Invitation to Join CAPP Program

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.

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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.

Course Information


All classes will be held on Wednesdays, 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Detailed Course Schedule


All classes meet the ICP+P office located at 4601 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008.


Syllabus and Readings (password protected)


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 for each unit of the program individually. To receive the credits, attendees must attend 100% of the classes within each unit. Partial credit is not possible.

Schedule and Location

5:00 – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday
All classes meet on Wednesday evening at the ICP+P office located at 4601 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008.

Steering Committee

Chair: Mike Bulger, PhD
Katie Burner, LICSW
Matthew Schottland, PsyD, PLLC
Daniela Wolf, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC


This program is for licensed mental health professionals who have completed a minimum of a Master’s level graduate program and are seeking to improve their clinical skills and effectiveness using Self Psychological and Relational perspectives. Malpractice insurance independent of ICP+P supervision is a requirement for participation.

ICP+P does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic background.


Admission to ICP+P’s Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program is available to any qualified individual interested in self psychology and other contemporary psychoanalytic theories.

The application process includes the following:

  1. two separate interviews with Steering Committee members
  2. two letters of reference from someone familiar with your clinical work
  3. $50.00 non refundable application fee
  4. a copy of your CV
  5. click here to apply

Admission is on a rolling basis. We encourage early application due to limited class size.

Tuition and fees

Annual Tuition is $2,300.00.  The application fee will be applied to the tuition. Tuition will be billed for the fall and spring semesters in August and December, respectively. Tuition refunds will be available until the semester begins.

Applicants may apply for scholarship assistance by clicking here.

For further information about the CAPP program please contact Mike Bulger, PhD at

The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and 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. As our CE program receives oversight from a licensed social worker, the CE credits we award are highly likely to be recognized by licensing boards in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) 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)™. 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 presenters have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during the presentations. The presentations will not contain any references to off-label (non-FDA-approved) use of products or devices.