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 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 interested in beginning – as well as furthering – their psychoanalytic experience. The program 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. 

Due to the changes necessitated by the Covid-19 virus, the 2021-22 program will begin as a virtual experience for all Fellows.  However, as restrictions are lifted, we will transition to a hybrid model, making it possible for Fellows to join the program through Zoom or in person, as soon as that is safe for all. Please indicate your needs/preferences on the application form.  

Who should apply?

Practicing clinicians and graduate or postgraduate students in clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, and related fields such as early childhood education and the chaplaincy, are encouraged to apply. The program is also open to others who have a serious interest in learning more about psychoanalysis.

Program Offerings

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.

All fellows join CCP candidates and the interested public for lectures given by visiting and local faculty through CCP’s Fridays@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 and to present related ideas of interest to the analytic community.  Our lectures for the 2021-22 year feature Richard Chefetz, Donna Orange, Neil Altman, Peter Reiner, Anthony Bass, Nina Thomas, Dominique Scarfone, and Anton Hart.

Participation in all three areas of the program is essential.

What does it cost?

Upon acceptance, Fellows must become CCP members for the 2021-22 academic year.  The membership fee is $150 and is not due until Sept. 1. (Please do not submit payment early - doing so will register your membership for the 2021-22 year!)

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 of interest in psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic theory and therapy (1-3 pages)
  4. Personal Information Form (click button below)

When are applications due?

Applications for the 2021-22 Fellowship Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis will be accepted beginning April 1, 2021, and must be received by July 31, 2021.  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 $150. 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, Julia Brown, PhD (jbrown@ccpsa.org).

Fellowship Groups

In the Fellowship groups we invite students to create a space with trusted peers  where 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, are lively, rich, validating, and always supportive.  We like to think of them as nurturing, and in fact we often provide food.  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 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.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Julia Brown, Chairman of the Fellowship Program (jbrown@ccpsa.org)


For further information or questions about the Fellowship Program, the Ongoing Fellowship, or the application process for 2021-22, please contact Fellowship Committee Chair, Julia Brown, PhD (jbrown@ccpsa.org).

Fellowship Committee Members:  Nancy Peltzman, Max Beshers, Robert Feldman, Mimi Yong, Adina Keesom, Toula Kalven, Tegan Hullinger

Fellowship Representative to the CCP Board of Directors:  Tegan Hullinger

New Applicants:

Applicants should submit:

  1. Current CV
  2. Two 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 button below)

Email all materials (except Personal Information Form) to 

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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