China Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Thursday evenings 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Beijing time

June 2020-June 2022

ONLINE using secure video conference on Zoom, with break-out rooms for small groups

Teaching is in English with Chinese translation

Beginning with a daily on-line immersion course

June 23- 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm–11:00 pm, Beijing time

Click here to view the promotional video explaining this program.

Program Chair

Course Director: Jill Savege Scharff MD Course Administrator: “Betty” 曹智雨

Program Date(s):

June 23, 2020

Who should apply? 培训适合这样的人群:


  • Adult-trained psychotherapists at any stage of experience
  • Beginning child therapists
  • Soon-to graduate mental health professionals interested in psychodynamic child psychotherapy


The applicants for the China Child course will apply in Chinese to the platform  The tuition is payable in Chinese currency to Jiandanxinli

Brief Description

The China Child course is an online course, with 60 three-hour sessions weekly over 2 years, devoted to the theory and technique of competent analytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Each time the class meets, the first one and a half hours is devoted to a reading seminar with group discussion, and the second one and a half hours is a small group consultation on ethical clinical technique with children and parents.

Educational Objectives

Course Goals


  • To develop a secure theory base for assessment and therapy with children


  • To develop a working knowledge of child developmental stages, psychic structure, and the place of the child in the family and at school and in society.


  • To Increase knowledge of psychoanalytic treatment approaches for a variety of childhood disorders and developmental levels.


General Objectives

After taking the course participants will be able to

  • assess developmental level and make a diagnosis, psychodynamic formulation, and treatment recommendation
  • treat any child or adolescent and relate to their parents and school


  • construct a process note


  • make a coherent clinical presentation and engage in non-defensive discussion

Learning Objectives

The class schedule shows two learning objectives specific to each seminar.

Program Components


At each meeting, there will be a combination of theory and clinical technique with children or adolescents, followed by group discussion.  Participants and the IPI child faculty teacher will share vignettes from clinical practice or professional situations and connect them to the theory that has been presented.  Comments, questions, and conversation are encouraged. For each class participants will be given one reading that they are expected to review and comment on in class.


Introductory online immersion course

The course begins with a daily immersion course from June 23- 27, 8:00 pm–11:00 pm, prior to the regular weekly online course

Click here for a detailed schedule, learning objectives, and reading list for the weeklong immersion course

Weekly Online 

The regular weekly online course beginning on Thursday July 9, comprises 1.5 hours on Theory and Technique of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy and 1.5 hours of group consultation on Ethical Clinical Technique in child cases related to the topic under discussion in the reading seminar.

In first year, the theory courses are The Child Psychotherapist at Work, Technique of Assessment and Child Therapy, Psychoanalytic Theory of Childhood and Adolescence, and Group Consultation to Intermediate Ethical Clinical Technique

In second year, the theory courses are Child and Adolescent Development, Wellness and Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence, Special Topics including Research and Writing, and Group Consultation to Advanced Ethical Clinical Technique







5-days On-Site

Once the course is established online, there will be an on-site 5-day immersion in Basic Theory and Technique of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy with lectures, videos, clinical case presentations, and group discussion.



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Students will be asked to complete Survey Monkey evaluation of each class in terms of learning objectives, quality of the reading selected, teacher’s knowledge, ability to clarify concepts and facilitate group discussion. These results will be collated and used to inform the evolution of the course.


Texts for the Course

All readings will be provided, if they are not accessible on PEPWEB, and translated into Chinese.


Program Faculty

Carl Bagnini, MSW, BCD
social worker, child and family psychotherapist, New York, founding faculty IPI IPI创始成员及高级教员 儿童、夫妻和家庭精神分析治疗师,督导师

Ana Maria Barroso MD
psychiatrist and child psychotherapist in Mexico City 儿童心理治疗师和成人心理分析师 IPI儿童心理治疗项目教师兼督导师

Anabella Brostella PhD
child psychologist, and adult analyst, Panama RP IPA巴拿马精神分析研究小组精神分析学家 IPI华盛顿与巴拿马分会的教员

Elizabeth Palacios, MD
Child psychiatrist, analyst, Zaragoza, Spain, adjunct child faculty, IPI IPA欧洲夫妻和家庭心理分析委员会(COFAP)联合主席 西班牙马德里精神分析协会(APM)正式成员

David Scharff MD
child analyst, family therapist, Chevy Chase MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Co-founder IPI 国际心理治疗研究院(IPI)联合创始人 国际精神分析协会(IPA)家庭和夫妻精神分析委员会主席

Jill Scharff MD
child analyst, family therapist, Chevy Chase MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Co-founder IPI 国际心理治疗研究院(IPI)联合创始人 国际精神分析训练研究院(IIPT)创始人 IPI儿童分析与儿童心理治疗联合项目创始人

Caroline Sehon MD, FABP
child analyst, past-Chair, IIPT analytic training program at IPI, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Director IPI 国际心理治疗研究院(IPI)院长 IPI精神分析培训项目前主席、督导分析师 乔治城大学精神病学临床副教授

Lea Setton PhD
Adult analyst, family therapist, Panama City, Panama RP IPA巴拿马教学和督导分析师 国际精神分析训练研究院(IIPT)教员

Janine Wanlass PhD
child psychotherapist, Professor of Mental Health Counselling, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah, past-Director IPI 国际心理治疗研究院(IPI)前院长 IPI儿童心理治疗项目主席

Yolanda Varela PhD
adult analyst, Chair of the IPA Panama provisional society IPI创始成员,IPI巴拿马分会创始人 IPA巴拿马精神分析科学委员会主席

Tuition and Fees

Tuition to be set by Jiandanxinli and will be paid in Chinese currency

Applicants register in Chinese with

Course registrants may also apply in English for IPI membership, which gives PEPWEB access

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Chinese therapists who work in the United States may claim approximately 200 contact hours over the two years of the course.

Continuing Education Information

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 authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units. 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 #SW-0299.

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