General Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute presents national certificate training programs that bring mental health professionals and faculty together to study with international contributors at the leading edge of the field, such as Otto Kernberg, Christopher Bollas, Peter Fonagy, David Bell, Ted Jacobs, Glen Gabbard and Jill and David Scharff. IPI offers quality programming in a variety of formats - short courses, multi-year training programs in theory and technique, and advanced clinical training - all with continuing education credit.

Application Procedure and Fees

Applicants should submit

  • current C.V.
  • completed application or registration form  
  • non-refundable application fee of $100 for any program, or $50 for the weekend conferences. 
Fees are payable by mail by check or money order; or by credit card or PayPal online at our online payment page.  Make checks payable to IPI, 6612 Kennedy Drive, Chevy Chase, MD  20815.  Fax: 301-951-6335; e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please let us know if you need any special accommodations. 

Upon receipt of registration we will send applicants confirmation of registration, program schedules, specific objectives, reading lists and any advance readings and hotel information that we are providing.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made for written cancellations received in advance of the opening day of a conference or program, less the application fee which is retained to cover administrative costs.

IPI reserves the right to cancel conferences or programs in the case of insufficient registration or other unforeseeable circumstance. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified and all fees refunded in full.

IPI accepts no further liability to students, faculty or guest speakers.

Continuing Education Credit

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ACEP No. 6017

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.   

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.   

Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.


IPI is based in Washington, DC, where it offers its core training programs. Students from throughout the U.S., as well as from countries worldwide, commute to Washington periodically for these programs. Summer Institutes and Conferences may be located outside of the DC Area, as noted in their program materials. 

IPI also offers community-based training modules through its chapters or affiliate programs in Burlington, VT; Charlottesville, VA; Chevy Chase, MD/Washington, DC; Denver, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Kalamazoo, MI; Long Island and Manhattan, NY; New Orleans, LA; Omaha, NE; Panama City, Panama; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, VA; Salt Lake City, UT; Tampa, FL; and Williamsburg, VA.

Selection of Applicants

Participants in IPI’s programs are mental health professionals or students who are accepted on the basis of interest in object relations theory and commitment to group learning.

We recruit a diverse body of participants at various levels of experience, from all mental health disciplines. Participants in the Clinical Application Program must be licensed or practice-eligible.

The International Psychotherapy Institute does not discriminate against applicants for training, or against the analysands they subsequently treat, or analysts being considered as supervisors and/or treating analysts on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual preference, or physical handicap.