BPSI’s Child Psychoanalytic training program consists of three major parts, which take place concurrently:


BPSI’s child analysis curriculum engages Candidates by teaching a broad range of classical and contemporary child psychoanalytic theories and techniques. Our classwork embodies a rich and creative experience to advance each Candidate’s knowledge and clinical skills, and to develop their individual identity as a psychoanalyst.

The full child analysis curriculum consists of seminars in theory and technique, topics in child analysis and clinical seminars. Many of the courses are offered on a Thursday evening with the joint curriculum, and some theory, technique, and clinical seminars are on Monday evenings.

Joint Candidates take adult and child analytic courses concurrently. Graduate analysts enrolled only in the child analysis training program will take courses specific to the child analysis curriculum.

To view our current five-year curriculum, please click here.

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As part of their analytic training, BPSI Child Psychoanalysis Candidates will treat at least three child patients in psychoanalysis under supervision from a supervising analyst, one for each case. Candidates choose their supervisors from a list of certified child and adolescent supervising psychoanalysts.

Supervision Guidelines

  • Supervised cases will be seen at a frequency of three to five times per week in psychoanalysis.
  • Supervisors may be selected from our list of BPSI Child and Adolescent Supervising Analysts or associate supervising analysts.
  • For graduation, Candidates must undertake three supervised cases, expected to work with at least 3 cases reflecting a diversity of identity characteristics as well as children from different developmental phases, including at least one child who uses play as a treatment modality.
  • After approval for a third case, Candidates may apply to begin unsupervised cases.
  • For Candidates primarily studying adult psychoanalytic training at BPSI, one child training case may count toward the three supervised cases required to graduate from the Adult Program.

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A Candidate’s personal analysis is a crucial part of through psychoanalytic training, allowing for a richer understanding of one’s own clinical work. While the personal analysis is not required during child analytic training, those Child Candidates who have already concluded their own analysis are encouraged to resume the personal analysis during supervised clinical work with children.

The personal analysis is fully confidential and fees are arranged privately between Candidate and analyst.

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