Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (The CAP Program)

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Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (The CAP Program)2020-03-02T17:30:25-04:00
IPTAR’s innovative three-year certificate program offers a contemporary, psychoanalytically informed perspective on work with children, adolescents and their families. The program focuses on psychotherapy, play therapy and working with parents while integrating advances in the fields of child development, neuropsychology, trauma and infant–parent research.

Our program is designed for professionals who wish to gain a greater psychodynamic understanding of children and adolescents and deepen their own capacities to practice  psychotherapy. The program is complementary to IPTAR’s Training Program in Adult Psychoanalysis. It is possible to enroll in both simultaneously.

CAP Curriculum

The CAP three-year curriculum integrates theoretical learning with clinical practice. Two courses are offered Monday evenings throughout the academic year; classes are usually held at the instructor’s office.


The first year is devoted to learning the fundamentals of the psychoanalytically informed approach to working with children, adolescents and their families. It includes courses in assessment, psychoanalytic theory of child and adolescent development, theory and technique of child psychotherapy and play therapy, work with parents, and understanding transference and counter transference. To see the course offered during the first year, click on:

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 2016-2017, First Year Course Grid

The second year of course work is dedicated to conceptualizing the treatment of a wide spectrum of childhood and adolescent disorders, among them the psychotic, borderline, narcissistic, autistic and developmental disorders. Courses on technique with infants and toddlers and dyadic treatment are included as well as course work on technique with adolescents and their families.

The second weekly class is a case seminar. Candidates have the opportunity to present and discuss their cases with their classmates and faculty.

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program, 2016-2017, Second Year Course Grid

The third year deepens the technique of child therapy by integrating different theoretical perspectives and focusing on some specialized areas. The contributions of D. W. Winnicott and Melanie Klein are studied. Courses on neuropsychology and learning disorders are offered, as well as a case seminar on trauma, and a course on loss, mourning and termination.

Monday night’s case seminars continue to offer candidates the opportunity for group supervision.

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program, 2016-2017, Third Year Course Grid

Candidates who have finished their course work, but who have not yet completed the requirements for their training cases, continue in a monthly group supervision seminar. There are also opportunities for elective courses and seminars for graduates and advanced candidates.

Clinical Component

The program requires that a candidate complete two training cases under weekly individual supervision: one case seen for a minimum of once a week for 2 years, and a second case seen for a minimum of two times a week for 2 years.

Candidates have the flexibility of choosing their training cases from a variety of settings including their place of employment, their private practice, the IPTAR Clinical Center (ICC) and any of the IPTAR On-Site School Programs.

Candidates also have the opportunity to gain more experience by seeing additional cases at the IPTAR Clinical Center or On-Site School Programs. Pro bono supervision is offered for these non-training ICC and On-Site School Program cases.

Upon completion of the training cases, a final report is written on one of the cases, followed by a final oral presentation to a committee. An important aspect of the training is the candidate’s personal therapy, which prepares them for clinical work.

CAP Lecture Series

The Monday evening classes are supplemented twice a year by program meetings. The larger IPTAR community and other interested professionals are invited to these lectures:


For more information about The Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program, please contact:

Kate Muldowney, LCSW

Director of CAP



Mary Tirolo, LCSW

Admissions Chair



CAP Faculty and Supervisors


Daisy E. Alter, Ph.D.

Christine Apuzzo, LCSW

Delia Battin, LCSW

Jill Bellinson, Ph.D.

Phyllis Beren, Ph.D.

Susan S. Berger, Psy.D.

Bettina Buschel, D.A.

Barbara W. Dorlester, Ph.D.

Ranny Goldfarb, LCSW

Carole Grand, Ph.D.

Rena Greenblatt, Ph.D.

Laura Kleinerman, M.S.

Kathy Krauthamer, Ph.D.

Kate Muldowney, LCSW

Sally Moskowitz, Ph.D.

Kate Oram, Ph.D.

Miriam Pierce, LCSW

Richard Reichbart Ph.D.

Carla Bauer Rentrop, Ph.D.

Marilyn Rifkin, LCSW

Lynne S. Rubin, Ph.D.

Madelon Sann, LCSW

Esther Savitz, LCSW

Debra Schnall, LCSW

Susannah F. Shopsin, LCSW

Phyllis L. Sloate, Ph.D.

Marjory Slobetz, LCSW

Donna Roth Smith, LCSW

Rogelio Sosnick, M.D.

Sujatha Subramanian, Ph.D.

Aaron Thaler, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Tingley, Ph.D.

Mary A. Tirolo, LCSW

Ken Winarick, Ph.D.

Leni Winn, LCSW

Randi Wirth, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturers

Anne Alvarez Ph.D.

Christine Premmereur M.D. Ph.D.

Beatrice Beebe Ph.D.

Elizabeth Young-Breuhl Ph.D.

BJ Casey Ph.D.

Monica Carsky Ph.D.

Susan Coates Ph.D.

Aaron Esman M.D.

Theodore Jacobs M.D.

Jeffrey M. Halperin Ph.D.

Alexandra Harrison M.D.

Trudy Klauber

Linda Mayes M.D.

Sally Moskowitz M.D.

Karen Proner M.A.

John Rosegrant Ph.D.

Arietta Slade Ph.D.

Miriam Steele Ph.D.

Mary Target Ph.D.

Edward Tronick Ph.D.

Biddy Youell

Kirkland Vaughans Ph.D.

To see the Child and Adolescent Program Brochure click on  2013 CAP Brochure.

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