BPSI’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Training Program, the only training program for child psychoanalysis in Boston, includes an internationally recognized faculty of nine Supervising Child Analysts and two Associate Supervising Analysts. Taught by joint faculty from BPSI and PINE (Psychoanalytic Center of New England), our program provides Candidates with a multi-faceted exploration of the theories and principles of child psychoanalysis and child development.

Through a combination of personal analysis, close supervision, and a broad exposure to the history of psychoanalytic ideas, theories and theory of technique, BPSI offers a rich training experience in contemporary child analysis.

Child psychoanalysts are psychiatrists, social workers, and psychologists who have extensive training in analytic work with children and families.  Similar to our adult program, our training program in child analysis consists of three major parts, which take place concurrently:

  • A four-year curriculum of theoretical and clinical seminars
  • Three or more supervised psychoanalyses of children, to provide intensive clinical experience
  • A Candidate’s personal analysis to enhance self-understanding and gain a deep appreciation of the dynamic interaction between analyst and patient

Psychoanalytic Candidates draw from their full capacity including their education, creativity, caring, and compassion. By interweaving scholarly training, relevance through applied experience, with intensive one-on-one supervision, BPSI fully prepares graduates for the clinical practice of psychoanalysis and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to many areas of clinical, scholarly, and other professional work.

To enroll, child Candidates must have taken prerequisite courses in child development, generally given during adult psychoanalytic training, or show equivalent competency.

Classes are held Monday nights at BPSI, from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

For more information about the process of applying for Child and Adolescent psychoanalytic training and any questions you might have, including those about eligibility, please contact:

Ellen Blumenthal, MD, Co-Chair Admissions Committee (Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program & Joint Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program):  eb@blumenthal.com or 617-278-9410

Kimberly Boyd, MD, Co-Chair Child & Adolescent Psychoanalysis Training Program: kboydmd@gmail.com or 617-332-2230

Lawrence Brown, PhD, Co-Chair Child & Adolescent Psychoanalysis Training Program drlawrencejbrown@gmail.com or 617-244-7587

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