"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.
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.
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 and are held in the office or home of the group leader.
All fellows join CCP candidates and the interested public to hear lectures given by visiting and local faculty through CCP’s Fridays@CCP and Sundays@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 or to present related ideas of interest to the analytic community. Our lectures for the 2020-21 year feature Donnel Stern, Robert Grossmark, Lynne Zeavin, Jamieson Webster, Joseph Newirth, Peter Shabad and Alan Bass.The Sunday mid-day series provides a forum for individual presentations covering a range of topics of interest to the greater psychoanalytic community of Chicago. Participation in all three areas of the program is essential.
What does it cost?
Upon acceptance, fellows must become CCP Members. The annual membership fee for Fellows is $150 and includes admission to all CCP events. There are no charges for the Fellowship Program itself.
What is the application process?
Applicants should submit:
When are applications due?
Applications for the 2020-21 Fellowship Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis will be accepted beginning April 1, 2020, and must be received by July 31, 2020. 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 (email@example.com).
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.
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. 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.
For further information or questions about the Fellowship Program, the Ongoing Fellowship, or the application process for 2020-21, please contact Fellowship Committee Chair, Julia Brown, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applicants should submit:
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To reserve your space as an Ongoing Fellow, please submit the Ongoing Fellowship Personal Information form (click button below)