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 his or her individual identity as a psychoanalyst.

The full child analysis curriculum consists of eight seminars. Candidates take one child analysis seminar during each semester; two seminars per year. Seminars are either ten or twelve weeks in length and are taught on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Adult Candidates may take child analytic courses concurrently with their adult courses.

Electives in child analytic topics are occasionally offered on other evening and are open to both adult and child candidates and can serve as credit for the overall child analytic program.

Required seminars include:

  • “The History of Technique in Child Analysis”
  • “Preparation for Child Analysis and Work with Parents”
  • “Child and Adolescent Psychopathology”
  • Three seminars on technique
  • Two clinical conferences

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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 qualified analyst, one for each case. Candidates choose their supervisors from a list of experienced and vetted child and adolescent supervising psychoanalysts.

Supervision Guidelines

  • Supervised cases consists of at least four-times-per-week psychoanalysis.
  • Supervisors may be selected from our list of highly qualified BPSI Child and Adolescent Supervising Analysts or, for second and third cases, can choose to work with an Associate Child and Adolescent Supervising Analysts.
  • For graduation, Candidates must undertake three supervised cases, including at least one male and one female child and with children or adolescents from at least two different developmental stages. A minimum of 150 supervisory hours are required, with 60 hours dedicated to one of the three cases.
  • 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.

Click here for the list of our Child and Adolescent (and Associate) Supervising Analysts.

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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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