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 to a maximum of eighteen participants.


Classes take place twice a month from October 2019-May 2020. Specific dates will be announced in late spring 2019.  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.


Applications for the 2019-2020 program should be submitted by June 30* as follows:
*Please note new deadline date

The application process requires:

  • A completed application form
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference*
  • Brief statement reflecting your interest in the program

*Letters of reference may be sent under separate cover

Apply Online: Click Here


Mail application materials to:

The 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 licensed State of Illinois provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.


Available PDP discounts can be found Here


William Borden, PhD

Denise Davis, MSW

Carol Ganzer, PhD