About 4-Year

ICP offers a Four-Year Psychoanalytic training program that leads to either a New York State License in Psychoanalysis, or a Certificate in Psychoanalysis.


The object of ICP’s Four-Year Analytic Training Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is to provide intensive training for doing in-depth treatment. The convergence of the candidate’s personal analysis, concentrated supervision, active caseload, study of a wide variety of theories of treatment, and the freedom to share experiences with a dedicated group of professionals results in a profound life experience for the candidate. This frees him/her to deal with a wide variety of emotional problems, and in a wide spectrum of depths of analysis. The clinical services of the Institute provide psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for a population of over 500 patients per week. Our candidates in training have a ready and varied population from which to gain experience in treatment. This availability makes for a variety of treatment experiences which are not possible at other institutes that do not have active clinics.


  • Physicians who have completed two years of psychiatric residency.
  • Psychologists with a Ph.D., licensed or eligible for licensure in New York State.
  • Social Workers with an M.S.W., certified or eligible for certification in New York State.
  • Psychiatric Nurse Clinicians with an M.A. or M.S. in psychiatric nursing.
  • Applicants for the New York State Licensing Program are required to have a Masters Degree recognized by the State of New York (not necessarily mental health related).

In addition, two years of post-graduate, supervised clinical experience, including psychotherapy experience, is required of all applicants. Note: In the case of certain exceptional individuals, some of the formal requirements may by waived.

A. Curriculum

The curriculum consists of a four-year course of study with three 10-week trimesters in each year.(See Below for Specifics) Classes meet every Wednesday from 12:00 pm – 5:45 pm. The primary focus of the course work is to integrate theoretical issues with actual psychotherapy and psychoanalytic practice, and each theoretical course is paired with a complimentary case seminar. Two kinds of seminars are offered. In the theoretical aspect of the program, a heavy emphasis is placed on a thorough knowledge of psychoanalytic theories and developmental theories of emotional problems and disorders. On the practicum level, continuous case seminars and courses that deal with interview techniques, dream interpretation, and analysis of transference, provide the opportunity to develop understanding of the psychoanalytic and psychotherapy situation, and to refine one’s technical skills. 

B. Caseload

 Required treatment experience will be obtained by working with ICP clinic patients. Our large and active clinic provides the variety of patients necessary for adequate training, and our Institute’s 26 offices provide the comfortable and relaxed setting in which to see those patients. At least half of the patients in a candidate’s case load are usually seen more than one time per week. Patients will be chosen with the object of providing a variety of experiences to the candidate, and to reflect the cross section of pathology usually seen in a private practice. Patients can be seen in the candidate’s private office or at the Institute. A minimum of 1200 hours of ICP patients are required for graduation.

In the FIRST year of training, 6 ICP clinic hours will be assigned. In the late Spring of this year, or by the following Fall, a 3x/week psychoanalytic patient will be assigned.

The SECOND year will continue with these 9 hours of treatment. In the second half of the second year, the candidate would be expected to be working with a second 3x/week control case. This case could be obtained by: 1. Converting a 2x/week ICP patient to 3x/week, if the case is acceptable. 2. Seeing a patient that is presently being seen in private practice, if the case is accepted by the supervisor. It is the responsibility of the candidate to arrange hours to see assigned analytic cases.

C. Personal Analysis

 The candidate is required to be in 3x/week analysis for at least 240 hours. The remaining time in the program should be no less than 2x/week, commensurate with the intensity of the training experience. 

D. Supervision

During the FIRST year, each candidate will see one supervisor, 2x/week for supervision of psychotherapy cases. When the candidate is given their first analytic case (at the end of the first year, or beginning of the second), they will then be supervised for 1 hour per week on psychotherapy cases, and 1 hour per week on the analytic case.

In the SECOND year, the candidate will take on two new supervisors – one for psychotherapy supervision and survey of the caseload (1 hour per week) and one for the control case (1 hour per week). At the end of the second year, or beginning of the third year, the candidate will get their second analytic case. By this time the candidate will have 120 hours of supervision of psychotherapy cases, and if their supervisor feels it is appropriate, they will have no more psychotherapy supervision. If the supervisor feels that the candidate still needs supervision on psychotherapy cases, the candidate may then have 3 supervisors in the third year.

In the THIRD year, the candidate will be seeing one supervisor, 1 hour/week on the first analytic case and will pick up a second supervisor for the second analytic case. The second supervisor may see the candidate 1 hour/week for the third and fourth years (a total of 80 hours) to optimize the possibility of covering the beginning and middle phases of the treatment with the case. Thus, at the end of the third year, total supervisory hours should total 120 for psychotherapy and 200 for psychoanalytic supervision.

In the FOURTH year, the candidate will have two supervisors 1x/week for each of the control cases. There would be no supervision on the psychotherapy cases if the candidate is doing well.


Satisfactory Progress

Maintenance of matriculation as well as readiness to graduate will be determined by periodic evaluation by the Training Committee. The rare Candidate who may consistently fail to demonstrate satisfactory progress may, after careful consideration, be asked to take a leave of absence or be suspended from the program. As our object is to train and graduate candidates, and as we believe in the ability to change, there is a continued open dialogue between candidates, their supervisors, and the Training Committee concerning strengths and areas needing improvement. All supervisory reports are open to the candidates’ inspection, as are all discussions of their progress in the Training Committee meetings.

Tuition and Expenses

For candidates beginning in the 2017-2018 year, tuition is $2,500 per year paid to ICP.

There is a one-time application fee of $75.

The fee for supervision is $50 per 45 minute session.

Candidate pay rate is as follows:

$        10.00 1st half of all required hours
$        12.00 2nd half of all required hours if LP Candidate or non-fully licensed mental health therapist
$        15.00 2nd half of all required hours if fully licensed therapist

If you require financial assistance, scholarship aid is available on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to the program manager to inquire further about this process.

Application Process

Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • A completed application with a $75 application fee.
  • Three letters of reference from people familiar with the applicant’s clinical work.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.


 Certificate of Training

A certificate of completion of the training program will be awarded in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Board of Regents of the State of New York. A candidate graduates upon the successful completion of the following:

Private Referrals

As the clinic is a vital and active one, we are able to give private referrals to licensed candidates based upon accumulated hours seeing clinic patients. To request an application or for more information, contact the Program Manager, Emma Frank, at ICP: (212) 333-3444 ext. 114.


The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy provides training without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other classification protected under applicable federal, state and local law.