Foundations of Child Psychoanalysis – Clinical Applications

Child Psychoanalytic Training (CPT)
2020-21, 2nd Trimester — Fridays, 10:15-11:45am
Julie Wood, MA


This course is a clinical case conference. Clinical material will be presented by each CA and from the instructor (distinguishing it from the third trimester’s Continuous Case Conference). We will focus on the clinical applications of the material learned in the previous trimester’s course on foundations of child psychoanalysis. We will foster a multi-theoretical perspective by looking at the same clinical material from multiple theoretical lenses. There are few assigned readings and there is space for us to talk together about issues you want to address, so the syllabus is a live document for us to change to meet your training needs and interests.

December 4, 2020 — Technique in Child Analysis

Ablon, S.L. (2001). The Work of Transformation: Changes in Technique since Anna Freud’s Normality and Pathology in Childhood. Psychoanal. St. Child, 56:27-38.

Yanof, J.; Harrison, A. (2017). “Technique in Child Analysis” in Textbook of Psychoanalysis. Edited by Glen Gabbard, Bonnie Litowitz, Paul Williams. New Dellhi, India, CBS Publishers. pp333-348.

December 11, 2020 — Getting Started and Recommendation for Analysis

Novick, K.K. Novick, J. (2002). Parent Work in Analysis II—Children, Adolescents, and Adults: Recommendation, Beginning, and Middle Phases of Treatment. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 2(1):1-27.

January 8, 2021 — Getting Started and the Environment

Tour our offices and materials via Zoom. Case material.

January 15, 2021 — Opening Phase with Children

January 22, 2021 — Case Material

January 29, 2021 — Case Material

February 5, 2021 — Intersectionality in child work

Saketopoulou, A. (2011). Minding the gap: Intersections between gender, race, and class in
work with gender variant children. In Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(2), pp. 192-209

February 19, 2021 — Psychopharmacology

Presenter: Ellika McGuire, MD

Whitman, L. (2015). Child Psychotherapy, Child Analysis, and Medication. Psychoanal. St. Child, 69:394-415

February 26, 2021 — Dreams

Ablon, S.L. and Mack, J.E. (1980). Children’s Dreams Reconsidered. Psychoanal. St. Child, 35:179-217.

March 5, 2021 — Case Material

March 12, 2021 — Summary and Closure