Fellowship Program

"I've grown and benefited in countless ways from my experience as a CCP fellow: The things I've learned, the people I've met, the discussions we've had, have been enriching and exciting and sustaining.  But I think likely none of that matches the ways this fellowship has benefited my clients, as I've learned to listen and attend more closely, to understand with them more deeply.  I'm moved to know that clients all over the Chicago region are receiving more excellent, respectful care because of the CCP Fellowship Program."

Caitlin Spies, LCSW

Therapist and 4th Year Fellow

"Through the Fellows Program, I feel that I'm not only a social work student at my university, but already a colleague with a group of professionals who have demonstrated their personal investment in and dedication to my success as a clinician.  The program has provided real and effective support for growing my clinical abilities."

Peter Pascatore, A.M. Candidate, Class of 2015

School of Social Service Administration

The University of Chicago

“Mentoring allows for a kind of interpersonal generativity that goes beyond my clinical work.  Teaching what I have found matters most, to a young clinician who is in the process of becoming the therapist she wishes to be, has been an unparalleled source of pleasure. Knowing she will take what she finds fitting and share it with her patients and a successive generation of therapists is a source of professional satisfaction to me, precious in its own right.”

Nancy Peltzman, LCSW, Psychoanalyst

CCP Fellowship Committee, Fellowship Group Leader,

Mentor and Consultant

About the Program

The CCP Fellowship Program is designed for all who wish to deepen their knowledge of psychoanalytic theory and practice.  Addressing the needs of clinicians, students and career changers, the Fellowship is tailored to meet the different educational levels of individuals who are interested in beginning – as well as furthering – their psychoanalytic experience. The Fellowship Program is informal and supportive, and includes individual mentoring, small group monthly discussions, and public lectures. 

Who should apply?

Practicing clinicians and graduate or postgraduate students in clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, and related fields, such as early childhood development and the chaplaincy, are encouraged to apply along with career changers entering those fields. Applications may be submitted any time between March 1, 2024 and June 1, 2024. 

Program Offerings

    There are three components to the Fellowship Program: 

    • Each fellow meets monthly throughout the academic year with an assigned mentor to discuss clinical material or readings and other topics of psychodynamic therapy.
    • Fellows come together in small groups 8-10 times per year. Group meetings take place on weekend dates of the leader's choosing.  Local groups will meet in person in 2024-2025 and Fellows who are not local or who are unable to attend groups in person will be in virtual groups.
    • All Fellows join CCP candidates and the interested public to hear lectures given by visiting and local faculty throughout the year through our Fridays@CCP lecture series. These lectures are available by Zoom. The Friday evening series features outstanding psychoanalysts from across the US and abroad who have been invited to teach CCP candidates enrolled in our training program in psychoanalysis or to present related ideas of interest to the CCP analytic community.  Fellows are also invited to our separate lecture series focused on the relevance of psychoanalysis to current issues and dedicated to famed analyst and educator Hedda Bolgar.  CCP members with a clinical license can obtain CE's for attendance at these lectures.

      What does it cost?

      Upon acceptance, Fellows must become CCP members for the 2024-25 academic year.  The membership fee is  $250 and is not due until the beginning of the fall. You will receive an invoice for the membership fee. Please do not pay the annual fee until you are invoiced, or you will not be considered a CCP member for 2024-2025. Thank you. 

      What is the application process?

      Applicants should submit:

      1. Current CV
      2. Two letters of recommendation written by a teacher or supervisor
      3. Personal statement specifying your field of interest in psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic theory and therapy (1-3 pages)
      4. Personal Information Form (click button below)
      5. Two hard copies of the personal statement must be mailed to: Nancy Peltzman, LCSW 400 N. Michigan, Suite 1030, Chicago 60611

      When are applications due?

      Applications for the 2024-25 Fellowship Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis will be accepted beginning March 1, 2024 and must be received by June 1, 2024. 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 start of the academic year.

      Ongoing Fellowship opportunities

      A large percentage of our Fellows choose to continue their fellowship experience beyond the first year – and frequently for longer.  Ongoing Fellows may choose any or all of the following: continuing individual mentorship, advanced small group participation, and participation in the Fridays@CCP Lecture Series. There is no application required for continued participation other than to fill out the Ongoing Personal Information Form, but Ongoing Fellows must re-join CCP each year, paying the Fellowship membership fee of $300. This membership 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 button below). For questions, please contact Fellowship Committee Chair, Nancy Peltzman, LCSW (nbpeltz@gmail.com).

      Fellowship Groups

      In the Fellowship groups we invite students to create a space with trusted peer in which they can bring their most perplexing clinical and practice dilemmas.  Conversations are enriched and deepened by the contrasting and common experiences of fellow clinicians who have different training and clinical experiences and work in different settings.  Sometimes Fellows bring considerable amounts of life experience, or even professional expertise outside of the clinical realm.  These discussions, hosted by experienced clinicians in their homes or offices or by Zoom, are lively, rich, validating, and always supportive. 

      Discussions may be organized as case presentations, center around themes of common concern, or may make use of the clinical contributions of everyone present to the topics that have surfaced that week.  Psychodynamic concepts and technique are the frame for every group meeting. Fellows have often found the groups such helpful experiences that they go on to pursue advanced psychodynamic education, consultation, personal therapy, and new directions in their career preparation and choice of work.

      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 fellows with an individual mentor, an exceptional opportunity for both fellow and mentor.

      CCP mentors are Clinical Associate Faculty with CCP, listed as such on our website. 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 a case. 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 psychoanalytically inclined therapists 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.

      If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Nancy Peltzman, Chair of the Fellowship Program (nbpeltz@gmail.com)


      For further information or questions about the Fellowship Program, the Ongoing Fellowship, or the application process for 2024-25, please contact Fellowship Committee Chair, Nancy Peltzman, LCSW  (nbpeltz@gmail.com)

      The current Fellowship Representative to the CCP Board of Directors is Kara Lessin, LCSW

      New Applicants:

      Applicants should submit the following in Pdf or Word Doc Format between March 1 and  June 1, 2024:

      1. A CV
      2. Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or supervisor
      3. A brief statement of the direction in which you would like to extend your knowledge of clinical practice and theory. Please head this statement with two pieces of information: your name, and whether you will be in Chicago next year or will be residing outside Chicago. Fellows in Chicago will be expected to attend a consultation group in person once a month on a weekend day and time of your leader’s choosing unless there is a compelling reason to be assigned to a virtual group. The groups are an important component of the program.
      4. The personal Information Form (click button below)Personal Information Form

      Mail two hard copies of your personal statement to: Nancy Peltzman, LCSW 400 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1030 Chicago Il 60611, by June 1. Your application is not complete until the copies of your statement have been received though you may send them by regular mail.

      The digital version of Items 1-3 above, including your letters of recommendation, should go the following address, where all admissions correspondence will take place:


      The Fellowship Committee members read applications as they come in, and if your educational goals and your credentials align with what the Fellowship Program has to offer, you will receive a call from one of our committee members welcoming you to the program. Please use that contact to ask any questions you need answered.

      At the end of the summer, you will receive information about your assigned mentor and your peer consultation group leader, as well as the schedule of lectures for the year.

      Ongoing Fellows:

      To reserve your space as an Ongoing Fellow, please submit the Ongoing Fellowship Personal Information form (click button below)

      Ongoing Personal Identification Form

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