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 2017-May 2018. Specific dates are listed below. 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


October 6 and 13
November 10 and 17
December 1 and 15


January 12 and 26
February 9 and 23
March 9
April 13 and 27
May 4 and 11

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 2017-2018 program are closed. Applications for the 2018-2019 program should be submitted as follows:

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.


Tuition for the 2018-2019 program will be announced in early 2018
PDP discounts are not applicable to this program.


William Borden, PhD

Denise Davis, MSW

Carol Ganzer, PhD

Dennis McCaughan, PhD


Kyle Bullock, AM '16

"Without scholarship support, I would not have been able to attend the University of Chicago. I promise, one day, to be in a position so I can help more students fulfill their dreams."