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The Institute of Counseling and Psychoanalytic Studies (ICPS), formerly BGSP-NJ, offers a unique perspective on the needs of mental health professionals. With a faculty of 100% clinician educators it is considered a model of local, community-based, higher education. We are committed to furthering mental health in a diversely populated area, as well as providing connections for graduates seeking employment.

We invite you to discover the ICPS community.

ICPS is part of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, which is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). The ICPS curriculum is accepted by the New Jersey Professional Counselor Examiners Committee as well. During COVID-19 all programs and courses are offered virtually.

The only accredited, independent graduate school of psychoanalysis in the country, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has been opening doors to psychoanalysis for over 40 years, increasing access to psychoanalytic training, education, and treatment.

The program at the New Jersey branch advances this mission by introducing students from the vibrant and diverse New Jersey/tri-state community to studies in professional counseling and psychoanalysis without requiring them to acquire prior training in another profession.

Students gain a deeper understanding of people in their full complexity through ICPS integrative approach to learning. They learn how people develop their emotional and mental lives, how people operate from motivations outside their own awareness, and why people interact and behave in characteristic ways.

ICPS has a
95% graduation rate, and a near

100% job acceptance rate within a short time after graduation.

A branch of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, ICPS offers two Master of Arts degrees at our Livingston, NJ campus – the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling* and the Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis, as well as a Post-Master’s Certificate in Mental Health Counseling.

What makes our program different:

  • Regionally accredited masters degrees
  • Highly mentored
  • Small classes
  • No minimum GPA or GRE’s required
  • Pace of program determined by student
  • Unique experiential teaching method
  • All faculty are experienced clinicians and accomplished scholars

*Qualifying for Licensure as a Professional Counselor in New Jersey | The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling curriculum is approved by the New Jersey Professional Counseling Examiners Committee as meeting its standards.

Career Advancement Scholarship

Now offering a 20% tuition discount to staff at mental health agencies on Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Contact us to learn more

“It’s just a really broad learning experience… it’s a friendly, open, nurturing, kind community.”

Ron Dranetz
Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, Student