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Both the LQP and Licensed tracks offer an eclectic curriculum with concentrated modules in various areas of psychoanalysis. The program’s cultural and social reach is significantly expanded with regards to curriculum, faculty, supervisors and candidates. Low fee supervision with veteran analysts is offered, and both individual and small groups are available.

Psychoanalytic Program

ICP’s esteemed Four-Year Psychoanalytic Program was established in 1973 and provides candidates an opportunity to develop the psychoanalytic skill and competence to treat a diverse adult population. Candidates will engage in an intensive study of a wide range of contemporary, cutting edge and historically relevant theories of treatment; concentrated weekly individual and group supervision; clinical work with patients; and a personal analysis. Since the clinical services of the Institute provide psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for over 600 patients per week, candidates have a ready and varied population from which to gain clinical experience in treatment. The Program leads to a Certificate in Psychoanalysis and fulfills the LQP requirements to sit for the New York State License in Psychoanalysis exam.

Academic Calendar

The Psychoanalytic Training Program is a four-year program of study consisting of three 10-week trimesters during each consecutive year. Classes meet every Wednesday from 12:00 – 5:45pm.

The curriculum is designed to begin with basic areas of learning and progress to more complex and varied aspects of theory and clinical practice including clinical application of theoretical perspectives and current trends in psychoanalysis. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class are integrated into individual classes

Three kinds of courses are offered:

  • The theoretical courses cover a range of perspectives, beginning with an introduction to psychoanalytic approaches followed by historical and contemporary reviews of Freudian theory, object relations, self-psychology, interpersonal, and relational perspectives.
  • The courses on Clinical Theory focus on therapeutic action through a variety of theoretical lenses. Case examples provide opportunities to examine applications of clinical theories in our work.
  • Case seminars are also offered one or more times a year to focus on the practicum level of clinical work and aim at fine tuning the application of clinical ideas.

Eligibility/Program Requirements

  • Physicians who have completed at least two years of psychiatric residency
  • Psychologists with a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. who are licensed or eligible for licensure
  • Social Workers with licensure (L.C.S.W.) or are eligible for licensure (L.M.S.W.) in New York State
  • Licensed Nurses with an M.A. or M.S. in psychiatric nursing
  • Licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and creative arts therapists who have appropriate clinical experience
  • Applicants interested in a LQP (License Qualifying Program) for the New York State License in Psychoanalysis (LP) who have a Master’s Degree (not necessarily mental health related) which is recognized by the State of New York

Tuition and Expenses/Fees

  • Check back for 2024/25 Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition is subject to change annually.
  • The tuition covers course work and group supervision. Candidates are responsible for their own personal therapy and individual supervision fees.
  • Please note that expenses for training directly related to one’s profession may be considered a tax-deductible expense.

Graduation Requirements

ICP’s Psychoanalytic Program offers three tracks:

  • Standard Institute Track
    The Standard Institute track is for applicants who are licensed or are eligible for licensure. This track requires candidates to carry a minimum of 6 ICP clinic referred patients during each year of training.
  • Combined Institute and Outside Caseload Track (4+2 track)
    The requirements for this track have changed as of September 2019. This track is for applicants who are licensed or are eligible for licensure and are currently working with patients elsewhere. The track allows candidates to carry a caseload comprised of a maximum of 2 private or agency-based patients along with a minimum of 4 ICP clinic referred patients during each year of training.
    (Note: Candidates choosing this track must obtain approval for each agency or private patient. Only licensed candidates can carry private patients as part of their caseload.)
    NB: Even though the total patient hours required for graduation is 950 hours, candidates can see as many private or agency patients outside of the training program, as their license permits.
  • LQP Track: License Qualifying Program
    Successful completion of the New York State requirements qualifies LP candidates to sit for the New York State Licensed Psychoanalyst examination. This permits LP graduates to practice psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in New York State. Please refer to the New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions website for further information.

All Candidates are required to see one analytic control case 3 or more times per week for two years (240 sessions). For licensed candidates in the 4+2 track, the control case can be chosen from the candidate’s private practice, with supervisory approval that the case is appropriate.

  • Attendance:
    Candidates are expected to attend all classes over the course of the four years of training. For didactic courses and supervision, the attendance policy will be stated in the syllabus.

  • Case Requirements:
    • Patient Hours: All Candidates are required to complete 950 patient hours.
    • Control Case: Candidates are required to see one control case in psychoanalytic treatment for 3 or more times per week for two years (a minimum of 240 sessions).
  • Personal Analysis:
    The Candidate shall be in continuous treatment throughout training at a minimum frequency of 2x week. The Candidate is required to be in 3x/week analysis for at least two years.
  • Evaluation:
    • Case Presentation: in the 4th year on control case
    • Supervisor Evaluation: Satisfactory evaluations from all supervisors

Scholarships and Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available. For more information, please contact our Program Manager at

For more information about scholarships and tuition assistance, please click here.

Program Structure

A. Curriculum

First Year

First Trimester:
  • Psychoanalytic Theory (Ann Roberts)
  • CASE SEMINAR: Initial Phase of Treatment (Rhonda Sternberg)
  • DEVELOPMENT I Infancy - Latency (Anthony Cianci)
Second Trimester:
  • FREUD I (Ed Mandelbaum)
  • THE RELATIONAL STANCE (Holly Levenkron)
  • CASE SEMINAR: Therapeutic Action (Alan Sirote)
Third Trimester:
  • FREUD II (Jonathan Eger)
  • Case Seminar in Diagnosis (Panthea Saidipour)

Second Year

First Trimester:
  • SELF PSYCHOLOGY I (Ashley Warner)
  • CASE SEMINAR: On the Nature of Therapeutic Action (Jim Stoeri)
Second Trimester:
  • WINNICOTT - Object Relation II (Tom Rini)
  • SELF PSYCHOLOGY II (George Hagman)

Third Trimester:

  • CASE SEMINAR: The Frame in Social Context (Patricia Clough)

Third Year

First Trimester:

  • DREAMS (Robert Watson)
  • MELANIE KLEIN (Ilana Attie)

Second Trimester:

  • INTRODUCTION TO BION: On Primitive Mind and the Limits of Psychoanalytic Knowing (James Ogilvie and Masha Yaglom)

Third Trimester:

  • THE BROMBERG VARIATIONS: On Trauma, Dissociation, and the State(s) of the Self (Lynn Egan)
  • ENACTMENT (Leah Lipton)
  • TRAUMA (Jeffrey Barba)

Fourth Year

Fourth Year / First Trimester:
  • LACAN (Cyrus Poliakoff)
  • THE PSYCHE AND THE SOCIAL (Patricia Clough)
  • SEMINAR: Practice & Theory (Soshana Ringel)
Second Trimester:
  • LAPLANCHE - 5 weeks (Katharina Rothe)
  • PSYCHOANALYSIS IN CONTEXT: A History of Ideas - 5 Weeks (Shelley Heuser)
  • TSEX AND GENDER (Gary Jacobson)
Third Trimester:
  • SEMINAR: The Problem of Technique (Richard Loewus)
View our Roster of Faculty here.

B. Clinical Work

In learning the art and practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, supervised clinical experience is at the core of training. The number of patients, the hours for a control case and the hours of required supervision, along with being in a two and three times a week personal analysis are all designed to maximize the candidate’s development as a psychoanalyst.
In assigning patients, the ICP Intake committee provides a diverse diagnostic caseload, taking into account the experience and training needs of each candidate.

In the beginning weeks of the first year of training, the Co-Chairs of the Intake Committee meet with the entering class. First year candidates are also encouraged to meet individually with the Intake Committee so that referrals can come with more personal knowledge about the candidate.

C. Supervision

Individual and group supervision are integral components of the training program. Group supervision is part of the required curriculum schedule and is included with tuition. Four groups, each led by highly trained and experienced group supervisors, include a mix of candidates from each of the four years.

Candidates are required to be in twice weekly individual supervision throughout training for a total of 80 hours per year. Candidates are assigned a supervisor for their first year and can subsequently select from our roster of individual supervisors, who are all highly trained analysts. Candidates can review written statements describing each supervisor’s philosophy and orientation, and also can arrange preliminary meetings prior to selection.

The following outlines the individual supervisory requirements for candidates:

  • In their 1st year, candidates see one assigned supervisor twice weekly.
  • During the remaining 3 years, candidates see two supervisors for one hour each, for a total of 80 hours of supervision for the year. LP candidates must also work with one supervisor for 100 hours. (For more information, see Graduation section).
  • Candidates can opt to continue with a supervisor for a maximum of 80 hours (2 years).
  • If a Candidate has more than 12 patients, a 3rd supervisor is required.

View our Roster of Supervisors here.

D. Personal Analysis

A personal psychoanalysis is central to a candidate’s development of self-awareness and analytic introspection. This experience is essential to the candidate’s clinical work with a 3 times weekly control case.

Once accepted to the program, the candidate may choose an analyst trained at ICP or another institute that meets ICP’s eligibility requirements. If the candidate is already in analysis, the candidate may continue with the analyst if the analyst meets ICP’s eligibility requirements.

Candidates are required to be in 2 or 3 times weekly treatment throughout training. Three times per week analytic frequency is required while working with a control case. The minimum number of hours ICP required for a candidate’s analysis is 240.

A candidate’s analyst is excluded from all administrative decisions regarding the candidate to ensure the ongoing work of the analysis.

E. Graduation & Alumni Affiliation

Upon graduation, 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. The following are the requirements for graduation:
  • All candidates must have accumulated a minimum of 950 patient hours.
  • All candidates must have met the requirement for seeing a control case, 3 times weekly for two years (240 hours).
  • All candidates will have completed the supervisory requirement of 80 hours during each year of training (320 total).
  • LP candidates will have completed the additional supervisory requirements needed by New York State. The LP Candidate will see one (non-control case) supervisor for a total of 100 hours and one (control) supervisor for a total of 50 hours. (New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions website)
  • Candidates will have attended all classes for 4 years, have successfully completed their Fourth Year final papers and will have been in personal analysis in compliance with the requirements.
After graduation, there are many opportunities to remain affiliated with the psychoanalytic program and the ICP community. For those alumni who continue with ICP patients, low-cost supervision with any of our supervisors is available at the rate of $50 for the fifth year and $60 for the sixth year.

Alumni can continue to be members of The Society of ICP (SICP). SICP sponsors yearly weekend conferences that offer stimulating workshops and talks, along with time for socializing. SICP also sponsors a lecture series throughout the year, which has included notable figures in the field. As a member, you can become directly involved in the SICP planning group.

In addition, the Psychoanalytic Program sponsors presentations and conferences throughout the year. The 2018 selection included Adam Phillips discussing The “Magic of Winnicott” and a conference on “Co-constructing Silence, Co-constructing Voice. Inside and Outside the Treatment Room.”

Additionally, there are opportunities for alumni to join committees in many areas of the analytic training program.

F. Private Practice Referral

ICP has a private practice referral system designed to help candidates and graduates to build their practice. The referral schedule allows licensed candidates to take one patient from their caseload in the beginning of the 3rd year and another one at the beginning of their 4th year of training; and upon graduation they can gradually move their ICP patients into their private practice. For more details, see candidate manual.

Application Process

For the application to be complete, please provide:
  • A completed application with a $75 application fee, which can be paid using the button below.
  • A current resume.
  • A personal statement (1 – 2 pages) expressing your interest in the program.
  • Three letters of reference from people familiar with the applicant’s clinical work, based on the enclosed Letter of Reference forms, which are to be sent to each reference. LP applicants should send letters of reference from professional/collegial sources that would best represent their aptitude for psychoanalytic training.
  • Your official graduate-school transcript.
  • A form filled out by your current therapist, indicating her/his/their credentials. Your therapist must be approved by the Training Committee and must be a graduate of a recognized training program in psychoanalysis, and have been graduated 5 or more years ago.
Note: Applicants are interviewed by two Training Committee members. On occasion, a third interview is required.

Once we have your completed application and at least two of your references, we can schedule your interviews.  Please complete and return your application via email as early as possible.


Jeffrey Barba, LCSW
Luc Oliver Charlap, PhD, LCSW-R
Patricia Clough, PhD, LP
Anthony Cianci, LCSW
Edward Corrigan, PhD
Lynn Egan, PsyD
Marilynn Elias, LCSW-R
Jonathan Egar, PsyD
Mark Gerald, PhD
George Hagman, LCSW-Rs
Katie Hall, LCSW-R
Shelley Heuser, LCSW
Gary Jacobson, LCSW
Brian Koehler, PhD
Holly Levenkron, LCSW-R, LICSW
Katherine Leddick,
Leah Lipton, LCSW
Rickard Loewus, PhD
Ed Mandelbaum, LCSW
Kathleen Miller, LCSW
James Ogilvie, PhD
Shoshana Ringel, PhD
Katharina Rothe, LP
Thomas Rini, LMHC
Ann Roberts, LCSW-R
Panthea Saidipour, LCSW-R
Pascal Sauvayre, PhD
Alan Sirote, LCSW-R
Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff, LCSW
James Stoeri, PhD
Rhonda Sternberg, PhD
Robert Watson Jr., PhD
Ashley Warner, LCSW
Masha Yaglom, LCSW-R
Stefan Zicht, PsyD

ICP Supervisors

All ICP supervisors are graduates of an established psychoanalytic Institute. Many supervisors are also instructors in the analytic training program and have a long-term commitment to ICP. When choosing a supervisor, candidates are provided with a written summary of each supervisor’s clinical and theoretical orientation, as well as their approach to supervision. Not all supervisors are available every year.
Christopher Bandini, LCSW
Silvia Birklein, PhD
Bruce Berman, PhD
Annabella Bushra, PhD
Patricia Clough, LP, PhD
Luc Olivier Charlap, PhD
Ed Corrigan, PhD
Jenna Davino, LCSW
Alissa Davis, LCSW
Johanna Dobrich, LCSW
Priti Doshi, LP
Leslie Goldstein, LCSW-R
Andrew Goodman, LCSW
Katie Hall, LCSW-R
Patricia Hecht, PhD
Mara Heiman, LCSW
Leslie Hendelman, LCSW
Anita Herron, PhD
Rachel Kabasakalian-McKay,
Gary Jacobson, LCSW
Frances LaBarre, PhD
Holly Levenkron, LCSW-R, LICSW
Diane Lopez, LCSW
Mary Anne Lowell, LCSW
Barry Magid, MD
Yamille Mason, LCAT
Mark Mellinger, PhD
Erin O’Mara, LCSW-R
Louis Pansulla, LCSW
Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff, LCSW
Gordon Powell, LCSW
Ann Roberts, LCSW
Marty Rock, PhD
Susan Rose, PhD
Karen Roser, PsyD
Katharina Rothe, LP
Ricardo Rieppi, PhD
Panthea Saidipour, LCSW-R
Deborah Sherman, LMHC
Michelle Shubin, LCSW, BCD
Alan Sirote, LCSW
Michelle Stephens, PhD, LP
Rhonda Sternberg, PhD
James Stoeri, PhD
Stephanie Vanden Bos, LCSW
Ashley Warner, LCSW
Joan Weiner, LCSW
Robin Young, PhD
Eli Zal, LCSW
Masha Yaglom, LCSW-R
Stefan Zicht, LP
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