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.
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:
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. To see the courses offered during the second year, click on :
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. To see the courses offered in the third year, click on:
Beyond the Third Year
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.
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 own personal therapy which prepares him or her to do 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:
- “The Visiting Lecturer Series” offers presentations by leading clinicians, theorists and researchers in the field.
- “The Child Therapist at Work Series” is a formal clinical case presentation by CAP candidates, graduates and faculty.
Graduation and On-Going Involvement
A certificate is awarded at the IPTAR graduation upon successful completion of the program.
Graduates of CAP are eligible to become IPTAR Affiliate Members and part of the larger collegial community. IPTAR’s active community offers stimulating conferences, advanced courses and seminars, study-groups, and special events.
Applicants should have a Masters or Doctoral degree in a mental health profession.
Candidates are expected to be in or to be prepared to begin or to have completed their own personal psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Two admissions interviews are required.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition is $2600 a year, which includes access to psychoanalytic literature on line at pep-web.org.
Supervision fees for training cases are additional.
For more information about the program please contact:
Phyllis Beren, Ph.D. Susan S. Berger, Psy.D.
CAP FACULTY and SUPERVISORS
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.
Allan Frosch, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kirkland Vaughans Ph.D.
To see the Child and Adolescent Program Brochure click on 2013 CAP Brochure.
IPTAR is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of relations with it’s members and candidates, without regard to age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.