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Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis

We are no longer accepting applications for Fundamentals I beginning October 2022.

If you are interested in being added to a waiting list, please email contact the Admin. Manager at

One way that Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute manifests the mission to “offer outstanding psychoanalytic training to mental health professionals” is by offering a Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis certificate course designed for clinicians who seek to deepen their understanding of the psychoanalytic knowledge base, enhance their knowledge and skills for clinical practice, and cultivate a network of like-minded colleagues. The program marries theory and practice in two (academic) year-long small group seminars, which accrue to a satisfying whole. Each year can be taken separately or sequentially. 

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of attendance and 1.5 continuing education credits for each session attended. Perfect attendance for each academic year will result in 51 Continuing Education Hours.

Fundamentals is:


In a nine-month program of weekly classes, we study major works by the foundational thinkers in the British object relations line. Year One is primarily Freud, while Year Two continues Freud’s ideas through the works of Klein, Winnicott, and Bion, considering links and divergences in this line of thought evolution. By completing the course, learners will have a sense of how psychoanalytic thinking has evolved, from Freud to the current day.


Each monthly unit will be augmented by a clinical case presentation, demonstrating the application of theory in working with patients. In Fundamentals courses, learners will become increasingly adept at discovering unconscious processes in clinical work and developing strategies for intervention.


Following an innovative design, each monthly unit will be taught by a different instructor, each of whom is an experienced psychoanalytically oriented clinician. The group will stay together, and the faculty will rotate, which promotes the formation of a strong learning group.


Course Length: Weekly classes beginning Thursday, October 6, 2022, through June 22, 2023 (9 months)

Time: Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Tuition Payment schedule: Application fee: $100

                             Fall term $350, due September 29, 2022
                             Winter term $350, due January 1, 2023
                             Spring term $350, due April 1, 2023     

*A $50 discount to be applied to Spring Term if the applicant is a NPSI Community Member*

Enrollment Deadline: September 1st

Location: This course will be held via Zoom.

Instructors: NPSI analysts and senior candidates.

Format: Each month, there will be one four-class unit. Each unit will consist of three classes to discuss and study assigned readings. The fourth will be reserved for clinical case discussions.
Note: The November and December units will be shorter due to holidays-three meetings for each month.

To see a sample syllabus for Year One, click here.

To see a sample syllabus for Year Two, click here.

For the online Fundamentals Application, click here

For more information or to register, please contact Peggy Swenson at

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