Child Psychotherapy fellowship

WBCP is not accepting applications for the Child Fellowship Program at this time.

The Child Fellowship Program is a one-year program specifically designed for child mental health professionals who are interested in deepening their understanding of working with children from a psychoanalytic or psychodynamic perspective. The program is tuition-free. Detailed discussions of actual clinical work with children and reviews of relevant psychoanalytic literature will be used as a framework to enhance understanding and ability to carry out therapeutic work.

Topics covered will include

  • Issues in diagnostic understanding and treatment planning with
    children and adolescents.
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children.
  • Professional and ethical issues in child psychotherapy.
  • Work with children who are traumatized, learning disabled, and from diverse cultures.
  • Work with parents and families.
  • Case discussions.

Who should apply?

  • Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors) currently working with children in psychotherapy.
  • Recent graduates of training programs.

Educational Objectives

Participants in the Fellowship should expect to develop

  • Familiarity with contemporary psychodynamic strategies and approaches to psychotherapy with children and adolescents in all stages of psychological development.
  • Enhanced abilities to develop a psychoanalytically-oriented formulation of a child’s conflicts and to use this formulation to develop an appropriate treatment plan for the child.
  • Deeper capacities of understand the complexity of the child’s communications during the therapeutic hour.
  • Increased understanding of parent-child dynamics and heightened effectiveness in work with a child’s parents and family.
  • Awareness of the unique problems of and appropriate techniques for the treatment of children with special difficulties (learning disabilities, eating disorders, adoption, trauma and abuse) and various diagnoses (autistic spectrum, and pervasive developmental disorder, Borderline and narcissistic pathology, oppositional defiant disorder).

Child Fellowship Program Directors


Charles E. Parks, Ph.D., (301) 320-3266

Dr. Parks is a Teaching analyst and a Supervising Child and Adolescent Analyst at the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, where he chairs the Child Division of the Institute’s Psychoanalytic Training Program. He is also on the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University Psy.D. Program. Dr. Parks maintains a private practice in Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD.


Laurie S. Orgel, M.D., (410) 296-9033

Dr. Orgel is on the teaching faculty of the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She maintains a private practice in Baltimore, MD.

Fellowship meetings will be held monthly, September through May, on the second Wednesday of every month, at the homes of Baltimore and Washington faculty members.

The Application Process

Those interested in applying to the Child Fellowship Program should submit the following information by July 15:

  • A short personal essay (two pages maximum) describing the development of your interest in psychoanalytic and/or psychodynamic approaches to understanding and working with children.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional having direct knowledge of your therapeutic work with children.

Please send completed applications to

Child Fellowship Program
Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis
14900 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 202
Laurel, MD 20707

For telephone inquires, call the Institute at:

(301) 470-3635 or (410) 792-8060

Selected Introductory courses will be open to individuals who have completed, or are taking, our psychotherapy courses or fellowship program.