The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program is a course of study exploring the clinical and theoretical aspects of the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. A limited number of spaces are available to students who wish to pursue only course work without the clinical component.



PSYCHIATRY: M.D. from an accredited medical school and psychiatric residency. State license procured or license eligible.

PSYCHOLOGY: Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.

SOCIAL WORK: M.S.W. or Ph.D. in Social Work from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.

NURSE PRACTITIONER: N.P. from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.

• Other MENTAL HEALTH professionals from accredited programs, Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Therapist, Creative Arts Therapist. State license procured or license eligible.

Admission is by application and interviews. Applications should be submitted by June 1 of the academic year. Each applicant must have current professional liability insurance.



COURSE WORK: The two year academic program is organized as a trimester system with one course per trimester. The course meets for one hour and twenty minutes for 11 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:20 PM. On the twelfth Tuesday of each trimester candidates attend a Town Meeting where WCSPP candidates, graduates, and faculty assemble for discussion.

SUPERVISION: A minimum of 80 hours of faculty supervision are required over two years. In order to earn credit, candidates must have at least 40 hours with the same faculty supervisor.

CLINICAL REQUIREMENT: Candidates are required to provide treatment on a weekly basis to patients. Training patients are assigned through the Psychotherapy Service for a minimum of 80 hours over two years. Upon graduation, training patients may be transferred to the candidate’s private practice.

FEES: There is an annual $75 registration fee for each academic year to cover administrative costs. Course tuition is $525 per course per trimester; tuition is to be paid prior to the start of each trimester. If needed, individual payment plans can be arranged with prior approval. Supervision is $50 per individual session.




FALL: In the Beginning – This course examines the fundamentals of working with children and adolescents. The focus is both practical and theoretical and covers a variety of clinical issues ranging from setting up a playroom to working with families, and understanding the nature of play.
Syllabi Available to Download First Year Fall – In the Beginning, Gibson

WINTER: Approaches to Child Psychotherapy – This course uses a case study approach to understand the process of change in child psychotherapy. Readings include published case reports by therapists of different theoretical orientations to study the nature of effective clinical work with children.
Syllabi Available to Download First Year Winter – Approaches to Child Psychotherapy, Barish

SPRING: Approaches to Adolescent Psychotherapy – This course reviews early theoretical understandings of adolescence, examines contemporary research on normal adolescent development, and explores modern theoretical conceptions of adolescence. The course then focuses on contemporary adolescent treatment from interpersonal, self-psychological and post-Freudian as well as DBT/mind-body viewpoints.
Syllabi Available to Download First Year Spring – Approaches to Adolescent Psychotherapy, Stuntz



FALL: Child Development – This course emphasizes the relevance of attachment theory for enriching the psychotherapist’s understanding of the child’s behavior and sense of self. It includes a review of the history of attachment theory, comparisons with other theories of development, and the impact of this model on psychotherapy with children.
Syllabi Available to Download Second Year Fall – Child_Development, Kellner

WINTER: Disorders of Childhood – This survey course considers the problems of childhood that typically lead to a consultation. The course considers ways of thinking about psychopathology and looks at children’s difficulties from the vantage points of attachment theory, neuropsychology, and affect regulation. Theoretical material is linked with clinical material in classroom discussion.
Syllabi Available to Download Second Year Winter – Disorders of Childhood, LaManna

SPRING: Working with Parents – Helping parents think about their children can offer significant benefit alongside of and/or as a corollary to individual clinical work with children. This course provides readings as springboards for discussing how to involve parents in the work and help them through different modalities to develop their own successful styles. Clinical material is focused on promoting and realizing these goals.
Syllabi Available to Download Second Year Spring – Working with Parents, Bloomgarden



“From the beginning of my training in WCSPP’s Child and Adolescent Program and then my years in WCSPP’s Psychoanalytic Training, my experience of the community has been one of the utmost respect and encouragement to get involved.  Beyond the serious professional training, WCSPP is an extremely rewarding experience. – Geri Friedman, LCSW