Candidates who successfully complete the ICP Four-Year Training Program in Psychoanalysis receive from ICP a Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This certificate qualifies the recipient to sit for the New York State LP (Licensed Psychoanalyst) examination, which is under the auspices of the New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions.
Many who receive the Certificate in Psychoanalysis choose not to take the LP examination because their graduate degree (e.g., Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Master in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling) may lead to a license to practice psychotherapy even if they do not get a license to practice psychoanalysis. Those whose graduate degree cannot lead to a license to practice psychotherapy must take and pass the LP examination to practice psychoanalysis. (The LP also entitles one to practice psychotherapy.) However, some who do not have to pass the LP examination choose to take it for personal reasons, e.g., they want a license to practice psychoanalysis.
These two tracks – those who must obtain the LP and those who do not – represent a distinction without a difference in training. All 4-Yr Candidates train together as a class.