Psychoanalysis | 4-Year Candidate Program

Contemporary Psychoanalysis offers extraordinary opportunities for personal growth and healing. Recent developments in the areas of attachment, trauma, neuroscience, philosophy, infant research, consciousness, and complex dynamic systems expand the domain of psychoanalysis in ways never before imagined.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis affords candidates the excitement of advances in psychoanalytic thought built on our rich heritage of psychoanalytic theory. Appreciation of our embeddedness in contexts of diversity, culture, and history informs our thinking and teaching. Many of our instructors are widely regarded authorities in the field and contribute regularly to the literature.

As a center for inquiry, clinical training, and research, we embrace the tripartite method training. Immersion in a training analysis infuses coursework with personal meaning and augments engagement in three supervised control cases.

We welcome applicants from a variety of disciplines to take part in this unique exploratory adventure that will increase knowledge, expand self-awareness, and enhance clinical skills.

The Institute of Contemporary psychoanalysis accepts applications for psychoanalytic training throughout the year. Applications can be submitted at any time though if submitted after July 1st we cannot guarantee they will be processed in time to start that September.

Weekend courses are taught one weekend per month (Friday – Sunday), six months per academic year.

Application Form for Candidacy at ICP will be available here.

2022-23 dates for the Psychoanalytic Training Program:

  • September 16-18
  • October 28-30
  • December 16-18
  • January 27-29
  • March 24-26
  • May 5-7

For questions regarding our 4 Year Analytic Program, please contact the Admission Chair:

Mark Winitsky, M.F.T., Psy.D.
Office: (310) 600-3683
email: [email protected]

If you prefer not to download the application or have general questions please write or call:

Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
2355 Westwood Blvd #825
Los Angeles, CA 90064
e-mail: [email protected]

A graduate mental health degree or the equivalent is required. Applicants must be licensed in the state in which they practice. In addition, they must have a sufficient amount of postgraduate experience to prepare them for psychoanalytic training. Requirements for research candidates are described above. Applicants who have experience and training beyond the minimal requirements in another psychoanalytic institute will be considered for advanced candidacy. Applicants to all programs are asked to submit a completed application form, a brief psychological autobiography, a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, copies of their license and malpractice insurance, and an application fee. Following a review of these materials, those applicants who are accepted for the next stage of admission will be interviewed by three ICP members and one candidate member. Interviews will assess personal and professional qualifications; at least one interview will require the presentation of case material.

Application Information

We have a rolling admissions process, so that your application can be considered as soon as it is complete.
Our  non-refundable application fee is $125 until 5/31/22, and $150 from 6/1/22 on. There is no guarantee of acceptance for applications submitted after July 1.

To pay your application fee online, please click here.

Tuition: $3,500.00 annually for full-time status, $100.00 admin fee and a $35.00 STRF free.

Course of Study

There are four years of seminars, each year divided into two 15 week semesters. The course of study at ICP encourages candidate independence, along with responsibility to master a core body of psychoanalytic knowledge.


The ICP curriculum is derived from its guiding principles: a critical consideration of the diverse theory and practice of contemporary psychoanalysis combined with respect for the academic freedom of candidates and members. The course of study should lead to informed and independent thinking; we instill a learning process that will continue long after graduation. The curriculum gives candidates considerable freedom to choose among seminars: half the course offerings are case conferences and electives. In addition, candidates are encouraged to propose their own electives and to engage in independent study. The Institute will expect that candidates demonstrate clinical skill and understanding of basic psychoanalytic principles through their performance in supervision, written case reports, and seminars.

Continuing Education Credit

ICP required core courses, are approved for Category 1 Continuing Education Credit by the following:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency.

ICP maintains responsibility for all programs and content thereof.

Weekend Psychoanalytic Training Program

Courses are taught one weekend per month, six months per year. Courses are equivalent to the weekly psychoanalytic training program. All other requirements are the same as for the weekly program except that part-time enrollment is not available.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement


No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency.


Special Accommodations: Please submit any requests for special accommodations to the ICP Office one month prior to the first class.

Grievances: All grievances may be filed with the ICP Office.

The ICP office can be contacted at (310) 207-8441 or [email protected].


A. The student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a full refund of all tuition paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. You may cancel this enrollment agreement and obtain a refund by providing written notice to The President(s), ICP, 10780 Santa Monica Blvd.,Suite 350, Los Angeles, California 90025-4720, by the following date: See refund policy below.
B. REFUND POLICY Students who withdraw by the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later, will be refunded all tuition paid. After the first week of class, but before 60%of the course is completed, tuition earned by the Institute will be calculated on a prorated basis. After 60% of the course is completed, there is no refund. If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds. A definition of the enrollment period at ICP is that each semester or session is a separate enrollment/contract for the candidate and the total of all the enrollment agreements (contracts) equal the total courses and units necessary to meet all course requirements for the degree. Refund of Tuition Refunds are processed only upon written notice or discontinuance and application for a withdrawal and refund process has been processed. The refund amount is calculated by using the refund formula above and takes approximately 30 days to process as in accordance with California Education Codes. Refund Explanation The prorated amount is calculated as follows: The tuition fee is divided by the total weeks of the enrollment period, and this quotient is the weekly program charge. In order to get the amount of tuition owed to ICP the weekly program charge is by the weeks the student attended the program. Refund Example If the enrollment agreement is for 4 units the agreement will equal 52.5 clock hours. If the candidate withdraws and has only completed 20 hours of the 52.5 hours of the agreement, the candidate has 32.5 remaining hours on this agreement and it is considered a pro-rated refund. Here is how the calculation of this student’s refund would work: In order to get to the refund amount you take the semester tuition fee of $1,500.00 and divide this amount by the 52.5 hours the candidate enrolled to attend on this agreement. This amount which is $28.58 is the per hour charge, you must now multiply this figure of $28.50 by the 20 hours that the candidate attended on this agreement. This is the amount the candidate owes the college for their attendance. The amount in this example is $571.60, if the candidate had paid the institute $1,500.00 on this enrollment agreement, their refund would be $928.40.
C. Effect of Refund on Promissory Notes: If the ICP is the holder of any promissory note(s) from the student, the ICP shall adjust any promissory note(s) to reflect the new total owing to the ICP. However, both student and ICP agree that the terms and conditions of any promissory note(s) shall remain unchanged, unless the refund causes the entire amount of the promissory note(s) to be refunded, in which case the promissory note(s) shall be discharged.