South American Authors on Child Psychotherapy and Child Analysis

This day-long seminar is a unique opportunity for child therapists to learn from South American ideas about child analysis otherwise not fully accessible except in Spanish Language.


This one-day distance learning course is designed for child therapists, child analysts, and adult therapists who want to enrich their work with adults by applying insights from child development to understanding early pre-Oedipal and Oedipal stage transference. The course is organized according to the educational goal of broadening knowledge of an overlooked area of relevance to child analysis and child psychotherapy, and each section of the day-long program is designed to meet specific learning objectives.

The contributions of South American authors Liberman, Kancyper, the Grinbergs and Arminda Aberastury will be presented by bilingual child psychotherapists Palacios (Spain), Barragán (Mexico), Brostella and Setton (Panama), and Pichon Rivière (Argentina) so that English speaking child analysts and child psychotherapists can have access to their thinking and discuss the concepts and their clinical application in the large group and in break-out rooms.

Program Chair

Anabella de Brostella, Ph.D.

Program Date(s):

February 4, 2021


10:00-11:15 am ET

On Creativity: Rebeca Grinberg
Communicative Interaction: David Liberman
Elizabeth Palacios

11:30 am – 12:45 pm ET

The Fraternal Complex: Luis Kancyper
Anabella de Brostella

2:00-3:00 pm ET

Breakout group discussions using the Group Affective Model
Child Program Faculty

3:15-4:45 pm ET

Theory and Technique of Child Psychoanalysis: Arminda Aberastury
Lea Setton
Arminda as child analyst, my mother, and first wife of Pichon-Rivière
Joaquin Pichon Rivière

5:00-6:00 pm ET

Psychotherapy with a drug dependent adolescent, initially supervised by a South American analyst
Flora Barragán

6:10-6:40 pm ET


Program Faculty

Educational Objectives

After attending this immersion day-long seminar, participants will be able to:

On Creativity: Rebeca Grinberg
Communicative Interaction:  David Liberman 

  • Name four contributors, and define their contributions, to the theory of identity formation
  • Define the Grinbergs’ three integrating links in the process of identity formation
  • Name three possible unconscious factors underlying the patient’s ignoring of the analyst
  • Name two reactions the analyst may have to the erotism of the hysterical state

The Fraternal Complex: Luis Kancyper

  • List and define the four functions of the fraternal complex in development of individual psychic structure
  • Give one feature of the Centauric relationship
  • Discuss two effects of birth order on sibling relationships

Breakout group discussions using the Group Affective Model

  • Describe one concept from South American literature useful in child therapy
    • Integrate your own emotional response and the group response to that one concept
    • Give one example of its application in your own practice

Theory and Technique of Child Psychoanalysis: Arminda Aberastury
Arminda as child analyst, my mother, and first wife of Pichon Rivière

  • Name three aspects of the game to interpret in terms specific to the analytic context
  • Select one toy and list at least two different symbolic meanings the toy may have
  • List three points of difference in psychoanalytic thinking of A. Freud and Klein
  • Describe two aspects of Arminda’s personal life that influenced her approach

Psychotherapy with a drug dependent adolescent, initially supervised by a South American analyst

  • List two ways in which ADHD/impulsivity and one way in which loss of a parent in latency combine to create disorganization and self-destructiveness in adolescence
  • List one clinically effective technique developed by one South American child analyst, for use in therapy of an adolescent


  • Compare and contrast the work of three major South American theorists
  • Examine two aspects of South American theory and culture that enrich understanding of children


Continuing Education Credit Hours

Attendance in the full day provides 6.5 CE credit hours

Attendance at only the case study presentation from 5:00pm-6:00pm ET provides 1 CE credit hour


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Once you’ve clicked the Register Now button on the registration page, you will have the option for either the Full Day or the Case Study only

Tuition and Fees

Full Day – $150

Discounted fee for IPI Full and Associate Members – $127.50

Case Study only – Free

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.

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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.