WELCOME TO BPSI’S CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOANALYSIS TRAINING PROGRAM

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 three 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.

While we do not have a “Child Only” program at BPSI, our training is available to candidates and graduates of adult psychoanalytic programs with a background in work with children and adolescents. Those newly embarking on a psychoanalytic course of studies can apply to our Joint Training Program, where candidates train simultaneously in adult and child and adolescent psychoanalysis. In addition, active Candidates or graduates of BPSI and other psychoanalytic institutes can apply for child training.

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 possess the clinical immersion and didactic experience described in the application appendix. This should include at least one year of training specific to child and adolescent mental health from a recognized treatment center.

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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