Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought is a year-long program of study that provides a foundational education in the essentials of psychoanalytic thought, theory and practice as it has evolved over the years.  Students from varied backgrounds come together in a vibrant learning community.  The students engage in a deepening psychoanalytic learning process that gives them the tools to shape the psychoanalysis of the future. 

The Fundamentals Program is an innovative effort by the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. Both students and faculty have found it to be an invigorating addition to our educational programming, providing more flexible options for study and an exciting, up-to-date curriculum that surveys the evolution of  psychoanalytic theory and practice, its core theoretical ideas and concepts and provides an introduction to the broad power of psychoanalytic thinking to understand and explain human behavior.
For students in our Psychoanalytic Education and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy programs, the Fundamentals Year is the first year of training.  Other Fundamentals students take this course of study as a free-standing program.  If they decide to pursue more advanced clinical training, they have the option to transfer into either the psychoanalytic or psychotherapy programs with advanced standing.

This program is open to mental health clinicians, professionals from allied disciplines, college graduates and others interested in psychoanalysis. It is offered to local and distance students. Part-time options are available for students choosing to take the program over two years.
This program is offered locally and to distance students.

Curriculum:

  • Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Developmental Processes

  • Evolution of Psychoanalytic Thought

  • Critical Thinking—psychoanalytic attitude, psychoanalytic reading, epigenetic/hierarchical model

  • Fundamental Concepts in Psychoanalysis

  • Case Conferences

Classes meet Fridays between 8:30AM-3:00PM CST
122 S Michigan Ave, 13th floor
Chicago, IL  60603

 

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 has been extended to June 1, 2020.  Each applicant will also have a personal interview. 

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for details

Please direct admissions questions to our Education Coordinator,  education@chicagoanalysis.org, 312-897-1403

We are committed to serving faculty, students, consumers of therapy, and community members with respect and dignity. The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital or familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or gender identity.

Accreditation 

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