The Child in the Family

One day intensive videoconference training presented in coordination between our November Weekend Conference guests and Child Psychoanalysis/Child Psychotherapy Program faculty.


Whether you are a child therapist or analyst who wants to immerse yourself in a day of thinking with colleagues about working with the child in the family, or an adult psychotherapist or analyst who wants to get in touch with the childhood origins of adult difficulty, this one-day course is for you, and for any mental health professional who works with, or is interested in, a psychoanalytic perspective on clinical work with children and their families.  Child and adult psychotherapists and analysts will find it relevant to their respective client populations.

We will explore our facility for playing and applying interpretive play technique to work with individual children and to access the early memories of adults in treatment.  The focus will be on the individual child or adolescent, but we will consider that individual in the family dynamic and cultural context.  One guest faculty member will discuss a student presentation on working with siblings and parents, and two IPI faculty members will present their own work with individuals in family therapy.

Those who attend the course and fill out the evaluation form will earn 5 CE units.

Program Chair

Jill Savege Scharff, MD

Program Date(s):

November 10, 2022 - November 10, 2022


Thursday November 10, 2022 

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction: Jill Scharff
9:00 – 10:15 am The Child in the Family: Play and Interpretive Technique  Jill Scharff
10:15 – 10:30 am             Refreshment Break
10:30 – 11:45 am Working with Separate Individuals in a Family Presenter: Claire Stoecker
Discussant: Elizabeth Palacios
11:45 am – 2:00 pm             Lunch  
2:00 – 3:05 pm Understanding an angry boy and his family David Scharff
3:05 – 3:30 pm             Refreshment Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Silent Winter, Emerging Spring: Courtney and Her Family Janine Wanlass
4:30 – 5:00 pm Plenary IPI Child Combined Program Chair:Janine Wanlass

Program Faculty

Flora Barragán

Ana Maria Barroso

Anabella Brostella

David Scharff

Janine Wanlass
Faculty, Child Combined Program Chair

Elizabeth Palacios
Guest Faculty

Claire Stoecker

Educational Objectives

After attending, participants will be able to:

  • Identify gaps in knowledge and fine-tune objectives
  • Use one toy to establish contact with a child
  • Use one image created by a child, and work with the child toward verbalization of its meaning
  • Describe one family dynamic and discuss its varied expression in two of its members
  • Discuss one pro and one con of family work conducted without the whole family present
  • Select one game suitable for the family of a latency child and show how it brings the family dynamic into the session
  • Present one epigenetic and one environmental factor contributing to conduct disorder
  • Describe two ways family problems are evidenced in an adolescent’s symptoms
  • Discuss two indicators for combined child and family work in treating a depressed adolescent
  • Select one concept or technique presented this day, and apply it to their own practice
  • Discuss the impact of two family structures on the psychic structure of two of it children in childhood and adulthood

Continuing Education Credit Hours

5 CE credits

Tuition and Fees


General Registration: $150

IPI Member Registration: $127.50

Child Program Students: $0
(this course is included in your annual tuition)

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at any level and you will have the option of adding on a 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 an optional add on for all IPI 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 “+ Zoom Pro” 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 “+ Zoom Pro” 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:

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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 #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.