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The training program in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis has a strong clinical orientation with considerable emphasis given to the vicissitudes of development and to considerations of technique.

Admission Procedures

A Candidate in the Adult Division is eligible to apply to the Child and Adolescent Division after consultation with his or her Faculty Advisor. Application forms may be obtained from the administrative office. After completing the application, the Candidate will be interviewed by a supervisor and a member of the Child and Adolescent Division faculty. In reaching a decision, the Education Committee considers the applicant’s interest, experience and aptitude for analytic work with children and adolescents. Upon admission to the Child and Adolescent Training Program, the Candidate is expected to begin supervision with a Child and Adolescent Supervisor. A Child and Adolescent Faculty Advisor will also be assigned at this time.

Training Requirements for Child and Adolescent Analysis

A Candidate may request permission to begin a first case at any time. Supervision for this case should begin well in advance of the initial meeting with the family or patient. A Candidate concurrently enrolled in the Adult Division and the Child and Adolescent Division will pay a maximum fee of $65 per appointment for supervision. For Candidates enrolled only in the Child and Adolescent Division, the fee is determined by the Candidate and supervisor with no maximum fee established by the Institute. It is desirable that Candidates be in their training analyses during at least part of the period in which they are conducting the analyses of child and/or adolescent control cases.

Although training in the Child Division may be accomplished concurrently with training in adult analysis, the Child Division is flexible with regard to the timing of undertaking and of completing the training.


Progression in the Child and Adolescent Division is determined on an individual basis. During Introductory Status, the Candidate may request permission to begin his/her first child or adolescent case. Promotion to Intermediate Status requires at least one case in analysis and completion of one year of the Child or Adolescent Continuing Case Seminar. Promotion to Advanced Status requires at least two child or adolescent cases in analysis. At each stage of progression, promotion to the next level is based on the Education Committee’s evaluation of the level of the Candidate’s understanding of the analytic process in children and adolescents and the Candidate’s ability to initiate and sustain an analytic process with a child or adolescent patient. Participation in a Child or Adolescent Continuing Case Seminar is required during each year of child analytic training.

Graduation Requirements in the Child and Adolescent Division

Requirements for completing the training program are the supervised analyses of three patients, including one adolescent and two latency or pre-latency children. If both children are pre-latency, the analysis of one must continue into latency. It is highly desirable that both genders be included. The supervision of these cases must comprise a minimum of 150 supervisory hours with reasonable distribution of the hours among the cases and with three Supervisors unless a third supervisor is unavailable. It is highly desirable for the Candidate to work with three Supervisors. Presentation of a case to a continuing case seminar is also required. Graduation is determined on an individual basis and is based on the Candidate’s having demonstrated the capacity for autonomous analytic work with child and adolescent patients.

Progression and Graduation Requirements for Concurrent Training in the Adult and Child and Adolescent Division

Adult Division Candidates may apply to the Child and Adolescent Division at any time during their training. Upon acceptance, a Candidate may embark on concurrent training in both divisions. Adult Division Candidates who have applied and been accepted to the Child and Adolescent Division may fulfill the adult training case requirements for graduation with at least two adult cases, representing both genders, and a third child or adolescent case of either gender. Progression and graduation requirements of both programs remain as previously described for each individual division.

Training Graduation Requirements for Adolescent Analysis Only

Training in Adolescent Analysis Only may be offered to those Candidates who are primarily interested in working with adolescents but prefer not to undertake the analysis of children.
Requirements for completing the Adolescent Only Program include the following:

  1. The supervised analyses of two adolescent patients (work with both genders is highly recommended but not required);
  2. A minimum of 100 hours of supervision with reasonable distribution, with two supervisors;
  3. Two years of attendance at the Adolescent Continuing Case Seminar and presentation of one analysis;
  4. Completion of the course “Concepts and Technique of Adolescent Analysis.”

Attendance is expected at an Adolescent or Child Continuing Case Seminar and/or the Advanced Seminar in Child and Adolescent Analysis until graduation. Graduation is determined on an individual basis and is based on the Candidate’s having demonstrated the capacity for autonomous analytic work with adolescent patients.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for Child and Adolescent courses is charged on a per course basis. Candidates in the Child and Adolescent Division who are also Candidates in the Adult Division pay only the Adult Division tuition for those courses common to both curricula. Additional fees common to both Divisions are listed under tuition and fees in the Adult Division.


Registration is a prerequisite for attendance at any course or seminar.