Child & Adolescent Certificate Program: A One-Year Evening Program

The Working with Children & Adolescents: Relational Psychoanalytic Approaches program is specifically designed for mental health professionals who work with children, adolescents, and their families.  

Clinicians will learn to engage, assess, and intervene with infants, children, and teenagers through a variety of treatment techniques which include infant-parent therapy, play therapy, the use of transference and countertransference with children and adolescents, overcoming impasses in treatment, and working with parents and the larger systems in which the older child functions.

Clinicians will individualize their assessment and treatment planning for a diverse range of child psychopathology and child strengths. They will learn how to intervene effectively with the child's family at all ages: Using videotaping and feedback sessions with the parent-infant dyad, using family therapy techniques with older children and teenagers. They will consider successful referral and collaboration strategies with auxiliary services. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which socio-cultural factors influence both clinicians and clients.

Although this program does not include a clinical component, students may choose to consult individually or as a group with a child psychology clinical consultant. 

Continuing Education
The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0018.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #Psyan-0004.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists. The National Institute for the Psychotherapies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

In 2017.2018, this program will provide 12.5 CE contact hours.

Program Requirements
Participation in weekly classes

Program Length
One year, comprised of three 10-week trimesters (September 2017 through May 2018)

Dates & Times When Courses Are Offered
Wednesday evenings, 6:15 pm to 9:00 pm