Child Psychoanalytic Training Seminar

Child Psychoanalytic Training (CPT)
2022-22, Winter Term — Fridays, 10:00am-3:10pm


This Early Childhood Psychoanalysis Seminar Training Day is the completion of 4.5 hours that was originally scheduled as the first three sessions of the 2021-2022 academic year.

Learning Objectives

Following the seminar participants will be able to:

  1. Identify emerging trends in understanding the impact of the global pandemic.
  2. Explore many avenues toward building a therapeutic alliance with the parents of very young children, resulting in greater patient improvement.
  3. Develop emerging skills for the assessment of preschool age children.
  4. Identify the elements of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis of very young children.

June 3, 2022

[136 pages]

Introductory article

This article is the publication of last years Marianna Kris Lecture at ACP (Association for Child Psychoanalysis). It is an excellent overview of the changes in child psychoanalysis, and is guiding some of the recent changes at SPSI for child training.

Knight, R. (2022) Reconsidering Development in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 75:215-232


Initial considerations on the impact of the global pandemic on young children

These articles that are the first to emerge in the child psychoanalytic literature that addresses the impact of the pandemic on very young children and their families.

Bate, J. & Schulder, I. (2022) A Collective Strange Situation: COVID-19 and Children’s Developmental Lines. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 75:6-21

Ribaudo, J. (2022) What about the Baby? Infancy and Parenting in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 75:22-36

11:30-11:50am — Break


Families, play, and treatment of young children – with Don Schimmel

These readings will ground us in the use of play in the young child’s treatment.  Play based assessment skills will be covered.

Donner, S.L. (2021) Making Meaning through Play: Psychoanalytic Intervention in a Pre-School Child with Global Developmental Delay. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child 74:209-226

Winnicott, D.W. (1968). Playing: Its Theoretical Status in the Clinical Situation, Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 49:591-599

1:20-1:40pm — Break


Continued focus on assessment and beginning treatment of the young child.

Fraiberg, S. (1952) A Critical Neurosis in a Two-And-A-Half-Year-Old Girl. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 7:173-215

Melandri, F. (2017). Milk and Tears: A Very Difficult Beginning: The Assessment and Treatment of a Young Boy with Atypical Presentation. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 16(2):158-174

Optional Reading

Fraiberg, S. (1962) Technical Aspects of the Analysis of a Child with a Severe Behavior Disorder. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 10:338-367

Trad, P.V. (1990). From a World More Full of Weeping than he can Understand:—A Developmental Approach to Disordered Affect. Contemp. Psychoanal., 26:200-222.