Extension Classes: Foundations Of Psychoanalytic Theory

All Foundations Classes Will Be Held on Zoom for Class Year 2022-2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022

Classes meet on the third Saturday of each
month (with some exceptions) from 11:00 – 1:00 for 10 months.

The first class begins on September 10, 2022.
Single classes are not offered through this program.


About the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Foundations Program offers classes in contemporary psychoanalysis to both licensed therapists and pre-licensed mental health professionals. Foundation Program participants receive an extensive
introduction to both contemporary and classical analytic theory. In addition, all courses are taught by ICP members and candidates in a way that promotes active exploration of the application of psychoanalytic concepts in the clinical setting.

Program Overview

The one-year Foundations Program provides the student with the basic concepts of analytic theory and technique. The program presents a survey of historical models, along with an introduction to contemporary analytic thinking. The classes focus on core
psychoanalytic concepts and their basic application to clinical practice. Foundations courses are taught by notable ICP faculty and are open to students and clinicians at all levels of experience. The Foundations Program can be taken as a stand-alone course of study, and it can also serve as an educational platform for advancement into higher levels of psychoanalytic training in the 4-Year Candidate Psychoanalytic Training.

Foundations Program Schedule 2022-2023

September 10: History of Psychoanalysis
Instructor: Carol Mayhew, PhD
October 15: Freud
Instructor: Cheryl Goldstein, PhD
November 19: Lacan
Instructor: Jim Sturgis, PhD
December 10: Object Relations
Instructor: Nicole Nelson, LMFT, PsyD

January 21: Self Psychology
Instructor: Estelle Shane, PhD
February 11: Relational Psychoanalysis
Instructor: Robyn Sewitz, LCSW, PsyD
March 11: Intersubjective Systems Theory
Instructor: Penelope Starr-Karlin, PsyD, LMFT 
April 15: Infant/Toddler Research
Instructor: Helen Ziskind, LCSW, PsyD
May 20: Attachment/Mentalization
Instructor: Sue Mendenhall, LCSW, PsyD
June 17: Trauma
Instructor: Robin Cohen, PhD

For questions or more information please contact Dr. Marsha Tilles, the Foundations Program Director, at:  [email protected]. Or contact the ICP office at: 310-207-8441 or [email protected].

To apply for the Foundations Program, please complete the following online registration.


Please note: Class size is limited to 16 participants
$700 Licensed Mental Health Professionals
$600 Pre-licensed Mental Health Professionals/Academics
$25 Non-Refundable ICP Administrative Fee

The cost is for the entire series – Single classes are not offered through this program.



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.

Continuing Education: CE certificates are awarded after each class, and hours awarded are based on attendance. The Foundations Program offers a possible 20 CE credits.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis 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.

Please check our website at https://oldicpsite.nimblweb.com and click on “ICP Policies” for the complete information Continuing Education Attendance, Cancellation/Refund policies and the Grievance Procedure.

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