Combined Training Program in Child Psychotherapy or Child Analysis

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IPI Combined Child Training Program in Child Psychotherapy and Child Analysis

 Course Director: Jill Scharff, M.D. 

Child Psychotherapy Admissions: Ana Maria Barroso, M.D.
Child Analytic Admissions: David Scharff, M.D.

for adult analysts, child psychotherapists, and psychotherapists

Accepting applications now

 

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There are few functioning child psychodynamic and child analytic programs of quality for a therapist who wants training in work with children. The International Psychotherapy Institute now offers a combined 2-year, 2-hours-per-week, distance learning child training program on Friday afternoons with 4-6 immersion weekends featuring international teachers. The program components include: Seminars on theory, clinical case conferences, IPI's signature GAM groups (small discussion groups using the Group Affective Model); clinical consultation; and personal treatment. Clinical consultation and personal analysis or psychotherapy may be conducted partly using telephone or secure videoconference. Trainees who specialize in child psychotherapy and trainees who specialize in child analysis study together in a combined curriculum and also separately in specialized tracks. 

In the first year, a combined curriculum. In one shared weekly hour, child psychotherapy trainees and child analytic candidates study together in combined theory courses in childhood psychopathology and wellness, theory of child development, attachment theory, the basic psychoanalytic situation, techniques to establish and maintain a relationship with a child, provisioning the office setting, theory of play, using play creatively, transference, countertransference, relating to parents, families, co-workers, agencies, teachers and pediatricians, sensitivity to diversity, ethics, the use and impact of technology, and research techniques. 
In the other weekly hour, child psychotherapy and child analysis trainees study in separate tracks for their respective clinical case conferences and GAM groups. 

In the second year, a separate curriculum. In both hours, child psychotherapy and child analysis trainees study separately in specialized psychotherapy or psychoanalysis theory and advanced technique courses, clinical case conferences, and GAM groups. 

An Object Relations Foundation:
The proposed readings reflect classical and contemporary psychoanalytic literature, including theories of A. Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bornstein, Solnit, Abrams, the Sandlers, Tustin, Bick, Gaddini, Harris, Fraiberg, the Tysons, Laufer, Pine; the research of Stern, Emde, Fonagy, Target, Coates, and Salomonsson; and the contemporary work of Ferro, Gilmore, the Novicks, Lemma, Yanof, O'Shaugnessy, Pick, Chused, and the Scharffs.

The GAM group is a special feature of this IPI child psychotherapy and child analytic training program.  In the Group Affective Model for teaching and learning child analytic psychotherapy and child analysis, trainees meet in GAM groups with the task of integrating their emotional responses to the challenging primitive material encountered in work with young children and adolescents, confronting diversity with sensitivity, studying the social unconscious of the group, developing an ethical analytic stance, and securing their identity as either child analysts or child psychotherapists.



 

 

Child Psychotherapy Track
  • A 2-year, 2-hour weekly distance learning program on teleconference on Friday afternoons
  • 4 in-person IPI immersion weekends (2 weekends per year)
  • Combined first year theory seminar with analytic candidates
    • Covers development, psychopathology, basic treatment situation, consultation to agencies, family therapy, ethics, diversity
  • Separate second year seminar
    • theory and technique of child psychotherapy, and special topics in the child psychotherapy literature.
  • Both years utilize separate clinical case conferences, GAM group, research, writing, occasional teaching experience
  • Observation of an infant and participation in an infant observation seminar
  • Consultation conducted in person and remotely
  • Personal psychotherapy 1-2 times per week conducted in person and remotely
  • Internationally renowned teachers and consultants
  • Membership in the IPI learning community, with access to PEPWEB and Masters Speakers series.

    First Year Curriculum (shared with Child Analysis Track)

    In one shared weekly hour, child psychotherapy and child analysis trainees study together, in the other weekly hour, child psychotherapy and child analysis trainees will separate for their respective clinical case conferences and GAM groups.

    The course will take place on Friday afternoons as follows, child analysis from 1:00-3:00 pm EST. 

    Friday Afternoons - Year 1 Mountain Time East Coast UK
    Year 1 Basic combined didactic theory 11:00-12:00 1:00-2:00 6:00-7:00
    Year 1 Psychotherapy case conference & GAM Group 12:00-1:00 2:00-3:00 7:00-8:00

    Second Year Curriculum

    a)       Child psychotherapy trainees have their own classes in theory and technique of child psychotherapy, clinical case conferences, research and writing, and special topics in the child psychotherapy literature.   These classes are taught by child psychotherapists and child psychoanalysts.

    b)       The child psychotherapy trainees attend a series of continuous clinical case conferences in child psychotherapy and GAM group for integration of emotional and cognitive responses to the material, developing an ethical stance, and securing an identity as an analytic child psychotherapist. Case conference discussions are led by child psychotherapists and psychoanalysts.

    The course will take place on Friday afternoons as follows, child analysis from 3:00-5:00 pm EST. 

    Friday Afternoons - Year 2 Mountain Time East Coast UK
    Year 2 Specialized Psychotherapy theory 1:00-2:00 3:00-4:00 8:00-9:00
    Year 2 Psychotherapy case conference & GAM group 2:00-3:00 4:00-5:00 9:00-10:00

    Didactic

    • 2 years of weekly 1-hour seminars and 1-hour case conferences (as described above) on videoconference (205 hours for psychotherapy training)
    • an infant observation and seminar by telephone/videoconference (40 hours unless already completed in an approved seminar) *additional registration fee required,
    • 4 approved IPI child-oriented immersion weekend conferences in person with international guest child analysts Virginia Ungar, Mary Target, Elisabeth Palacios, Karen Proner, Diana Norsa, and others to be announced (90 hours). At these weekends students continue their affiliation with the faculty group, fellows group, psychotherapy group, candidate groups, or weekend-only groups to which they are assigned.
    • Electives to provide enrichment of experience with children and adolescents as needed.

    Clinical Requirements

    The child psychotherapy trainees will meet child psychotherapy case requirements of a minimum of two cases (treated1-2 times a week); weekly consultation on one case for a minimum of one year (45 clinical sessions, 40 consultation sessions) and on one case for a minimum of two years (90 clinical sessions, 80 consultation sessions); and personal therapy 2 times a week for a minimum of two years (more may be needed).

    Those who do not finish in two years will join the third year clinical case conference.

    A trainee enrolled in the IPI PPP program in advanced psychotherapy may get credit for one child case towards the PPP certificate if pre-approved by the PPP Chair. 

    Tuition

    $2,850 per year which includes membership in IPI
    Tuition for third year including optional case conference attendance: $1,600.

    Pre-matriculation course work, additional seminars, and child therapy experience may be suggested or required of applicants on an individual basis after the application has been reviewed.

    Consultation and personal treatment fees are arranged privately with IPI approved supervisors and analysts, and may be conducted in person and on the telephone or secure videoconference.

     
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    Admissions

    Applicants will provide to the Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapy Admissions Committees (consisting of supervising child analysts, supervising child psychotherapists, and IPI faculty members) their previous experience as adult analysts, adult psychotherapists, or child psychotherapists in order to be placed in the appropriate course. For adult analysts who do not have much child therapy experience, an individualized enrichment program will be designed such as reading, observation in local child clinics, attendance at a child and family institute, additional child therapy supervision, and attendance at psychotherapy seminars to deepen their comfort with and understanding of the child.

    Candidates may attend the 2nd year psychotherapy seminar as a tuition benefit if this is suggested for enrichment.

    Child Psychotherapy Admissions Committee:
    Ana Maria Barroso (Chair), Carl Bagnini, Caroline Sehon, Lea de Setton, Stan Tsigounis, Janine Wanlass

    Graduation

    Psychotherapy trainees will have presented their work in a clinical case conference in the child program or at IPI.

    Application

    Child Psychotherapy Faculty:

    Carl Bagnini
    Betty Benaim
    Ana Maria Barroso
    Anabella de Brostella
    Doug Dennett
    Vali Maduro
    Norka Malberg
    Karen Proner
    David Scharff
    Jill Scharff
    Caroline Sehon
    Lea de Setton
    Stan Tsigounis
    Virginia Ungar
    Yolanda de Varela
    Janine Wanlass

 
 
Child Analysis Track
  • A 2-year, 2-hour weekly distance learning program by teleconference on Friday afternoons
  • 6 in-person IPI immersion weekends (or 5 and 1 Association of Child Analytic conference)
  • Combined first year theory course with child psychotherapy trainees
    • Covers theory, development psychopathology, basic treatment situation, ethics and diversity
  • Separate courses for child analytic candidates
    • theory and technique of child analysis, clinical case conferences and bi-monthly GAM group, independent research and writing, and special topics in child analytic literature. 
  • The Group Affective Model small group discussion
  • Observation of an infant and infant observation seminar
  • Consultation of 2 or 3 cases conducted 3-5 times per week in person and remotely
    • choice to fulfill IPA or APSaA criteria
  • Personal psychoanalysis conducted in person and remotely
  • Internationally renowned child analytic teachers and consultants
  • Membership in the IPI learning community, with access to PEPWEB
  • Independent study, writing, and psychotherapy teaching experience

First Year Curriculum (shared with Child Psychotherapy Track)

In one shared weekly hour, child psychotherapy and child analysis trainees study together, in the other weekly hour, child psychotherapy and child analysis trainees will separate for their respective clinical case conferences and GAM groups.

The course will take place on Friday afternoons as follows, child analysis from 1:00-3:00 pm EST. 

Friday Afternoons - Year 1 Mountain Time East Coast UK
Year 1 Basic combined didactic theory 11:00-12:00 1:00-2:00 6:00-7:00
Year 1 Psychoanalysis case conference & GAM Group 12:00-1:00 2:00-3:00 7:00-8:00

Second Year Curriculum

a)      Child analysis trainees have their own classes in theory and technique of child analysis, clinical case conferences, independent research and writing, and special topics in the child analytic literature. The also attend a GAM group for integration of emotional and cognitive responses to the material, developing an ethical stance, and securing an identity as a child analyst. These classes are taught by child analyst faculty.

b)       Child analysis trainees attend series of continuous child analytic case conferences and GAM (Group Affective Model) groups for child analyst trainees for integration of emotional and cognitive responses to the material, developing an ethical stance, and securing an identity as a child analyst. Case conference discussions are led by child analysts.

The course will take place on Friday afternoons as follows, child analysis from 1:00-3:00 pm EST. 

Friday Afternoons - Year 2 Mountain Time East Coast UK
Year 2 Psychoanalysis case conference & GAM group 11:00-12:00 1:00-2:00 6:00-7:00
Year 2 Specialized Psychoanalysis Theory 12:00-1:00 2:00-3:00 7:00-8:00

Didactic

  • 2 years of weekly 1-hour seminars and 1-hour case conferences (as described above) on videoconference (214 hours total)
  • an infant observation and seminar by telephone/videoconference (40 hours unless already completed in an approved seminar) *additional registration fee,
  • 6 approved IPI child-oriented immersion weekend conferences in person with international guest child analysts such as Virginia Ungar, Mary Target, Elisabeth Palacios, Karen Proner, Diana Norsa, and others to be announced (90 hours). At these weekends students continue their affiliation with the faculty group, fellows group, psychotherapy group, candidate groups, or weekend-only groups to which they are assigned. (1 attendance at the yearly conference of the Association for Child Analysis may be substituted for 1 weekend)
  • Electives to provide enrichment of experience with children and adolescents as needed.

Clinical Requirements

Child analytic trainees will meet requirements for child analytic cases (treated 3-5 times a week), weekly child analytic consultation, and (non-reporting) personal analysis if made necessary by the challenges of working with children. Until case requirements for the child analytic training program are met, the child analytic candidate will progress into the third year to attend the weekly child analytic case conference.

The child analytic training at IPI can meet APsaA and IPA criteria, and the analytic trainee may choose to follow APsaA or IPA requirements as follows:

APSaA:
3 cases (1 preschool, 1 latency, 1 adolescent not all the same gender) at 4 times a week showing analytic process beyond the opening phase, one of them through termination if possible, each case a minimum of 50 hours of consultation with a recognized child analyst. APSaA is currently reviewing this and the requirements may change slightly. 


Total hours of consultation 150 (minimum) 200 (minimum) if not already an adult analyst. Total hours analyzing cases 500 hours minimum.

APsaA strongly recommends restarting 4 times a week training analysis when analyzing children.



IPA:
2 cases at 3 times a week, each for 1 year, (preferably 1 latency, 1 adolescent not both the same gender) minimum of 40 sessions of consultation on each case with a recognized child analyst.


Total hours of supervision 80 hours (minimum). Total hours analyzing cases 300 hours (minimum).

IPA holds that there is no need for adult analysts to re-enter a completed analysis

Tuition

$3,275 per year which includes membership of IPI
tuition for third year inlcuding optional case conference attendance: $1600

Pre-matriculation course work, additional seminars, and child therapy experience may be suggested or required of applicants on an individual basis after the application has been reviewed.

Consultation and personal treatment fees are arranged privately with IPI approved supervisors and analysts, and may be conducted in person and on the telephone or secure videoconference.

 
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Admissions

Applicants will provide to the Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapy Admissions Committees (consisting of supervising child analysts, supervising child psychotherapists, and IPI faculty members) their previous experience as adult analysts, adult psychotherapists, or child psychotherapists in order to be placed in the appropriate course. For adult analysts who do not have much child therapy experience, an individualized enrichment program may be designed such as reading, observation in local child clinics, attendance at a child and family institute, additional child therapy consultation, and attendance at psychotherapy seminars to deepen their comfort with and understanding of the child. Candidates may attend the 2nd year psychotherapy seminar as a tuition benefit if this is suggested for enrichment.

Adult analysts may or may not resume analysis while conducting child analyses. (APsaA strongly recommends this, while the IPA does not). The child analytic candidate may choose whether to follow APsaA or IPA requirements, keeping in mind that this program at present is not accredited by either body.

Child Analytic Admissions Committee:
David Scharff (Chair), Jill Scharff, Judith Chused, Carla Elliot-Neely, Norka Malberg

Graduation

Analytic candidates will present their work to a panel including an external reviewer.

Application

Child Analytic Faculty

Adela Abella
Björn Salomonsson
Judith Chused
Carla Elliot-Neely
Ted Jacobs
Norka Malberg
Jill Miller
Diana Norsa
Elisabeth Palacios
Karen Proner
David Scharff
Jill Scharff
Virginia Ungar

 

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