Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program

NCP's Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program is designed to train clinicians who work with children and adolescents by expanding their theoretical framework and clinical expertise. We believe that a deeper understanding of child development also augments clinical work with adults. Your path to becoming a child and adolescent psychoanalyst begins with a didactic course of study integrating classical, contemporary, and evolving approaches to theory and technique. The curriculum includes a series of clinical seminars, including seminars in child development, continuous case conferences, and a child analytic study group, along with psychoanalytic work with young children and adolescents supervised by locally and nationally recognized child analysts. Our faculty is comprised of child psychoanalysts from the Center and other psychoanalytic programs across the nation. Candidates are encouraged to select advisors from our diverse faculty.

Program Overview

NCP’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program offers a didactic and clinical course of study. The curriculum includes several clinical seminars within the traditional "adult" psychoanalytic curriculum, including Infant Observation, courses in infant, child, adolescent and adult development, Introduction to Child Analysis, Winnicott’s Developmental Theory, Styles of Attachment, and infant, child and adolescent analytic case presentations. Specific courses for the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Program include a twice monthly continuous case seminar and a monthly child study group with clinical associates and child faculty on various topics on theory, technique and psychopathology.

The Faculty of experienced child and adolescent analysts from NCP and other child psychoanalytic centers supervise the clinical cases, ranging from ages 0-21 years. Cases can be developed from the Child Clinical Associate's practice or from NCP's Child and Adolescent Clinic. Funding is available to see low fee cases through the NCP clinic.  Candidates are encouraged to choose any Child Faculty member as their advisor in the Child Program.

NCP also offers a Child-only track in which the Child Clinical Associate completes the core psychoanalytic training curriculum along with the child psychoanalytic curriculum.  The Child Clinical Associate is required to complete three supervised infant, child and/or adolescent control cases. Adult control cases are not required in this track.

For complete details about this training program, please consult the catalog and contact the Center at: .

NCP does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender/gender identification, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and scholarship programs. In accordance with California and federal law, NCP has a policy of nondiscrimination for persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for training.