Essentials Program

Essentials of Psychoanalysis

This program is open to anyone interested in gaining a foundational understanding of psychoanalytic theories and their application to practice. The program also provides a solid base for those considering either the 3-Year Psychotherapy or 4-Year Psychoanalytic training programs at TICP.

Classes are held once per week, on Tuesday evenings from September 2021 until May 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the TICP Office & Community Clinic located at 427 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON, M6C 2P1


Students participate in synchronous learning in the weekly live seminars via videoconference.
Note: During the COVID pandemic, all TICP seminars have been moved online. TICP continues to follows all guidance on in-person activities as mandated by public health officials.

A 30-Session Certificate Program

The program consists of weekly two-hour seminars covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Psychoanalytic Frame of Reference
  • Analytic Attitude
  • Analytic Listening
  • Attachment Theory
  • Character
  • Concepts of Development
  • Unconscious Dynamics
  • Relationality
  • Concepts of Development
  • Unconscious Dymanics
  • Relationality
  • Concepts of Change
  • Empathy and Mentalization
  • Transference
  • Countertransference
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Psychopathology
  • Psychoanalytic Interventions

The final six seminars will be devoted to case presentations and will be led by senior clinicians. Class members working in a psychoanalytically informed way will have the opportunity to present cases and clinical process will be discussed.

Please click here to download the Essentials Program Brochure.


$2,000 (which includes Guest Status in the Toronto Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis for the duration of the Program.)


To request more information:
Phone: 416.288.8060

Application Fee is $125.00. All applicants have a minimum of one application interview.

Please click here to pay the application fee online by credit card Payment can also be made by e-transfer to or by cheque to TICP.

Please click the button below to download the Essentials Program Application Form.