Introduction To Child Analysis

Child Psychoanalytic Training (CPT)
2018-19, 1st Trimester — Fridays, 10:15-11:45am
Kenneth King, MD
Denise C.K. Fort, PhD


Optional Further Readings:

Control Mastery Theory

  • Weiss, J. (1993). The therapist's task. How Psychotherapy Works: Process and Technique. NY: Guilford Press


  • Mathelin, C. (1999). The first meeting with the analyst, in Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children: the Broken Piano. Y. The Other Press


  • Altman, N., Briggs, R., Frankel, J. Gensler, D., & Pantone, P. (2002). Including parents in the psychotherapy. Relational Child Psychotherapy. New York. Other Press.


  • Gaines, R. (1995). The treatment of children, in Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. M. Lionells, J. Fiscalini, C.H. Mann, D.B. Stern. Hillsdale, N.J.: The Analytic Press. pp. 751-770


  • Baruch, G. (1997). The impact of parental interventions on the analysis of a 5-year-old boy. IJP 78:913-926 (case supervised by Betty Joseph)


  • Alvarez, A. (1997). Projective Identification as a communication: its grammar in borderline psychotic children. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 7:753-768.
  • Alvarez, A. (1992). The long fall. Live Company--Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived, and Abused Children. Y.: Routledge, pp. 12-25

Object Relations

  • Sandler, A.M. (1996). Some problems in transference and countertransference in child and adolescent analysis. In Countertransference in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents. J. Tsiantis, A.M. Sandler, D. Anastasopoulos, & B. Martindale. London: Karnac. pp. 69-88


  • Galateer-Levy, R.M. (2001). Aalysis of a frightened little boy. In Tyson, R.I. (Ed.) Analysis of the Under-Five Child. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press. pp. 99-126
  • Miller, J.P. (1996). Secondary Selfobject, secondary self-structure. Using Self Psychology in Child Psychotherapy: the Restoration of the Child. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson. pp. 75-118; 186-194.


  • Ferro, A. (1999). Play. The Bi-Personal Field: Experiences in Child Analysis. Y.: Routledge, pp. 54-76

Learning Objectives

As a result of taking this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical development and current status of child psychoanalysis
  2. Discuss the multiple perspectives of a metapsychological theory of child development
  3. Develop skills needed to establish and maintain a working alliance with parents
  4. Utilize technical modifications as determined by the child’s developmental stage and emotional resources

September 7, 2018 — The Relationship with Parents

[50 pages]

Novick, J. Novick, K.K. (2000). Parent Work in Analysis: Children, Adolescents, and Adults: Part One: The Evaluation Phase. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 1(4):55-77.

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.

September 14, 2018 — The Relationship with Parents and Metapsychology

[55 pages]

Rosenbaum, A.L. (1994). The Assessment of Parental Functioning: A Critical Process in the Evaluation of Children for Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal Q., 63:466-490.

Novick, K.K. Novick, J. (2002). Reclaiming the Land. Psychoanal. Psychol., 19(2):348-377.

Optional Reading

Mahon, E.J. (2001). Anna Freud and the Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique. Psychoanal. St. Child, 56:76-95.

Kris, A.O. (2001). Discussion of “Anna Freud and the Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique”. Psychoanal. St. Child, 56:96-100.

September 21, 2018 — Historical Perspective

[61 pages]

Solnit, A.J. (2001). Introduction and Historical Perspective. Psychoanal. St. Child, 56:3-8.

Harley, M. (1986). Child Analysis, 1947–1984—A Retrospective. Psychoanal. St. Child, 41:129-153.

Miller, J.M. (1996). Anna Freud. Psychoanal. St. Child, 51:142-171.

September 28, 2018 — Changes in Technique

[32 pages]

Neubauer, P.B. (2001). Emerging Issues: Some Observations about Changes in Technique in Child Analysis. Psychoanal. St. Child, 56:16-26.

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.

Feigelson, C.I. (1977). On the Essential Characteristics of Child Analysis. Psychoanal. St. Child, 32:353-361.

October 5, 2018 — Fundamentals

[16 pages]

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.

October 12, 2018 — Play and Development

[49 pages]

Solnit, A.J. (1987). A Psychoanalytic View of Play. Psychoanal. St. Child, 42:205-219.

Maenchen, A. (1970). On the Technique of Child Analysis in Relation to Stages of Development. Psychoanal. St. Child, 25:175-208.

October 19, 2018 — Technique with Children and Adolescents

[66 pages]

Bernstein, I. (1975). On the Technique of Child and Adolescent Analysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 23:190-232.

Hoffman, L. (2007). Do Children Get Better when we Interpret their Defenses against Painful Feelings?. Psychoanal. St. Child, 62:291-313.

October 26, 2018 — Countertransference

[25 pages]

Kohrman, R. Fineberg, H.H. Gelman, R.L. Weiss, S. (1971). Technique of Child Analysis: Problems of Countertransference. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 52:487-497.

Marcus, I.M. (1980). Countertransference and the Psychoanalytic Process in Children and Adolescents. Psychoanal. St. Child, 35:285-298.

November 2, 2018 — Mentalization

[28 pages]

Fonagy, P.; Target, M. (1998). Mentalization and the Changing Aims of Child Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Dial., 8(1):87-114.

November 9, 2018 — Enactments and Levels of Analytic Work

[25 pages]

King, Ken. (2004). To Touch or No Touch: Enactments in Child Analysis. Paper presented to San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute Child Analytic Symposium

Alvarez, A. (2012) The Thinking Heart. New York: Routledge. pp1-25.

November 16, 2018 — Outcome

[21 pages]

Ritvo, S. (1996). Observations on the Long-term Effects of Child Analysis: Implications for Technique. Psychoanal. St. Child, 51:365-385