Child / Adolescent Psychotherapy Training

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The two year Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program is designed to provide candidates with a solid theoretical and clinical foundation in working with children, adolescents and their parents. The program has two components: coursework and clinical training.

Candidates take evening classes. The coursework offers a range of contemporary approaches to psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy relevant to child and adolescent patients as well as to parenting.  Instructors are representatives of various theoretical persuasions informed by relational perspectives.  

Candidates, who must have a license allowing them to practice independently, work with patients from WCSPP’s Psychotherapy Service. Simultaneously, candidates meet weekly with their supervisors. Candidates are encouraged to develop their own personal styles, informed by prior experience, classwork, and supervision in their clinical work.  Personal psychotherapy, in conjunction with advanced training, is strongly recommended.

Candidates without licenses to practice independently may take coursework without the clinical component of the traditional program. A certificate of completion of the program is reserved for those who have completed all requirements in coursework and clinical training.


“I’m grateful to the Child and Adolescent Program for guiding me gently through the early stages of my private practice, expanding my understanding of the clinical work, and providing a supportive group of colleagues”– Joanne Loeb