Psychoanalytic Training

 An Invitation from the Psychoanalytic Training Program

Our training program, designed to engage our candidates in an educational process that brings alive the excitement, creativity, and diversity of a contemporary relational, self psychological psychoanalytic approach, is fostered by the study of psychoanalytic thought and therapeutic action through the examination of various theoretical models and their historical context.  Through intensive study of each candidate’s clinical work in individual and peer supervision and class discussion along with personal analytic work, we facilitate a process of self-discovery as candidates become immersed in their clinical analytic work and, over time, forge their analytic identities. We strive to create an educational milieu that encourages open dialogue, critical thinking, playing with ideas and scholarship through writing. Our candidates and graduates consistently report an enhanced capacity to engage more fully and stay closer to the experience of their patients in their in-depth analytic work. In addition many graduates have become leaders in the psychoanalytic community at large.  Please contact Elizabeth Carr, Chair of Admissions, at 202-822-8371 or . We would like to know of your interest.

Educational Philosophy

In our psychoanalytic training program, we communicate to our candidates a sense of excitement, creativity, and diversity that exists within contemporary psychoanalysis. Through intense study and open dialogue, we facilitate a process of discovery as candidates forge their analytic identities. We create an educational milieu that encourages critical thinking and writing.

Course of Study

Our curriculum provides in-depth study of broad theoretical ideas from classical to contemporary. The primary focus is on the study of contemporary self psychological and relational psychoanalytic models, along with findings from developmental research, attachment research, and neuroscience. Our program is particularly strong in re-examining seminal psychoanalytic concepts such as the unconscious and therapeutic action in light of contemporary clinical and developmental findings.

The curriculum encompasses three years of coursework. In each training year, we offer two class sessions per week for 30 weeks of classes. The curriculum is usually divided into six-week courses that include both a theoretical and a clinical concentration. In the first year, an introduction to psychoanalytic practice includes a focus on assisting candidates to deepen their clinical work in order to help them develop control cases. We offer a review of contemporary psychoanalytic theories including self psychology, intersubjectivity, motivational systems theory, and relational theory. In the second year, we expand the range of psychoanalytic theories and continue our focus on psychoanalytic practice. In the courses featuring the major psychoanalytic theories, each section will include the relevant model’s views concerning: transference, countertransference, developmental process, psychopathology, working with dreams, primary clinical approach, and therapeutic action. We also emphasize writing in our curriculum as a means of promoting scholarship and critical thinking.

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In the third year, candidates and faculty collaborate to design the learning program in order to meet the unique learning needs of the class. The curriculum may follow up on a particular interest of the class members or be a more intense study of a previously offered topic. Examples of courses offered in the past third year curriculum include a psychoanalytic approach to trauma, gender, sexuality, motivational systems, addictions, intersubjectivity and comparisons between self psychology and American relational approaches. Recent seminars by leading psychoanalytic scholars, many of whom are on our faculty, include Owen Renik, Jim Fosshage, Donnel Stern, Judith Teicholz, Estelle Shane, Alan Kindler, Helen Gediman, Shelley Doctors, Joseph Lichtenberg, and Andrew Morrison.


Each candidate has an advisor who offers guidance and support through the training process. The advisor meets at least yearly with the candidate to discuss the training experience and to identify learning needs.

Personal Analysis

Through a personal analysis, candidates develop expanded awareness and understanding of their unique subjective reactions in the clinical encounter. Candidates discover blocks and blind spots which prevent them from being fully available to an analysand. This process of self-discovery promotes a capacity for a fuller psychoanalytic engagement.

We recommend, although we do not require it, that the analyst be from within the ICP+P Psychoanalytic faculty. We find that the experience of combining analysis, supervision, and course work from within the contemporary relational mode creates a powerful learning experience for candidates. For candidates who have already completed an analysis, the decision about whether the candidate’s analysis will satisfy the requirement for the personal analysis will be considered during the admission process.

Peer Group

Awareness of self is vital to being an analyst. The peer group experience provides another opportunity to facilitate openness and vulnerability in revealing personal reactions that come up in analytic work. A unique aspect of our psychoanalytic training programs includes weekly meetings as a peer group (without faculty presence) with a focus on case presentations. Ideally, the peer group helps to enhance trust and cohesion as candidates grow in their in capacities to talk about psychoanalytic ideas, apply them clinically, and to help each other.

Supervised Clinical Work

Learning to listen, empathize, and deepen an analysis is challenging and rewarding. Each candidate is required to treat at least three patients at a minimum frequency of three sessions/week over a substantial period of time. Supervision is required for each case. Candidates write up yearly case reports and discuss their analytic development with advisors and supervisors. ICP+P is committed to assisting candidates in finding control cases through suitable referrals and is developing an active referral service.


First Year Courses

  • Introduction to Psychoanalytic Practice
  • Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Listening & Responding
  • Foundations of Self Psychology Theory
  • Concepts of Psychoanalytic Technique
  • Foundations of Motivational Systems Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Writing I
  • Attachment Research & Theory I
  • Foundations of Intersubjectivity Theory
  • Foundations of Relational Theory
  • Continuous Case Conference

Second Year Courses

  • Foundations of British Object Relations
  • Ego Psychology: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives
  • Psychoanalytic Case Studies
  • Therapeutic Action: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives
  • Working with Dreams: Contemporary Perspectives
  • Developmental Research and Clinical Interaction
  • Theories of Intersubjectivity – II
  • Continuous Case Conference
  • Writing II

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Third Year Courses – some examples*

  • American Relational Theory – II
  • Motivation Systems Theory – II
  • Trauma
  • Addictions & Psychoanalysis
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Freud’s Cases
  • Neuropsychoanalysis
  • Continuous Case Conference
  • Attachment Research and Theory II
  • Transference & Countertransference: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Contemporary Self Psychology II
  • Gender & Sexuality

* The third year curriculum is developed with the faculty to meet the learning needs of a particular class.

Continuing Education

The program meets for 30 weeks across the academic calendar and offers 2.5 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.

Psychoanalytic Training Program Faculty

Chair: Sandra Hershberg, MD

Admissions & Outreach Chair: Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC

Curriculum Chair: Sandra Hershberg, MD

Progress Committee Chair: Marie Hellinger, MSW


  • Lawrence Ballon, MD
  • R. Curtis Bristol, MD
  • Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC
  • Kathryn Chefetz, MSW
  • Mauricio Cortina, MD
  • Yvonne Decuir, PhD
  • Shelley Doctors, PhD*
  • James L. Fosshage, PhD*
  • Floyd B. Galler, MD
  • Susan Gorman, MSW
  • Marie Hellinger, MSW
  • Fonya Helm, PhD
  • Elizabeth K. Hersh, MD
  • Sandra G. Hershberg, MD
  • Jane Jones, MSW
  • Alan R. Kindler, MBBS, FRCP*
  • Frank Lachmann, PhD*
  • Susan G. Lazar, MD
  • Faith Lewis, MSW
  • Joseph Lichtenberg, MD
  • Kristina C. MacGaffin, MSW
  • Charles T. Olsen, MD
  • Betty Ann Ottinger, DSW
  • Pat Petrash, MSW
  • Roger Segalla, PhD
  • Rosemary Segalla, PhD
  • Estelle Shane, PhD*
  • Adina Shapiro, MSW
  • Joseph Silvio, MD
  • Malcolm Slavin, PhD*
  • Leslie F. Smith, MSW
  • Ernest Wolf, MD*

* indicates out-of-town faculty


Graduates of the Psychoanalytic Training Program

Elizabeth Carr, APRN, MSN, BC (2003)
Marie Hellinger, MSW (2004)
Lawrence Ballon, MD (2005)
Leslie Smith, MSW (2005)
Susan Gorman, MSW (2006)
Jane Jones, PhD, MSW (2006)
Faith Lewis, MSW (2006)
Pat Petrash, MSW (2006)
Roger Segalla, PhD (2007)
Heidi Block, MSW (2009)
Monica Callahan, PhD (2010)
Janet Dante, MSW (2010)
Mary Jean Kane, MSW (2010)
Linda Kanefield, PhD (2012)
Sarah Pillsbury, PhD (2012)
Kathy Beck, MSW (2013)
Russell Carr, MD (2013)
John McComb, MSW, PhD (2013)
Shoshana Ringel, PhD (2013)
Charlotte Coates Wilkes (2014)
Thomas Gray, PhD, MSW (2014)
Rhoda Spindel, MSW (2014)

Current Members-in-Training

Advanced Trainees

Gwendolyn Pla, PhD, MSW
Eileen Boyle, PhD


Ted Billings, MSW
Dane Frost, MA, LCPC
Ruth Migler, MA. MSW
John Paddock, PhD
Joe Wise, MD