Foundations of Child Psychoanalysis – Clinical Applications

Fourth Year 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.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. practice fundamentals for beginning a child analysis, primarily establishing a working alliance and collaboration with parents; and appropriateness of analysis for treating child’s presenting problems.
  2. articulate their plans for working with parents, including their own feelings and concerns about that aspect of treatment.
  3. begin to articulate initial psychoanalytic case formulations with their own and colleagues’ case material of child analysis or child psychotherapy. This will include discussion of transitioning cases from psychotherapy to psychoanalysis when appropriate.

December 4, 2020 — Technique in Child Analysis

[28 pages]

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. G. Gabbard, B. Litowitz, P. Williams, Eds. New Dellhi, India, CBS Publishers. pp333-348.

December 11, 2020 — Getting Started and Recommendation for Analysis

[27 pages]

Case material: Kelly

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.

Optional Reading

Anthony, E.J. (1980). The Family and the Psychoanalytic Process in Children. Psychoanal. St. Child, 35:3-34.

January 8, 2021 — Getting Started and the Child Play Environment

[8 pages]

Case Material: Kelly

Joseph, B. (1998). Thinking about a Playroom. J. Child Psychother., 24(3):359-366

Optional Reading

Bellinson, J. (2000). Shut Up and Move: The Uses of Board Games in Child Psychotherapy. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 1(2):23-41

Bellinson, J. (2009). You Can't Do That — Or Can You? Historical and Clinical Perspectives on Limit Setting in Child Psychotherapy. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 8(2):87-95

Gilmore, K. (2005). “Play in the Psychoanalytic Setting.” Psychoan. St. Child, 60:213-238

January 15, 2021 — Getting Started: The analyst’s mind

[61 pages]

Case Material: Kimberly

Ehrlich, L.T. (2013). Analysis Begins in the Analyst’s Mind: Conceptual and Technical Considerations on Recommending Analysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 61(6):1077-1107

Wille, R. (2012). The Analyst’s Trust in Psychoanalysis and the Communication of That Trust in Initial Interviews. Psychoanal. Q., 81(4):875-904

January 22, 2021 — Case Material

[17 pages]

Case Material: Kimberly

Midterm evaluations should be conducted at the end of this class. Discussion of how remote classes are handled and suggestions on how it can be improved will of course be very welcome. An outline to start the discussion is provided in a link below.

Midterm Evaluation Discussion Questions


Fincke, C.D. (2002). A Love of Things Irreconcilable: The Narration of Metaphor in Child Psychotherapy. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 2(1):107-123

January 29, 2021 — Case Material

[9 pages]

Case Material: Taryn

Owens, T.M. (2013). The Need for an Other’s Mind: An Innovative Approach to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Children and Adolescents. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 12(1):1-9

February 5, 2021 — Intersectionality in child work

[18 pages]

Case Material: Taryn

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

[37 pages]

Chubinsky, P. and Rappaport, N. (2006). Medication and the Fragile Alliance. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 5(1):111-123

Tutter, A. (2006). Medication as Object, JAPA, 54:781-804.

Optional Reading

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

February 26, 2021 — Dreams

[39 pages]

Case Material: Janelle

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

March 5, 2021 — Loss and Bereavement

[35 pages]

Case Material: Janelle

Furman, E. (1986). On Trauma—When is the Death of a Parent Traumatic?. Psychoanal. St. Child, 41:191-208

Sugarman, A. (1997). Dynamic Underpinnings of Father Hunger as Illuminated in the Analysis of an Adolescent Boy. Psychoanal. St. Child, 52:227-243

March 12, 2021

[37 pages]

Levy-Warren, M.H. (2014). A Knot in the Gut: Transference/Counter-Transference and Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Class in an Adolescent Treatment. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 13(2):133-141

Lieberman, A.F. and Harris, W.W. (2007). Still Searching for the Best Interests of the Child. Psychoanal. St. Child, 62:211-238