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Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Training Program
The child analysis training program of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas prepares clinicians to assist children and adolescents who are experiencing internal interferences in their emotional development to return to a more favorable developmental trajectory. The program prepares practitioners to practice child psychoanalysis, a treatment that enables children who are able to utilize an insight-oriented, self-exploratory approach to work at a greater depth and achieve fuller change than is generally possible in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The fact that psychoanalysis is a discipline that studies human development, human relationships, mental health, and mental illness as outcomes of the unique interaction among each individual's thoughts, feelings, behaviors, culture, and environment is especially relevant for assisting children. Children are in the midst of a complex process in which their unfolding biology interacts with their family and culture, all integrated through their subjectivity as a growing and unique person. Child psychoanalysis uniquely recognizes this individuality and subjectivity in children, as it focuses upon a systematic exploration of unconscious mental phenomena, in addition to the neurobiological, behavioral, cognitive and social phenomena upon which other treatment modalities concentrate.
The training program in child psychoanalysis teaches this practice of psychoanalysis through an extensive study of theories of mind and of the interplay between these theories and the clinical situation. Child psychoanalytic training consists of three parts:
Candidates embarking upon their training may choose to focus on psychoanalytic work with adults, with children (our “child-focused” program), or both (our “combined” program).