Child & Adolescent Psychoanalysis

Co-Chair: Claudia Lament Ph.D.
Co-Chair: Kimberly Chu, L.C.S.W.

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IPE offers training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis. Graduates of this program are eligible for certification as a child and adolescent analyst by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Staffed by a highly qualified faculty of child and adolescent analysts, a number of whom are leaders in the field, the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis has gained a national reputation for the quality of its educational program.

The curriculum includes didactic instruction in the theory and technique of child and adolescent psychoanalysis, continuous case seminars, and supervised psychoanalytic work.


Admission is open to graduates and candidates of institutes of the American Psychoanalytic Association and institutes affiliated with the International Psychoanalytical Association. Candidates in adult psychoanalytic training who are interested in child analysis may concurrently attend a monthly ongoing child seminar, and may apply to join the child training program. Although candidates are best prepared to enter the child program after completing two years of the adult program, applicants may be considered for admission earlier in their adult training, depending on their previous professional experience.

Components of Training

The Child Program course work consists of two years of classes conducted on a weekly basis for three trimesters. The training program is integrated with the Institute's Division of Adult Psychoanalysis so that many prerequisites for child training are covered in the candidate's four years of adult classes. Child courses given in the adult program include theoretical and clinical courses on child development and treatment, psychoanalytic theories of development, and infant and child observation. Pre-latency, latency, and adolescent stages of development are covered in the adult classes on developmental theory, clinical technique, and case conferences. Candidates and graduates from other institutes who wish to enter the Child and Adolescent program can discuss their training curriculum with the Division Chair prior to entering the program in order to insure that they have been exposed to core courses in developmental concepts in their adult program.

Supervised Clinical Work 
Candidates treat a minimum of three cases (pre-latency, latency, and adolescent) in supervised analyses. It is highly desirable for candidates in the child and adolescent program to be in a personal analysis when they begin this clinical work. Institute candidates in the Adult Division who enter the child program may, with the approval of the Student Progression committee and the Child Progression Committee, begin a supervised child or adolescent analytic case at any point during their adult classes.

Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements from the Child and Adolescent Program are similar to those in the Division of Adult Psychoanalysis: analytic maturity and the capacity for independent analytic work. This includes having successfully completed the didactic curriculum and demonstrated analytic competence in supervised and unsupervised clinical work with at least three cases (as evidenced by supervisors' written evaluations and the candidate's own written summaries of his or her cases). A terminated case is not required. It is essential that at least one of the candidate's current cases is headed for satisfactory termination.

Fees and Tuition 

Annual Tuition: $650 (subject to change)

Fees for Child Psychoanalytic Supervision:
Fees for supervision are arranged with and paid directly to the training or supervising analyst. Training and supervising analysts will consider reductions in their standard fees.

ACCME Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE). The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1 credit per classroom hour of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.