Community Psychoanalysis Certificate Program

The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis (WBCP) online application portal for the 2024-2025 Community Psychoanalysis Certificate Program (CPCP) is now open. 


Expand and enrich your clinical work by engaging in a two-year journey that melds didactic learning, experiential reflective groups, and hands-on placements in community agencies or nonprofits.

Who Should Apply?

The CPCP is a program for licensed mental health/health care professionals who have an interest in understanding how to utilize psychoanalytic/psychodynamic principles to inform work in community settings.  This is a unique opportunity to bridge clinical practice, community engagement and social justice.


 The Community Psychoanalysis Certificate Program (CPCP) will be delivered via Zoom. Meetings will be held on Fridays, 12:00 pm –  1:15 pm EST starting on September 20, 2024, and ending on May 16, 2025.


2024 – 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 12/20
2025- 1/17, 1/31, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16

The Program

Year One

Year 1 of the CPCP will be held twice a month on Friday afternoons from 12-1:15 pm, for a total of 16 sessions, with the first class of the month, didactic, and the second class of the month, community placement presentations.  The amount of time spent in community placements will range from 1-2 hours per month, not including commuting time.  Some placements will be offered on zoom.

8 Didactic Classes

Facilitated by local, national and international faculty elucidating their ideas about and experiences working psychoanalytically outside their consulting rooms in community settings.

8 Reflective Groups

A reflective Balint-style experiential group with program participants, designed to create a safe space for empathic support of each other. These experiential groups help to develop creative ways of thinking about challenging situations in a community setting; help to identify emotional factors evoked in the complex relationships involved in the issue being presented; fosters a bonding experience between the group members. Finally, being part of a Balint-style group will help develop an important skill set in this group methodology that can be applied to work in a myriad of community settings.

In addition to immersion in a Balint-style group, the students will be exposed to examples of other methods that are used in community settings, including Work Discussion (Bick/Tavistock), Reflective Communities (Pally), Minding the Baby (Slade) and others.

Community Placements

Placements in local, national, international organizations, to put into practice the teachings in the program. For those not yet involved directly in a community setting, arrangements will be made for a placement in a local organization or via zoom with a national/international NGO. At these placements, participants will both observe and lead a group using either the Balint modality or another reflective approach with care providers, staff, teachers or other community mental health/health care professionals. Trainees will work in pairs and will have supervision from the CPCP faculty.

Year Two

Upon completion of the first year, participants will enter the second year of the program consisting of ongoing Balint-style experiential groups that will meet twice a month (day and time of the group TBD by class participants), to further establish an understanding of group work that is built on the application of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic principles in community settings.  Participants in the second year will serve as mentors to the new incoming first year class. Completion of year 2 will also provide opportunities for participants to supervise and teach in the CPCP.  Faculty members will continue to participate in these groups in Year 2.


Application Process for the Community Psychoanalysis Certificate Program:

Please submit the following application materials through the online portal. We only accept completed applications that include all the required written materials.

  • A short personal essay (two pages maximum) describing the development of your interest in the application of psychoanalytic and/or psychodynamic concepts to work in community settings.
  • Your current curriculum vitae, including name, physical address, email address, and phone number.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals who have direct knowledge of your clinical work inside and/or outside the consulting room. Please address letters of recommendation to: Joseph Chirico, Executive Director, WBCP, via email,

Applications must be received by May 31, 2024.  Acceptance will be no later than July 1, 2024.

Tuition: Grant Scholarship

The tuition for this two year program has been set at $1800;  $1200 for the first year and $600 for the second year. We are pleased to announce that for the 24-25 Academic year we have secured a grant that will provide a $600 scholarship for all participants in year one. For those that begin the program in this year the total program cost will be $1200.


For more information about the CPCP, please email the Program Co-Chairs:

Joy Kassett, PhD

Deborah Feldheim,


20 CME/CE total credits

Continuing Medical Education – 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 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: In accordance with disclosure policies of ACCME, effort is made to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all accredited activities. These policies include mitigating all possible relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for all planners and faculty. The APsA CE Committee has reviewed these disclosures and determined that the relationships are not inappropriate in the context of their respective presentations and are not inconsistent with the educational goals and integrity of the activity.

Continuing EducationSocial Workers – The programs of The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. meet the criteria for continuing education as defined by the District of Columbia and Virginia Boards of Social Work, and the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. designates this program as a continuing education activity for social work for 1 credit hour per hour for this activity.

The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category 1 continuing education units.

Continuing Education – Psychologists – The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education – Licensed Professional Counselors – The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. continuing education credits meet the criteria and may be submitted for re-licensure of LPCs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. This program/activity has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists to satisfy Category A continuing education requirements.

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