionals from allied disciplines, college graduates, and others in a learning community within the Institute. The course of study is designed to provide a foundational education in psychoanalytic thought, theory and practice, as it has evolved and changed over the years, and as it is now.
The Fundamentals program consists of four courses a week for three quarters of the academic year. The comprehensive curriculum includes:
- Evolution of Psychoanalytic Thought
- Fundamental Concepts in Psychoanalysis
- Development Over the Life-Course
- Critical Thinking: Defining Psychoanalytic, The Epigenetic-Developmental Model, and Critical Reading
- Clinical Case Conference
- The Clinical Approach to the Patient
The coursework unifies theory and clinical ideas into a psychoanalytic framework grounded in an understanding of the relevance of psychoanalysis and its myriad applications in our modern, culturally and scientifically complex world. Fundamentals engages students from diverse backgrounds in a deepening psychoanalytic learning process that gives them the tools and options to shape the psychoanalysis of the future. Click here to view the course catalog.
Students may enroll in the Fundamentals program through several pathways:
- Fundamentals year students
- Psychoanalytic Education Program (PEP) or Psychoanalysis for Scholars (PFS) students
- Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (APP) students (two options)
- Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPPT) students
Part-time options are available for students choosing to take the program over two years.
For those admitted to a clinical training program, Fundamentals is the first year of training. After completion of this first year, students move into the next year of training in the Psychoanalytic Education Program, the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, or the Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. Students who have completed Fundamentals can later decide to pursue clinical training and, upon admission, enter the second training year.
To apply online, click here. Along with the application, you will be asked to submit the following items:
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- $100 Application Fee (non-refundable).
- Copy of most recent academic transcripts
- (2) Letters of Reference from Professional Contacts (Reference guideline forms can be found here)
- Personal Statement (no more than 1,000 words)
Application deadline is May 1. Each applicant will also have a personal interview.
For more information, please contact Alison Chandler, Director of Education Administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-897-1403.
Tuition and Fees
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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.