Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT)

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

Next class start date is planned for June 2023.


If you are interested in joining the next IIPT class, please contact our admissions committee.

If you haven’t completed the Infant Observation pre-requisite, you should consider applying to the Sept 2022-June 2023 course. Learn more on our Infant Observation page.

IIPT Overview

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 training 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 in consultation with a consulting analyst for 80 hours each)

One case for 1 year  (170 hours analytic session hours with a consulting analyst for 40 hours)

Total  – 200 hours of consultation

Program Faculty

Becky Bailey, PhD
Teaching Faculty

Nancy Bakalar, MD
Chair Faculty Development Committee, Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Sharon Blum, PhD
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Ira Brenner, MD
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Monica de Castro Ph.D
Teaching Faculty

Sue Cebulko, PhD
Co-Chair, IIPT, Teaching Faculty

Douglas Dennett, MD
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Sharon Dennett, MSW
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Pat Hedegard, PhD
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Linda Hopkins
Teaching Faculty

Earl Hopper
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Nasir Ilahi, LP
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Ted Jacobs, MD
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Otto Kernberg, MD
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

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

Hanni Mann-Shalvi Ph.D
Adjunct Teaching Faculty

Karen Mohatt, PsyD
Candidate Progression Committee Chair, Teaching Faculty

Mary Kay O'Neil, MD
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Daniel Prezant, Ph.D
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Michele Reed, Ph.D.
Teaching Faculty

Robert Rovner, PhD
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Judy Rovner, MSW
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Colleen Sandor, PhD
Co-Chair, IIPT, Teaching Faculty

Lynda Scalf-McIver, PhD
Teaching Faculty

Jill Scharff, MD
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

David Scharff, MD
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Caroline Sehon, MD
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Lea Setton, PhD
Consulting Analysts Committee Chair, Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Anne Taylor, MSW
Teaching Faculty

Stanley Tsigounis, PhD
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Virginia Ungar, MD
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Yolanda de Varela, PhD
Consulting Analyst, Teaching Faculty

Richard Waugaman, Ph.D
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

Janine Wanlass, PhD
Teaching Faculty

Richard Zeitner, PhD
Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

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.

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

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: 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, 6917 Arlington Road, Suite 204, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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:


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 #SW-0299.

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.