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Historical Background

The Baltimore-Washington area has been hospitable to psychoanalysis from early in the 20th century.  The American Psychoanalytic Association was established in Baltimore in 1911.  The Washington-Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute, founded in 1933, was the third such institute established in this country.

In 1946, with an increasing diversity of viewpoints about theory and technique, Baltimore and Washington established separate psychoanalytic societies, although the original Institute remained a joint training body for six more years.

The present Institute was founded in 1952 as the Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute and was accredited by The American Psychoanalytic Association in 1955.  With many members in both Baltimore and Washington, the Institute consolidated its administrative and educational activities in Laurel, Maryland, in 1987.  At that time the name was changed to the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis.

In the 1960s, the Institute began to offer training to non-medical, research candidates.  That practice grew into a tradition which now includes full training in psychoanalysis to all qualified mental health professionals and non-clinical training to Academic Candidates.


The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis frequently offers CME and CE credits to psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. The following statements apply to CME and CE credits which are available for participants in many of the Institute’s programs:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this LIVE Activity for a maximum of one credit per hour AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Important Disclosure Information for All Learners: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant   financial relationships to disclose.