Introduction to Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Introduction to psychodynamic child/adolescent psychotherapy. Live online course, for beginning and experienced therapists, graduate students. CE credit

Program Chair

Jill Savege Scharff, MD and Janine Wanlass, PhD

6 session sampler course: Saturday afternoons 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm US Eastern Standard Time

January- March, 2019

ONLINE using secure video conference on Zoom

At each meeting, there will be a short presentation on an aspect of development and clinical technique with children, followed by clinical illustration and group discussion. Participants and the IPI child faculty teacher will share vignettes from clinical practice or professional situations. Comments, questions, and conversation encouraged.

Who should apply?

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

Texts for the course:

All readings will be provided


Course registrants will be asked to evaluate the course week by week in terms of learning objectives, value of readings, teacher’s ability to clarify concepts and facilitate group discussion

Course Goals:

  • To improve skills and/or theory base in working with children
  • To Increase knowledge of psychoanalytic treatment approaches for a variety of childhood disorders and developmental levels.
  • To assess interest in in-depth training to work psychodynamically with children and adolescents.

Educational Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of transference
  • Give an example of a countertransference-based interpretation
  • Distinguish the goals of couple therapy and parent counseling
  • Give an example of a family group dynamic
  • Describe a child’s symptom as it emerges in the school environment
  • Give one reason for contacting a child’s teacher
  • Describe the concept of developmental delay
  • Give an example of a 5-year-old’s play choices
  • Discuss the symbols in a 10-year-old’s drawing
  • Give an example of a typical latency defense
  • Assess suicidal intent
  • Give an example of gathering the transference from teenage complaints about parents
26 Jan
A psychodynamic approach to child therapy
Jill Scharff MD
16 Feb
Working with parents and families
Anabella Brostella PhD and Carl Bagnini MSW, BCD
23 Feb
Working with schools and agencies
Janine Wanlass PhD
02 Mar
Working with children under 5 years old
Caroline Sehon MD
09 Mar
Working with latency age children
David Scharff MD
16 Mar
Working with teenagers
Ana Maria Barroso MD

Program Faculty


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Course registrants may also apply for IPI membership which gives PEPWEB access. Learn more about membership here.

Continuing Education Credit

Full Course provides 6 credit hours

Tuition and Fees


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.

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.

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