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 faculty from BPSI, our program provides Candidates with a multi-faceted exploration of the theories and principles of child psychoanalysis and child development.

Our training is only available to candidates and graduates of adult psychoanalytic programs who already have a background in working 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, 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 on Monday and Thursday evenings.

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:

Allen Palmer, MD, Child Analyst Liaison to the Admissions Committee: (617) 965-7077.

Dov Fogel, MD, Co-Chair, Child & Adolescent Psychoanalysis Training Program: dov.fogel@gmail.com or (617) 547-6776.

Anthony Bram, PhD, Co-Chair, Child & Adolescent Psychoanalysis Training Program: anthony_bram@hms.harvard.edu or (781) 862-4984.

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