This two-year clinical training program is designed for working child and/or adolescent mental health therapists to increase their professional competence and become more effective in dealing with the complex challenges faced daily in their practice. The clinical and theoretical seminars are taught by our accomplished faculty. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the Program.

Admission Requirements

The program is open to all applicants who hold a current license to practice and to interns who practice under the auspices of a licensed supervisor. Psychiatric residents must have completed their first post- graduate year of training. For the highly qualified non-licensed applicant, occasional exceptions are made on a case by case basis. A personal interview is required prior to acceptance in the Program.

For more information about this Program, please contact one of the following:
Van Dyke DeGolia, MD  •  310-826-1915
Katharine Gould, LCSW  •  310-451-9999


Classes meet weekly on Tuesday 8:30 AM-11:30 AM and include bi-monthly consultation on child/adolescent cases. The coursework incorporates readings from classical and contemporary theorists and research. Clinical examples demonstrate the theoretical concepts and developmental theories presented in each class.

First Year Curriculum
  • An overview of the techniques of child therapy
  • The first interview and beginning phase
  • Assessment of parent/child attachment and developmental history
  • Application of the basic psychoanalytic principles such as the setting, the play space, the therapeutic alliance, enactments, counter-transference, the use of fantasy, play, and dreams and termination
  • Psychoanalytic theory of development from birth through latency

Second Year Curriculum
  • Developmental Psychopathology, including Separation Anxiety, School Refusal, Depression, Emotional Disregulation, Developmental Delays, Oppositional and Aggressive Behavior, Anxiety and Identity Issues
  • Psychoanalytic Technique working with adolescents and their families
  • Psychoanalytic Theory of Development from puberty through adolescence
  • Case Conference

This Program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

Tuition and Fees
Application Fee (non-refundable): $50
Late Application Fee (received after July 31; non-refundable): $75
Annual Tuition: $2,000

Payment of $1000.00 is due at enrollment and before each subsequent semester. Tuition includes bi-monthly consultation.


Students may use the Alexander-Simmel Library, a collection of psychoanalytic research material - journals, books, audio tapes, film and the PEP web archive. The library includes all basic readings required for the seminars.

Students are invited to all Center activities. Graduates of this program are eligible to become affiliate members of the New Center.