Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT)

A distance learning psychoanalytic training program

Program Overview

International Institute Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT) at International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) offers a four-year (minimum) psychoanalytic training program. The analytic training operates within and augments the existing learning matrix of IPI.

Training includes weekly seminars, clinical case presentations, IPI weekend conferences, IIPT summer institutes, and small group affective learning.

This program can be completed entirely online via secure Zoom. Periodic onsite attendance will be available when IPI meets onsite for those who elect to travel.

Our next class is planned for June 2027.

Thank you to all who have applied to our psychoanalytic training program.

Recruitment will open again in 2026.

Program Chair

Jane Garbose, MA, LADC

Why choose analytic training at the IIPT?

Unique Aspects:

  • Utilizes the Group Affective Model of training within a small group
  • IIPT faculty study the process of teaching and learning, and provide evolving educational experiences
  • IIPT Supervising Analysts complete an extensive, 17-month supervision training to qualify
  • Supervision is available in English and Spanish
  • Access to adjunct analysts from around the world
  • Candidates have the right to choose one’s own analyst, if eligible, in any state or country. Analysts must meet IIPT standards for approval to analyze candidates (5 years post graduate from an accredited or APsaA or IPA approved psychoanalytic institute. Approval review by IIPT Supervising Analysts)
  • All analytic candidates complete an Infant Observation training
  • Membership in a community of psychoanalytic therapists and scholars
  • Free attendance at our Master Speaker Series videoconference, Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy videoconference, and our Special Topics lectures.

Past Candidate Endorsements

What IIPT candidates have said about analytic training at IIPT…

“It saturated my mind and experience—it really took over my life and thinking for three years—and from that place, I felt a depth and breadth of learning from experience that I had not had before.”

“It has changed my life, and it has changed my patients’ lives. Other people knew it before me.”

“I waited ten years for this institute to form because I wanted analytic training to be the kind of challenge that it turned out to be–not just a cookie cutter academic formula, but the chance to truly stretch and grow as a professional and a person.”

Theoretical Orientation and Focus

The aim of the IIPT is to provide candidates with an in-depth process of analytic exploration as applied to personal growth, professional development, clinical practice, and teaching and writing so that they can join the community of scholars and make contributions to the field of psychoanalysis.  This course of study attempts to show the progress of psychoanalysis from a classical approach begun in the late 19th Century, to its current state of diversity in the 21st Century.  The Institute provides a basis for understanding the foundations of psychoanalytic concepts in relation to contemporary object relations and other approaches and creates opportunities for in-depth exposure in chosen areas.  The focus is on the analytic pair of analyst and analysand.  This focus is embedded in the IPI commitment to respect all the modalities of psychotherapy, form the practice of which psychoanalysis can learn more about the person and the unconscious, and to which the in-depth studies of the analytic pair can contribute insight.  The psychoanalysis that we teach is enriched by experience with, and understanding of, the unconscious dynamics of families, groups, and organizations.

Analytic Training Program Components


  • 1 year of an Infant Observation seminar
  • A minimum of 30 hours training in couple, family, and/or child therapy at IPI

*Please note:  The cost for pre/co-requisite courses is not included in the IIPT tuition


Together the curricula amount to approximately 600 credit hours of instruction over a minimum of 4 years of formal lectures, reading seminars, technique and process seminars, case discussion groups, clinical case presentations, 5-day summer institutes, weekend conferences, small affective learning groups.

  • 16 IPI weekends (4 per year over a minimum of 4 years)
  • 4 week long summer institutes (1 each June over a minimum of 4 years)
  • A weekly Zoom seminar in analytic theory and technique on Tuesdays (time TBD), September-June during each of the four years

IPI weekends and IIPT summer institutes will have onsite attendance options when possible for those who wish to travel

Case Work

3 training analyses of analysands treated 4-5 times a week, on the couch (unless clinically contra-indicated), to be determined privately between the Supervising Analyst and candidate.

Two cases for 2 years (340 analytic session hours in consultation with a Supervising Analyst for 80 hours each)

One case for 1 year (170 hours analytic session hours with a Supervising Analyst for 40 hours)

Total – 200 hours of supervision

Graduation Requirements

Candidates must show mastery of all program components before graduating. Those who require more time to meet requirements will develop an individual program of study in conjunction with IIPT faculty.

Program Faculty

Nancy Bakalar, MD
Adjunct Faculty

Sharon Blum, PhD
Adjunct Faculty

Ira Brenner, MD
Adjunct Faculty

Monica de Castro Ph.D
Teaching Faculty

Sue Cebulko, PhD
Teaching Faculty

Douglas Dennett, MD
Supervising Analyst, Emeritus Faculty

Sharon Dennett, MSW
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Jane Garbose, MA, LADC
Chair IIPT, Teaching Faculty

Pat Hedegard, PhD
Chair Supervising Analyst Committee, Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Linda Hopkins
Teaching Faculty

Earl Hopper
Adjunct Faculty

Nasir Ilahi, LP
Adjunct Faculty

Ted Jacobs, MD
Adjunct Faculty

Otto Kernberg, MD
Adjunct Faculty

Michelle Kwintner, Ph.D.
Chair Curriculum Committee, Teaching Faculty

Hanni Mann-Shalvi Ph.D
Adjunct Faculty

Karen Mohatt, PsyD
Teaching Faculty, Supervising Analyst

Mary Kay O'Neil, MD
Adjunct Faculty

Daniel Prezant, Ph.D
Adjunct Faculty

Michele Reed, MSW
Teaching Faculty

Matthew Rosa, MD
Teaching Faculty

Robert Rovner, PhD
Supervising Analyst, Emeritus Faculty

Judy Rovner, MSW
Supervising Analyst, Emeritus Faculty

Colleen Sandor, PhD
Teaching Faculty

Lynda Scalf-McIver, PhD
Teaching Faculty

Jill Scharff, MD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

David Scharff, MD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Caroline Sehon, MD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Lea Setton, PhD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Karen Sherwood, MSW
Teaching Faculty

Anne Taylor, MSW
Chair Candidate Progression Committee, Teaching Faculty

Stanley Tsigounis, PhD
Interim Chair Admissions Committee, Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Virginia Ungar, MD
Adjunct Faculty

Yolanda de Varela, PhD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Richard Waugaman, Ph.D
Adjunct Faculty

Janine Wanlass, PhD
Chair Curriculum Committee, Teaching Faculty

Richard Zeitner, PhD
Adjunct Faculty

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Education Credit (towards licensure) will be the sum of credits awarded for the coursework parts of the program*:

  • 16 IPI weekend conferences (4 per year over a minimum of 4 years), approximately 14.5 CEs per weekend
  • 4 week long summer institutes (1 each June over 4 or more years), approximately 28.5 CEs per institute
  • Weekly seminar 1.5 CEs per seminar

*Many candidates do not complete their training requirements within 4 years. In this case, an independent study is developed which might include a combination of weekend conferences, continuous case seminars, and supervision.

Tuition and Fees

Current annual tuition for the coursework is $4,195 (includes annual membership dues in IPI).

Candidates beyond the 4th year will be required to pay the annual IPI membership fee and tuition costs based on the candidates’ individualized educational plan (eg. seminar, case conference).

Please note:  The cost of supervision and personal analysis is additional and not included in tuition.

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:


Application for the program and supporting documents may be submitted to:

Stan Tsigounis, Chair of the Admissions Committee, by email ( or hardcopy via regular mail to The IPI, 6917 Arlington Road, Suite 204, Bethesda, MD 20814, applicants will also receive an upload link by email after submitting the application form.

These documents include:

  • Completed application form
  • Signed Permissions and Guarantee form
  • 2 letters of recommendation from supervisors or other senior colleagues familiar with your clinical work (one from an IPI/IIPT faculty member if possible)
  • copy of your resume or curriculum vitae
  • copy of your diploma in your clinical field
  • copy of your license(s) to practice
  • copy of your malpractice insurance coverage (if applicable)
  • $50 application fee

Sexual Harassment Policy

IIPT does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or age.

Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

Stan Tsigounis, PhD -


We welcome your feedback, comments and complaints. Please click on the COMMENTS below to send feedback to the Chair of IIPT. We hope that you will identify yourself so we can contact you to discuss your feedback and complaints but anonymous feedback and complaints are also accepted and reviewed.


Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits.
HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]
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Continuing Education Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0299.
Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.

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