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a community of different perspectives.

WHO WE ARE STUFF HERE: ICP is a diverse community comprised of members, candidates, students, corresponding members and staff who partner with local and extended communities to provide cutting edge forums for psychoanalytic education and thinking.
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what we do.

We offer cutting edge training in contemporary psychoanalysis. In our complex world, a contemporary form of psychoanalysis is a treatment for emotional discomfort or pain, an avenue for self discovery and personal growth, and a means toward establishing and enhancing relationships with others and the world at large.

  • Academic Programs (training on psychoanalysis)

  • Conferences to general scientific, professional and general public

  • In-house forum to which the entire ICP community can participate

why we do it.

  • Academic Programs (training on psychoanalysis)

  • Conferences to general scientific, professional and general public

  • In-house forum to which the entire ICP community can participate

Over 150 Active Members in the ICP Community.

100 Candidates Enrolled in the 4-yr academic training program.

Over 50 Domestic and International Corresponding Members whose scholarship in psychoanalysis is recognized throughout the world.

The ICP is a success. Our success grows from a combination of two factors: a commitment to evolving psychoanalytic theory, and the reasonableness and progressivism of our members. These two factors combine to provide simple and compelling results – advancing psychoanalysis and providing better therapy for patients.

– David Markel, M.D., ICP Founding Member

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Our Vision

At its formation in 1991, ICP embraced the founding members’ philosophy that a vital and inclusive analytic Institute should comprise the tenets of academic freedom, participatory democracy and the diversity of contemporary theory.  ICP strives to maintain these values as we develop not only as a school with walls, but an influence beyond those walls with a local, national and international presence.  We embrace the value of diversity and seek always to enhance it. Academically, we maintain our uniqueness by remaining innovative and continually open to the development and dissemination of contemporary psychoanalytic concepts. The diversity and participation of our members, candidates, students and community is the cornerstone of our Institute and our future.

In sum, ICP endeavors to monitor the ethical, theoretical and evidence based developments in the practice of mental health care delivery both in the United States and internationally for the benefit of our trainees, members and the larger professional community.

Our Mission

ICP is a diverse community comprised of members, candidates, students, corresponding members and staff who partner with local and extended communities to provide cutting edge forums for psychoanalytic education and thinking. ICP members pay dues and candidates and students pay tuition.  ICP is committed to integrating psychoanalytic psychology with other psychological treatments.

We strive to promote an environment of free inquiry, a sense of community, a culture of diversity, inclusion, invitation, dignity and respect for the therapeutic process.

This is accomplished through the academic curriculum which is updated to coincide with trends in the larger psychological science realm.  As well, training methods are individualized to the needs of diverse trainees. In order to remain current, we rely upon emerging technologies.

An Environment of Free Inquiry

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Participatory Democracy

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Diversity of Contemporary Theory

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Academic Freedom

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what is contemporary psychoanalysis?

psychoanalysis began with the work of Sigmund Freud but has evolved and changed over the years to incorporate the contributions and work of many.

by focusing on the relationship with the analyst, contemporary psychoanalysis creates an intensity of experience that often leads to transformation.

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Psychoanalysis began with the work of Sigmund Freud but has evolved and changed over the years to incorporate the contributions and work of many. In our complex world, a contemporary form of psychoanalysis is a treatment for emotional discomfort or pain, an avenue for self-discovery and personal growth, and a means toward establishing and enhancing relationships with others and the world at large. Contemporary psychoanalysis is an interpersonal experience that emphasizes the healing properties of two or more people collaboratively making sense of life in ways that are meaningful to the client. Unlike traditional psychoanalysis which holds the analyst as an authority regarding what is true about the client, contemporary perspectives emphasize the meaning of the client’s unique and subjective experiences. Based on current psychoanalytic studies plus research in child development, memory, neuro-biology, and culture, contemporary psychoanalysis is an advanced method for making sense of ourselves and the world around us. Today, psychoanalysis is as strikingly different from Freudian analysis as modern physics is from the work of Newton. Psychoanalysis provides a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s life. In contemporary psychoanalytic approaches, the analyst is always participating in the therapeutic situation and, therefore, works to understand the patterns of relating between client and analyst.

By focusing on the relationship with the analyst, contemporary psychoanalysis creates an intensity of experience that often leads to transformation. There are many other psychotherapies, and they vary widely in their purposes, frequency of meetings, and comprehensiveness. Some approaches focus on changing behaviors, others on thought patterns, others on problem-solving, and still others on expressing emotions. Contemporary psychoanalysis potentially incorporates many diverse ideas and approaches depending upon the client’s unique and personal needs. An analyst trained in contemporary psychoanalysis focuses not just on past experiences, but also on the here-and-now of an individual’s experiences and relationships. Attachments, separations, and losses beginning in infancy influence one’s personality, as do current contexts of living, working, and loving. A contemporary psychoanalyst is interested in mutually exploring your past and present experiences and relationships. He or she participates in a dialogue with you to develop understandings about your life. A psychoanalyst is an experienced, licensed mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor, or clinical nurse specialist who has completed advanced training at a psychoanalytic institute. The advanced training consists of three parts: four years of classes in psychoanalytic theory and technique, a personal analysis, and case supervision. Analysts who treat children, adolescents, and families receive further training and case supervision.

our origins

In 1991, twelve senior training analysts in Los Angeles congregated to discuss their respective concerns about the state of contemporary psychoanalysis. In contrast to the climate of the time, they wanted to create an institute that would be self-regulated and not compelled to look to external figures for permission or approval to operate as it saw fit. Their objectives were simple, but also profound. They wanted the institute to remain freestanding, to function as a participatory democracy that actively involved both its members and its candidates in the shaping and evolution of the institute, and to be a place where the entire membership would be charged with assiduously defending the preservation of all psychoanalytic perspectives. In so doing, a key goal was to cultivate a system of open dialogue and pluralistic thought.

Out of their meetings the twelve founding mothers and fathers created the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Founding Members

Louis Breger, Ph.D.. Doryann Lebe, M.D., Herb Linden, M.D., John Lindon, M.D., David Markel, M.D., Richard Rosenstein, M.D., Morton Shane, M.D., Estelle Shane, Ph.D. Robert Stolorow, Ph.D., Norman Tabachnick, M.D., Judith Vida, M.D., and Arnold Wilson, M.D.

the psychoanalysts of tomorrow

ICP has evolved significantly beyond the original vision of the twelve founding members. The Institute has grown to over 150 active members, over 100 candidates enrolled in the 4-yr academic training program, and over 50 domestic and international corresponding members whose scholarship in psychoanalysis is recognized throughout the world. ICP also offers several Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training programs and Extension programs in Los Angeles and at satellite campuses in Pasadena, San Francisco, South Bay (Los Angeles County), Ventura County and San Diego, California. Over 85 students participate annually in these programs.

The hallmark of the Institute’s success has been the ability to consistently draw a large number of qualified candidates eager for training in psychoanalysis. Candidates typically are seasoned therapists, licensed as psychologists, psychiatrists and other physicians, licensed clinical social workers, marriage family and child therapists, or related disciplines such as law, literature and religion. The Institute’s values of pluralism, participatory democracy and academic excellence are realized by granting full voting participation to candidates on all standing committees within the institute. Candidates are represented on the Board of Directors by two voting seats.

In conjunction with the academic programs, ICP offers conferences to the general scientific, professional and general public. Our mission as an institute is to make important educational material available to the larger public who provide professional services to a vast array of patients. Thus, the atmosphere we attempt to provide is one of encouragement not only of new ideas, but of questions in relation to these new ideas, questions that may be posed out of lack of knowledge, or, alternatively, may be posed out of legitimate argument with the ideas proposed. The context in which our conferences are held is one of great respect for the practicing clinician in every field, one that offers strong support for new ideas as well as appreciation for diversity of opinion. These conferences are offered in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pasadena and San Diego.

In addition to the public conferences, the Institute offers an in-house forum to which the entire ICP community, including analytic candidates, psychoanalytic students, and extension division participants, is invited free of charge. At these smaller meetings, topics of particular interest to Members and Candidates in training are presented. This format includes discussion and open questioning of the ideas presented. These meetings are a favorite of the community, offering as they do more ongoing research in a less formal setting.