Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT)

Four-year psychoanalytic training program, online and in-person including seminars, case presentations, group affective learning.

Includes both in-person and distance learning components.

International Institute Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT) at IPI offers a four-year, psychoanalytic training program designed especially for those clinicians without access to local analytic training. The analytic training operates within and augments the existing learning matrix of IPI.

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.”

Unique Aspects

  • 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 SA’s);
  • A program for students in remote locations;
  • The Group Affective Model of training;
  • Faculty who study the process of teaching and learning.

Program Chair

Colleen Sandor Ph.D. and Sue Cebulko Ph.D.

Program Components

Together the curricula amount to approximately 600 credit hours of instruction over 4 years of formal lectures, reading seminars, technique and process seminars/case discussion groups, videotape case presentations, infant observation, in-residence summer institutes, weekend modules, effective learning groups, feedback, and review.

  • 16 in-person weekends (4 per year over 4 years)
  • 4 in-person week-long summer conferences (1 per year over 4 years)
  • A weekly phone seminar in analytic theory and technique on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 pm EST, September-June during each of the four years
  • 1 year of an infant observation seminar*
  • 30 hours of training in couple, child and family therapy at IPI*

*The infant seminar and family component are required and may be taken as prerequisites before acceptance to the training.

Course Requirements

Requirements for Graduation

3 supervised analyses of analysands treated 4 -5 times a week, on the couch (unless clinically contra-indicated)

Two cases for 2 years (340 analytic session hours each supervised for 80 hours)

One case for 1 year  (170 hours analytic session hours supervised for 40 hours)

Total  – 200 hours of supervision

Program Faculty

Becky Bailey, PhD
Teaching Faculty

Nancy Bakalar, MD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Sharon Blum, PhD
Adjunct Supervisor

Ira Brenner, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Sue Cebulko, PhD
Curriculum Committee Chair, Teaching Faculty

Douglas Dennett, MD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Sharon Dennett, MSW
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

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

Max Hernandez, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Nasir Ilahi, LP
Adjunct Supervisor

Daniel Jacobs, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Ted Jacobs, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Otto Kernberg, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Roberto Losso, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Karen Mohatt, PsyD
Candidate Progression Committee Chair, Teaching Faculty

Mary Kay O'Neil, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Tomas Plaenkers, PhD
Adjunct Supervisor

Robert Rovner, PhD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Judy Rovner, MSW
Supervising Analyst, Teaching 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 Analysts Committee Chair, Teaching Faculty

Imre Szecsödy, MD, PhD
Adjunct Supervisor

Anne Taylor, MSW
Teaching Faculty

Stanley Tsigounis, PhD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Virginia Ungar, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Yolanda de Varela, PhD
Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Felix Velasco, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Vamik Volkan, MD
Adjunct Supervisor

Janine Wanlass, PhD
Admissions Committee Chair, Teaching Faculty

Richard Zeitner, PhD
Adjunct Supervisor

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Education Credit will be the sum of credits awarded for the component parts of the program:

  • 16 in-person weekends (4 per year over 4 years), approximately 14.5 CEs per weekend
  • 4 in-person 5-day summer institutes (1 per year over 4 years), approximately 28.5 CEs per institute
  • 1 year of an infant observation seminar, approximately 40 CE credits

CE credit is not granted for the weekly seminar meetings.

Tuition and Fees

Current annual tuition is $4,195. Additional fees apply for the Infant Observation Seminar if taken.

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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Application for the program and supporting documents may be submitted to Janine Wanlass, Ph.D., Chair of the Admissions Committee, through the IPI office, c/o Anna Innes by email ( or hardcopy via regular mail to The IPI, Attn: Anna Innes, 6612 Kennedy Drive, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815.

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 must be from an IPI faculty member)
  • copy of your resume or curriculum vitae
  • copy of your diploma in your clinical field
  • copy of your state license 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:

Janine Wanlass, 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.


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 an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. 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.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.