The Psychoanalytic Education Program trains clinical psychoanalysts and scholars interested in deep immersion in psychoanalytic thought and practice.  This intensive, in-depth course of study follows the traditional three-part model of psychoanalytic education including didactic coursework, supervised psychoanalytic cases and a personal analysis.

The didactic component of the training program consists of five years of course work that lead each candidate through a deepening understanding of psychoanalytic theory, clinical practice and technique, human development and a range of essential topics.  

Candidates in the psychoanalytic education program, traditionally called “candidates” undergo a personal analysis with an experienced psychoanalysis.  This personal immersion in a psychoanalytic experience is integral to understanding the process with patients, as well as a means for the analyst in training to understand, in depth, individual issues that will affect their psychoanalytic work.

Candidates in the program treat three patients in psychoanalysis.  Intensive one-on-one case supervision is provided by experienced psychoanalysts on the faculty.  Supervision initially is provided one hour per week per case, and later every two weeks or monthly.  One of the candidate’s cases must be seen through to a completed termination, or a minimum of five years.

The Institute provides training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis which can be pursued simultaneously with adult training or subsequently. Candidates in this Child and Adolescent Program treat two adult cases and three cases with children, ranging in age from early childhood to adolescence, under supervision.  Additional courses in theory, development and technique are offered to Child and Adolescent candidates.

This program is open to licensed mental health clinicians with a strong foundation in psychotherapy.
This program is offered locally and to distance students.


  • Psychoanalytic theory—Theory courses explore the critical questions that have led to the evolution of psychoanalytic thought over the decades since the field’s founding. Freud, Klein, Kohut, Relational Theory, Object Relations, Ego Psychology  and contributions from Latin America and Europe are studied in depth and placed in the context of the overarching intellectual tradition

  • Clinical Practice and Technique

  • Development

  • Social and cultural issues including diversity, race and gender and sexuality

  • Psychopathology

  • Ethics

  • Analytic writing

  • Foundational conceptual approaches—general systems theory, non-linear approaches to psychoanalysis and neuro-psychoanalysis

  • Electives—Special topics of interest

Classes meet Fridays between 8:30AM-4:30PM CST
122 S Michigan Ave, 13th floor
Chicago, IL  60603


To apply online, click hereAlong with the application, you will be asked to submit the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume

  • $200 Non-Refundable Application Fee

  • Copy of most recent academic transcripts

  • Copy of license and certificate of malpractice insurance 

  • (2) Letters of Reference from Professional Contacts (Reference guideline forms can be found here)

  • Personal Statement (no more than 1,000 words)

You will be able to start, save and return to the application to complete it before submitting. Appliation deadline is April 15th has been extened to June 1st. 
Due to limited slots, international applicants should submit applications as soon as possible. Each applicant will also be interviewed. 

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for details

Please direct admissions questions to our Education Coordinator,, 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.


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