Child Psychotherapy trainingThe Child Psychotherapy Program is a two-year continuing education program for mental health professionals. This program is designed for psychotherapists who wish to enhance their ability to use psychoanalytic principles in their work with children, adolescents, and their families. This is an advanced level course, intended for degreed child therapists (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurse practitioners). Familiarity with psychoanalytic thinking is a pre-requisite.



Classes meet for 30 weeks each year. Three interlocking components stress the integration of theory with clinical practice.

  • Theoretical Seminars are based on a developmental model, and study the phases of child development and psychopathology through adolescence.
  • Clinical Conferences provide an opportunity to consider the aims and techniques of psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy in a variety of cases which are presented by current program participants.
  • A Continuous Case Conference focuses on each phase of the therapeutic process from evaluation through termination. Child-centered work with parents and play therapy sessions with the child are considered in detail.

A syllabus of readings accompanies the theoretical seminars. Additional readings utilized to emphasize the interface between theory and technique may be suggested in both the Clinical Conferences and the Continuous Case Conference.


Weekly child psychotherapy supervision is provided by faculty members. Supervisory sessions focus primarily on a careful examination of technical issues and therapeutic processes as they develop in selected cases. A major portion of the supervisory experience involves the presentation and discussion of detailed process notes on current psychotherapy cases. Work with parents is also addressed in this component of the program.

Program Co-Directors

Anita Bryce, Ph.D.
Maria G. Steiger, M.D.
Charles Parks, Ph.D.

Faculty Members

 Paula Atkeson, Ph.D.  Earle Baughman, M.D.
 Anita Bryce, Ph.D.  Silvia Bell, Ph.D.
 Joseph Bierman, M.D.  Kim A. Bullcok, M.D.
 Judith Chertoff, M.D.  Diane V. Daum, M.D.
 F. Rodney Drake, Jr., M.D.  Michael Jasnow, Ph.D.
 S. Kalman Kolansky, M.D.  Barry Landau, M.D.
 Robert Lessey, M.D.  H. Michael Meagher, M.D.
 Barbara J. Novak, M.D.  Aimée Nover, Ph.D.
 Robert Nover, M.D.  Charles Parks, Ph.D.
 Laurie S. Orgel, M.D.  Maria G. Steiger, M.D.
 Arthur Stein, M.D.  William Wimmer, M.D.



The application fee is $100. This fee is not refundable but will be applied toward the tuition of accepted students.

Tuition is $900 per semester.

Applications are now being considered. A prompt expression of your interest will facilitate the admissions process and the scheduling of admissions interviews.


Application forms for the next class may be obtained by contacting one of the Program Co-Directors:

Anita K. Bryce, Ph.D. (703) 734-9287

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

Maria G. Steiger, M.D. (301) 738-7699

You may also request an application form by or by clicking here and mailing the completed form to the Institute administrative office at 14900 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 102, Laurel, Maryland 20707.

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The American Psychoanalytic Association and the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit per hour in category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. Disclosure information is on record indicating that participating faculty members have no significant financial relationships to disclose.

The Institute is a component of the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. The Institute is recognized by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing education activities. The Institute is recognized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of continuing education activities.