Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (CAPP)

The CAPP program is a 2-year clinical training program specifically focused on the values, attitudes and listening perspectives of clinicians who operate from Self Psychological and Relational orientations.  Self-reflection, personal growth and the capacity for critical thinking are the building blocks of the CAPP program.  CAPP, embedded in the facilitating environment of the ICP+P community, is designed to provide a training experience that captures the excitement, creativity, and diversity fundamental to these perspectives.


Theoretical component

Year one – We begin with an overview of the history of psychoanalytic thinking, followed by an in depth exploration of classical and contemporary Self Psychology as a comprehensive theory of normal development and psychopathology.
Year two – We emphasize the evolution and clinical application of Relational theory.

Clinical component

Year one – We explore how to set up treatment and specific issues that arise in every treatment.
Year two – We investigate various psychoanalytic topics including dreams, sex, impasse, the therapist use of self, and termination from Self Psychological and Relational perspectives.

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Integration classes, facilitated by a faculty member, occur periodically throughout the program.  This ongoing integrative experience offers students an opportunity to compare and contrast the various theories in terms of the experience of the self, psychopathology, the role of the therapist and therapeutic action.  It also creates an environment for students to reflect on their own connections to their clinical work as they expand their identity as psychotherapists.


Class consultation – In both the theoretical and clinical components, faculty members will focus on applying the principles being studied to clinical material through the use of vignettes offered by the faculty member and the students.
Individual consultation – This weekly consultation experience offers a student the opportunity to present clinical work for in-depth exploration.  The fee for consultation is $75.

Personal Psychotherapy

Each student is expected to be in or have recently been in a personal psychotherapy with a therapist who has as a primary focus a contemporary Self-Psychological/Relational approach.

Writing Component

The writing component is introduced during the second year to offer students an opportunity to integrate theory, personal reflection, and their clinical work in a paper presented at graduation.

Continuing Education

The program meets for 30 weeks across the academic calendar and offers 3.75 CE credits for most evenings. A CE/CME certificate is awarded when attendance is 80% or more, and is for the number of hours actually attended.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy + Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credits hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage & family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn CE credits for attending the classes. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

* The presenters and the planners have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Additionally, the presenter has been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during this presentation. This presentation will not contain any references to off-label (non-FDA-approved) use of products or devices.

Events and study groups

For further information about applying to the CAPP Program, you may contact Janna Sandmeyer, PhD, Program Chair, at or 202 306 6500.