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Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Program

There are two routes to becoming a child and adolescent analyst. The traditional route is for those already accepted into the adult training program. The Child Focus candidates are accepted into SFCP as child candidates only.


Child and Adolescent Seminars

Both groups of candidates take the seminars with the adult candidates for years 1 and 2 of their training. In year 2, weekly child seminars are added. In years 3 and 4, Child Focus candidates need not take all of the adult program seminars. All child candidates will take weekly child seminars in years 3 and 4. All child candidates take three years of child case conferences. The child-adult case conference contributes to this requirement. All candidates take the Preceptorship seminar and write a psychoanalytic paper.


Didactic Seminar 2010-2011

Thursdays 8:00 – 9:45 a.m., (and occasional weekends)

This year offers candidates an exposure to several Kleinian analysts making use of teleconferencing. Robin Anderson will introduce us to modifications of Adult Kleinian technique for work with children. Anne Alvarez, Mirta Oelsner and Robert Oelsner will cover a comparison of the concepts of defense from neoKleinian, Bionian, Contemporary Ego Psychology and Object Relations perspectives. Reexamining aspects of the concept of defense will include looking at the processes of adaptation, addiction, and autistic and narcissistic processes in children. We will reconsider diagnostic categories with attention to different clinical ways of addressing a range of neurotic, borderline and psychotic functioning.

Mary Brady will cover body based symptoms and eating disorders in adolescence. Jill Miller will bring her expertise from her training at the Anna Freud Center as well as her current thinking about developing a therapeutic alliance. Additional seminars will be on current articles, led by Christina Lapides and Janis Baeuerlen.


Introduction to Child Analysis III 2010-2011

This class is for Child Focus Candidates in the first year of their training. It is also open to SFCP candidates and members, and IPA-trained analysts who are considering becoming child candidates. It is also open to child therapists who are interested in the Child Focus Program.

This year we pursue working, from an analytic perspective, with the parents of children in analysis. We will look at this issue from several theoretical orientations. Participants are encouraged to bring in clinical material from their cases. The faculty will make use of their analytic cases as well.

Faculty: Jan Baeuerlen, M.D. and Tina Lapides L.C..S.W.


Child Colloquia

Child Colloquia are arranged yearly with local and visiting child analysts who present clinical and theoretical material related to child analysis. These colloquia are required of all candidates, and
are open to all post graduates and others in the mental health community. These are usually on Saturday mornings. This year‘s speakers include Mary Target, Tom Barrett, Susan Donner, Mary Brady, Mark Scott and Terry Owens.



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