statement of purpose

Open Classes (formerly the Student at Large program) is sponsored by the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. The Program was developed to give those with a serious interest in psychoanalysis the opportunity to take courses taught by an experienced psychoanalyst as well as some courses in the Psychoanalytic Education Program and Psychotherapy programs. This program gives people from various backgrounds an introduction to psychoanalysis and the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding about psychoanalytic theory and practice. One of the goals is to demonstrate the value of psychoanalytic ideas to a larger proportion of the population.

admission process

After submitting an application along with the application fee, the applicant will be interviewed by a member of the Open Classes Admissions Committee, who will use the following guidelines:
A. Clinicians
  • Clinicians who are considering the Psychoanalytic Education Program, the Adult Psychotherapy Program or the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program, but are not ready to commit to the rigors of full training.
  • Clinicians who wish to gain a deeper understanding of psychoanalytic ideas and practice to use in treatment with their patients, but are not planning on full psychoanalytic training.
  • Graduates of the Adult or Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Programs who wish to continue their education and affiliation with the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute
  • Students in clinical PhD or PsyD programs or in clinical Master’s programs with an interest in psychoanalytic theory and clinical process who may wish to seek admission to Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute programs in the future

B. Non-Clinicians

  • Academicians, researchers and scholars in related fields who teach in university settings who wish to deepen their understanding of psychoanalytic theory and clinical process to assist their teaching and research programs 
  • Individuals with non-clinical Master’s degrees who have a serious interest in psychoanalysis

application procedure

  1. Fill out the application to the Open Classes Program (click here). Along with the application, please be sure to submit the following items:
    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
    • $75 Non-Refundable Application Fee. 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.


Admissions Deadlines: July 1 for Fall; November 1 for Winter; February 1 for Spring.  

  1. If you have questions about the program, please contact Alison Chandler, Director of Education Administration at 312-897-1403 or

  2. Once you return the application form, a member of the Open Classes Admissions Committee will contact you to set up a brief interview. You will be notified of your acceptance immediately following.

  3. Once accepted into the program, you will be sent additional information and registration instructions.


All classes are taught by members of the faculty of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.


  • Students are permitted to take a maximum of 2 courses in any quarter.  

  • Most classes are available for Open Classes students to take, with the exception of courses within the Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought program and any Case Conferences. Priority registration goes to those enrolled in an Education Program and Open Classes students will be accommodated if space allows.

2019-2020 Tuition & Fees

*Tuition & fees may change annually

There is a $50 annual fee for access to the online Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing Library, PEP-Web. All tuition and fees must be paid, or a tuition payment plan arrangement must be made by the end of the registration period in order to participate in classes.


frequently asked questions

  1. When and where are the classes? The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute is located at 122 S. Michigan Avenue on the 13th floor. Stop at the front desk of the Institute (across from the elevators on the left) for direction to the classrooms. Classes meet on Friday, and are scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Most classes meet every other week and are scheduled on alternating A or B weeks, although several classes meet every week, e.g. the Freud course.
  2. Which classes can I take? In general, introductory theory courses and electives are open. Additional courses may be available if prerequisites are met. Clinical Case Conferences are not available to Open Classes students. You must complete a Registration Request Form indicating which course(s) you would like to take. 
  3. Can I get CE credits for courses I take? Continuing Education Credits are offered after the completion of a class. If you attend all 6 class meeting in a regular 1-quarter course, you will receive 7.5 CE credits (15 for a 12 session course). Class periods are 1 hour-15 minutes long. In order to receive continuing education credit, you must sign in to verify your attendance and complete the evaluation at the end of the course.


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.