Introduction to Child Analysis and Child Psychotherapy: Mini-Course for Clinicians

A 6-session mini-course for clinicians who are treating children, or thinking about expanding their clinical repertoire to include child therapy, held online via Zoom.

The presenters will cover the basic language of communication with children – play and fantasy – and how it informs the therapy process at every stage of assessment and treatment and at each developmental stage. They will present their views of children as individuals and members of a family group to which they contribute and receive love and meaning. They will share clinical vignettes from individual child, adolescent and family therapy.  They will introduce the techniques of child therapy – dealing with resistance, and confronting and interpreting defenses, and working with transference and countertransference to arrive at understanding and therapeutic action for change. Participant discussion is welcomed.

The course will be held online as a two-way secure, HIPAA-compliant live videoconference using the Zoom videoconference platform, requiring only a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone with a camera/microphone and internet access.

Register for individual sessions or for the full series.

Program Chair

Jill Scharff M.D.

Program Date(s):

January 17, 2021 - April 18, 2021

Course Schedule

Sundays 12:00—1:30 p.m. US ET; to register for individual sessions, click on the Register next to the date in the schedule

17 Jan
Dream, Play and Fantasy
Jill Scharff and Garrick Fuller
31 Jan
Resistance and the No-Entry Defense
Jeanne Magagna and Nancy Bakalar
21 Feb
Narrative of a Pre-oedipal/Oedipal Child Analysis
Jill Scharff and Ana Maria Barroso
07 Mar
Transference/ Countertransference:
Narrative of a Latency Child in Psychotherapy and in Analysis
David Scharff and Flora Barragan
28 Mar
Interpretation and Working through in an Adolescent Analysis
Caroline Sehon and Anabella Brostella
18 Apr
Child and Adolescent Family Dynamics
Elizabeth Palacios and Janine Wanlass

Program Faculty

Educational Objectives

Participants will be able to:

Dream, Play and Fantasy

  • List and elaborate three ways of reaching the unconscious
  • Give two contrasting definitions of a fantasy from four analytic traditions

Resistance and the No-Entry defense:

  • Describe one example from their own clinical work, showing how one patient used the No Entry Defense.
  • Select and elaborate one reason that patient needed to use it.

Narrative of a Pre-oedipal/Oedipal Child Analysis

  • Identify one fantasy typical of the phallic narcissistic stage and two fantasies typical of the oedipal stage.
  • Apply two kinds of play technique useful in the elaboration of the child’s oedipal conflict.

Transference/Countertransference: Narrative of a Latency Child in Psychotherapy and in Analysis

  • Identify three problematic affects children may bring to sessions in the process of communicating about aspects of their internal worlds.
  • Develop a transgenerational relational framework to help psychotherapists work with two types of transference in the conduct of analytic psychotherapy.

Interpretation and Working through in an Adolescent Analysis

  • Define two ways of applying Bionian concepts of container/contained, maternal reverie, and the development of thinking, when conducting an adolescent analysis.
  • Describe two ways that Bion’s thinking and non-thinking states provide a useful framework to understand adolescent development and inform clinical technique.

Child and Adolescent Family Dynamics

  • Apply three of Bion’s ideas about basic assumption groups to conceptualize family functioning
  • Describe four common family dynamics that facilitate or inhibit development of the child

Continuing Education Credit Hours

The course provides 9 hours CE credit (1.5 CE credits per session)


Click here to Register

To register for individual sessions, click on the link within the schedule above.

Tuition and Fees

Full Course
Fee: $272

Discounted IPI Full and Associate Member Fee: $231

Individual Sessions

Fee: $48

Discounted IPI Full and Associate Member Fee: $41

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

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Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

Jill Scharff M.D. -

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 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 #SW-0299.

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.