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Child & Adolescent Supervisory Analysts

BPSI’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Training Program, the only training program for child psychoanalysis in Boston, includes an internationally recognized faculty of Supervising Child Analysts. Taught by faculty from BPSI, 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, psychologists, and licensed mental health clinicians 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 five-year curriculum of theoretical and clinical seminars
  • Three or more supervised psychoanalyses of children/adolescents, 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 and Thursday evenings.