Advanced Psychodynamic Fellowship in Clinical Practice

The fellowship program has been developed for mental health professionals who seek to deepen their understanding of contemporary psychodynamic thought and apply comparative perspectives in clinical practice. It provides structured opportunities for participants to enlarge their understanding of orienting perspectives, core concepts, and essential concerns in psychodynamic understanding and practice, and to consider the relevance of differing points of view in their work.

A small cohort of participants and distinguished faculty work together to study and learn ways of enriching their clinical practice. In doing so, we explore the practitioner's own stages of development as a professional and consider the ways in which we shape our clinical careers over time. We integrate theories and personal elements through presentation of clinical work in ongoing case consultations.

The course of study encompasses the following domains of concern:

  • Orienting perspectives in contemporary psychodynamic understanding and practice
  • The emergence of the psychodynamic tradition:
    Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Alfred Adler
  • The development of relational perspectives
  • Object relations psychology
  • Interpersonal perspectives
  • Self psychology
  • Clinical case consultation

The clinical case consultations provide program participants with the opportunity to integrate theoretical and clinical studies in relation to descriptions of actual psychotherapeutic practice. Class size is limited. Early applications encouraged. 


Dates for the 2020-2021 program will be announced in spring 2020. All sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 9:00am-Noon at:

The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration:
969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


Master's degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related degree required. At least three to five years of post-master's degree experience preferred.


To apply for the 2020-2021 fellowship, submit the following materials by June 1, 2020:

• Completed application form

• Resume

• Brief personal statement, one to two pages, indicating your interest in this perspective and how you might integrate it in your practice. 

Apply Online Here


Mail/Email materials to:

Professional Development Program
The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


Participants who complete the fellowship program will receive 45 CEUs

The Professional Development Program at SSA is a State of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. License numbers: 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.




William Borden, PhD

Denise Davis, MSW

Carol Ganzer, PhD

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in the program should contact the Professional Development Program office at least two weeks in advance of the initial class for assistance.