An Invitation from the ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program: Remote Training

The ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program is pleased to announce the starting date of our new virtual training class, beginning in September, 2025.  We will offer a study group for applicants and for those considering applying beginning in September, 2024.

Our psychoanalytic training program is designed to engage candidates in an educational process that conveys the excitement, creativity, and diversity of contemporary psychoanalytic approaches. This includes the study of psychoanalytic thought and therapeutic action through the examination of various theoretical models and their historical contexts, interweaving the study of race, gender, and sexual orientation throughout.  Immersion in personal analysis, clinical work with control cases, supervision, and classroom learning facilitates a process of discovery as candidates, over time, forge their unique analytic identity, sensibility, and style.  We strive to create an educational milieu that encourages open and respectful dialogue, self-reflection, critical thinking, creativity, and scholarship.

The training program benefits from being part of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Washington, DC, which offers a professional community, ongoing conferences, study groups, and other learning opportunities. As part of ICP+P, we recently participated in an intensive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging consultation process and are committed to actualizing the guidance that emerged from that experience as well as the recommendations of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis.  Thus, for example, we incorporate a psychosocial perspective in our training, both through specific courses on race, gender, sexual orientation, and related topics, and by incorporating a wider sociocultural lens throughout our curriculum. Our current candidate group includes people of diverse backgrounds throughout the United States and internationally, and their control cases encompass people from marginalized populations.

Additionally, we encourage participation in the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP) and in the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP).  Many of our candidates, graduates, and faculty have presented their work at the IAPSP and IARPP annual international conferences.

Our candidates and graduates consistently report an enhanced capacity to engage more fully and with greater satisfaction in their clinical work over the course of their training and beyond. In addition, we provide opportunities for our candidates to present papers during their training, striving to build confidence in writing about clinical situations in a generative class environment.  Through such experiences, our graduates become contributors to the psychoanalytic literature and leaders in the psychoanalytic community at large.

If you are interested in learning more about the ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program, please contact Monica L. Meerbaum, PhD,  Chair of Admissions, (301) 587-6211 or mleoniemeerbaum@gmail.com or Sandra Hershberg, MD, Chair of Psychoanalytic Training AT (301)229-6570 at hershbs@verizon.net.

Applications can be found on the ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training page of the ICP+P website.


Didactic

Mission

Psychoanalytic training at ICP+P involves an intensive learning experience, fostering each candidate’s development as a contemporary psychoanalyst. Our educational milieu encourages open dialogue, self-discovery, critical thinking, clinical integration and scholarship. Through the powerful interplay of a course of study, clinical practice, supervision, and a personal analysis, candidates build capacities to create growth-promoting analytic relationships.

Components of the Training

The psychoanalytic training program attends to the individual development of each candidate and includes the following components:
Personal Analysis
Three-year Course of Study
Supervised Clinical Work
Advisement and Mentoring
Group Meetings for Building Connection and Discussing Cases
In-Person Weekends with Didactic and Social Elements

Personal Analysis

Through a personal analysis, candidates develop expanded awareness and understanding of their unique subjective reactions in the clinical encounter. Concurrent experiences of classroom study, supervision, intensive work with control cases, and the self-discovery of personal analytic treatment promote a deeper access to one’s subjectivity as well as to the intersubjective processes reverberating within an analytic dyad. We find that this integrative learning opportunity creates a meaningful capacity for fuller psychoanalytic engagement. Candidates typically choose their own analyst, but, if a candidate wishes, the advisor can serve as a resource in seeking an analyst.

Three-year Course of Study

While the primary focus of our curriculum is on the study of contemporary psychoanalytic models, theoretical ideas from classical to contemporary are included. The curriculum encompasses three years of coursework. In each academic year, we offer two class sessions per week for 30 weeks of classes. The curriculum is typically divided into six-week courses and includes both theoretical and clinical perspectives.

We begin the coursework with an introduction to psychoanalytic practice with an emphasis on assisting candidates with the process of deepening their clinical work and developing  control cases. We then offer a review of psychoanalytic theories spanning self psychology, intersubjective systems, motivational systems, relational theory, and object relations. In addition, we interweave the study of race, gender, and sexual orientation through the various psychoanalytic lenses. The curriculum includes courses that integrate findings from developmental research, attachment research, and neuroscience into clinical understanding and practice. 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 perspectives.

Courses examining the major psychoanalytic approaches explore each model’s theory of mind and of therapeutic action. An emphasis on writing promotes scholarship and critical thinking. In the third year, candidates and faculty collaborate to design that year’s curriculum to meet the unique learning needs of each cohort. The curriculum may explore a particular interest of the class members or be a more intensive study of a previously offered topic. Examples of courses offered in the past third year curriculum include: a psychoanalytic perspective on trauma, gender, sexuality, social psychoanalysis, and race.

Schedule

First year classes will be held on zoom from September 2025 through May, 2026 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. EST.  Second year virtual classes will be from September 2026 through May, 2027; third year virtual classes will be from September 2027 through May 2028.  During the three years, there will be at least one mandatory in-person weekend gathering in Washington, DC for candidates to share didactic learning and social connection with each other and with faculty.  A recent detailed course schedule is available through this link: Detailed Course Schedule

Supervised Clinical Work

Learning to listen from an empathic perspective and deepen an analytic process is challenging and rewarding. Candidates are engaged in a supervisory relationship throughout their training. Each candidate is required to treat at least three patients at a minimum frequency of three sessions per week over a substantial period of time. At a minimum, one case will continue for three years and two for at least one year.  Individual weekly supervision is required for each case. Candidates write yearly case reports and discuss their analytic development with their advisors and supervisors. ICP+P is committed to assisting candidates in finding control cases through suitable referrals, including a local reduced fee referral service for those candidates licensed in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area.

Advisement & Mentoring

Each candidate is assigned an advisor who offers guidance and support through the training process. The advisor communicates regularly with the candidate to discuss the training experience and to identify learning needs.

Weekly Group

Weekly candidate meetings are held from 4:30 to 5:20 and are generally facilitated by a faculty member or outside consultant. They aim to foster group connection and provide opportunities to discuss cases from an intersubjective perspective.

Selected Courses

  • History of Psychoanalysis
  • Foundations and Evolution of Self Psychology
  • Freud Technique Papers: A Close Reading
  • Attachment
  • Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Difference: Race, Racialization, and Social Class
  • Ethics and Psychoanalysis
  • Dreams and Psychoanalysis
  • Fromm’s Socio-Psychoanalytic Approach, the Social Unconscious, and Social Character Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Writing
  • Relational Psychoanalysis
  • The Analyst’s Use of Self
  • Motivational Systems Theory: Overview and Clinical Applications
  • Psychoanalysis and Substance Abuse
  • Klein
  • Winnicott, Fairbairn, and Bion
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Intersubjective Systems Theory
  • Trauma and the Analytic Relationship
  • New Analysts’ Publications
  • Termination
  • Women Psychoanalysts: On Psychoanalysis and Female Development
  • Integrative Seminar on Therapeutic Action
  • Development of an Evolving Psychoanalytic Identity

Continuing Education

The program meets for 30 weeks across the academic calendar and offers 3.0 CE credits for most evenings. A CE/CME certificate is awarded for each separate unit of the program. To receive the credits, attendees must attend 100% of the classes within each unit. Partial credit is not possible.

Admissions Policy

Admission to the Psychoanalytic Training Program is open to any individual who is a licensed mental health professional and who has sufficient clinical experience to engage in psychoanalytic training. We look for individuals who have a foundation in psychoanalytic theory, and the personal maturity and life circumstances that permit the undertaking of an intensive training program. Each candidate is expected to begin a personal analysis if one is not yet in process.

Scholarship assistance is available for tuition and supervision.

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

All applicants should submit a completed application package (click here to go to the online application), including a $50 application fee. For those applicants who are considered eligible, interviews with faculty members are scheduled. Each application is subsequently reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The applicant is informed in writing of the decision and is invited to discuss decisions of deferral or rejection.

Fees

Application:
$50.00 fee (applicable toward tuition).

Tuition:
$2,300.00 per two-semester academic year.  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.

Students may apply for scholarship assistance by clicking here.

Supervision

Fees for supervision are in addition to the program tuition and are arranged with the individual supervisor. We encourage all supervisors to reduce their fees when appropriate to accommodate a candidate’s financial needs. Scholarship funds are available to assist with supervision fees. The Chair of the Psychoanalytic Training Program and the individual candidate’s advisor will assist in the process of selecting supervisors. At least one of the supervisors must be from the program’s list of  ICP+P faculty and consultants.


ICP+P Psychoanalytic Training Program Faculty

Chair: Sandra Hershberg, MD
Co-Chair: Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC

Program Planning Committee Chair: Robert Benedetti, PhD
Admissions & Outreach Chair: Monica Leonie Meerbaum, PhD
Curriculum Chair: Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC
Progress Committee Chair: Linda Kanefield, PhD

Faculty

Hemda Arad, PhD
Lawrence Ballon, MD
Robert Benedetti, PhD
Elizabeth M. Carr, APRN, MSN, BC
Michael Clifford, PhD
Elizabeth Corpt, MSW
Mauricio Cortina, MD
Ebony Dennis, PsyD
Constance Dunlap, MD
Yael Greenberg, PsyD
Robert Grossmark, PhD
Darren Haber, PsyD, MFT
Huey Hawkins, PhD, MSW
Marie Hellinger, MSW
Fonya Helm, PhD
Sandra G. Hershberg, MD
Linda Kanefield, PhD
Peter Kaufman, PhD
Alyson Kepple, MD
Monica Leonie Meerbaum, PhD
Ruth Migler, LCSW-C
Suzi Naiburg, MSW
John Paddock, PhD
Shoshana Ringel, PhD
Roger Segalla, PhD
Estelle Shane, PhD
Malcolm Slavin, PhD
Leslie F. Smith, MSW
Graciela Steiger, MD
Steven Stern, PsyD
J Unterberg, PhD
Elaina Vasserman-Stokes, PhD

Graduates of the ICP+P 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 Leonie Meerbaum, 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)
Gwendolyn Pla, PhD, MSW (2017)
Eileen Boyle, PhD (2019)
Ruth Migler, LCSW-C (2019)
John Paddock, PhD (2019)
Edward (Ted) Billings, MSW (2020)
Adriana Couto  Silva, LCPC (2022)
Alyson Kepple, MD (2023)
Elaina Vasserman-Stokes, PhD (2023)

Current Members-in-Training

Current Candidates

Daniela Wolf, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC (Bethesda, MD)
Krista Koshinen, MD (Washington, DC)
Peiper Kirkendoll, PhD, LPC (Telluride, CO)
Kai da Costa, MD (St Yarmouth, ME)
Rodney Orders, LCSW-C (Elkridge, MD)
Sarah So, MHS, MS, LGPC (Rockville, MD)
Sandra Triggs, LMHC (Vero Beach, FL)
Vojna Tapola, PhD (Helsinki, Finland)
William Hayden, LICSW, MSW (Bethesda, MD)


ICP+P Office Address:
4601 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 8
Washington, DC 20008

ICP+P Mailing Address:
3298 Governor Drive, Suite 22270
San Diego, CA 92192


* 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.