Fellowship Program

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About the Program

The CCP Fellowship Program is designed for individuals of any background who wish to deepen their understanding of psychoanalytic theory and practice. It is tailored to meet the different developmental levels of individuals who are interested in beginning – as well as furthering – their psychoanalytic experience and is relevant for both practicing clinicians and graduate and post-graduate students. The Fellowship Program is informal and supportive, and includes individual mentoring, small group monthly discussions, and public lectures.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from practicing clinicians and graduate or postgraduate students in clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, as well as other persons interested in learning more about psychoanalysis.

Each fellow meets monthly throughout the academic year with an assigned mentor to discuss readings, clinical material and other topics of interest. Fellows come together in small groups 8-10 times per year. Group meetings generally take place on Sundays and are held in the office or home of the group leader.

All fellows join CCP candidates and the interested public to hear lectures given by visiting and local faculty through CCP’s Fridays@CCP and Sundays@CCP. The Friday evening series features outstanding psychoanalysts (from across the US and abroad) who are invited to teach CCP candidates enrolled in our Training Program in Psychoanalysis or to present related ideas of interest to the analytic community.

The Sunday mid-day series provides a forum for individual presentations covering a range of topics of interest to the greater psychoanalytic community of Chicago. Participation in all three areas of the program is essential. For more information about these events, visit our Lecture Series page.

What does it cost?

Upon acceptance, fellows must become CCP Members. The annual membership fee for Fellows is $100 and includes admission to all CCP events and a 10% reduction in fees for study groups under the auspices of CCP. There are no charges for the fellowship program.

What is the application process?

Applicants should submit:

  1. Current CV
  2. 2 letters of recommendation written by a teacher or supervisor
  3. Personal statement of interest in psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic theory and therapy (1-3 pages)
  4. Personal Information Form (Click here to complete)

Email all materials (except Personal Information Form) to applyfellowship@ccpsa.org

When are applications due?

Applications for the 2017-18 Fellowship Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis will be accepted beginning April 1, 2017, and must be received by July 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be announced upon completion of the application review.

Fellows will receive program details, including the names of mentors and small group assignments, before the end of August.

Ongoing Fellowship opportunities

Ongoing Fellows may choose any or all of the following: continuing individual mentorship, advanced small group participation, and participation in Fridays@CCP Lecture Series. There is no application required for participation, but Ongoing Fellows must re-join CCP each year, paying the Fellowship membership fee of $100. This membership also includes admission to CCP events (Fridays and Sundays@CCP). Ongoing Fellows are invited to continue according to their individual desires and needs.

To reserve your space as an Ongoing Fellow, please submit the Ongoing Fellowship Personal Information form (Click here to complete). For questions, please contact Fellowship Committee Chair, Julia Brown (jbrown@ccpsa.org)

Mentorship Opportunities

Psychoanalytic knowledge has a long oral tradition. Historically transferred from generation to generation, be it through a formal psychoanalysis or through close supervision during psychoanalytic training, this way of learning has always proved to bring inspiration to the more formal aspects of a clinical education.

Our CCP mentors, supervisors and consultants are part of this proud tradition. We are excited and pleased to be able to match each of our 75 fellows with an individual mentor, an exceptional opportunity for both fellow and mentor.

CCP mentors are Clinical Associate Faculty with CCP. They are experienced, psychodynamically-oriented clinicians who agree to meet with individual fellows for a minimum of nine sessions over the course of an academic year, although in many cases, by mutual agreement, meetings are more frequent. Insofar as possible, mentors are matched with fellows according to the professional interests of each – for example, if a fellow works or wishes to work with children, we do what we can to identify a child or family therapist. fellow and mentor are free to choose a time and place convenient to both for their meetings.

Mentors engage fellows as their inclinations guide them and the fellows’ needs suggest. Sometimes that means doing close consultation around particular cases. At other times, the pair may choose to embark on projects of mutual learning. Or sessions may center on professional dilemmas, such as the difficulties young clinicians encounter in furthering their developing identity as a psychoanalytically-inclined therapist while they train in settings which are devoted to short-term therapy.

The mentoring experience enriches both fellow and mentor. Fellows cherish the opportunity to meet in an intimate setting with an experienced clinician, whereas the more senior clinician has the unparalleled opportunity to become a formative influence in that fellow’s professional development.

Nancy and Natasha Testimonials

Questions?

For further information or questions about the Fellowship Program, the Ongoing Fellowship, or the application process for 2017-18, please contact Fellowship Committee Chair, Julia Brown (jbrown@ccpsa.org)