Program Requirements

Eligibility: Applicants must have a Master’s degree or higher. We accept

  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Creative Arts Therapists
  • Other mental health professionals.

The components of the Two-Year Program are:

  • Theory and clinical classes, and group supervision, from 6 – 9:20 PM on Tuesday nights
  • Weekly individual supervision sessions
  • Weekly individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy session
  • Two patient hours per week, either from ICP’s Adult Treatment Service or from candidate’s work setting / private practice

Upon the satisfactory fulfillment of all requirements of the program, candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.  Graduates are eligible to apply to enter the second year of the Four-Year Analytic Program.

Curriculum: The curriculum consists of a two-year course of study with two semesters each year.  Classes meet Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9:20 PM.  Each evening participants attend one theoretical course, one clinical course, and one group supervision.

Caseload: Each candidate is required to work with two patients in weekly psychotherapy. Candidates may choose to be assigned patients from the Institute’s clinic.

ICP’s clinical services provide psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for a population of over 600 patients per week. Our candidates have a ready and varied population with which to gain a wide experience in the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Upon approval by their supervisors, candidates in the Two-Year Program may opt to work with patients from private practice or work settings. Any candidate who wishes to add a third patient in the second semester may, with the supervisor’s approval.

Personal Psychotherapy: Candidates are required to be in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at least once weekly throughout their training. The candidate’s therapist must be a graduate, five or more years ago, of a recognized analytic institute and be approved by our Training Committee.

Note: A list of ICP therapists who make hours available to candidates on a sliding-scale basis is available upon request upon acceptance into the program.

Supervision: In addition to group supervision on Tuesday night, each candidate has to be complete 40 individual supervision sessions per year, for a total of 80 sessions. Candidates choose their supervisors from a list of Two-Year Program supervisors, and must work with a different supervisor each year. Scheduling of supervisory sessions is worked out with the supervisor. Fees are set by ICP at a rate of $50 per session.

Satisfactory Progress: Maintenance of matriculation as well as readiness to receive the Certificate of Completion will be determined through periodic evaluation by the Training Committee. As our objective is to train our candidates and help them complete the program, 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. The rare candidate who consistently fails to demonstrate satisfactory progress may, after careful consultation, be asked to increase supervisor to twice-weekly session, take a leave of absence, or be suspended from the program.

Current Tuition: Tuition is payable to ICP by the first day of classes. The fee covers course work and group supervision.  Candidates are responsible for their own personal therapy and supervisory fees. Tuition is subject to change annually.


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.