The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program

Applications currently being accepted

The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Studies Program will provide a theoretical framework and practical approach to understanding human development which will, in turn, enhance clinical skills.  Participants will increase their knowledge of how the mind of the child unfolds through patterns of behavior, attachment styles, regression, repetition, fixation, and the development of personality.  Untangling the web of conflict between parent and child will be explored through the lens of developmental milestones. 

The  Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Studies Program is designed to provide a foundation in the principles, theories, and techniques of psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents.  Participants in this program are mental health professionals who wish to develop and hone their clinical skills through classroom learning, mentoring and clinical case discussions.  

The participants in this program will gain the support and confidence necessary to develop or expand their private practices or work more effectively with patients in community mental health agencies, schools, universities, and health care settings.

Upon completion of the program, a certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy will be awarded.


Registration is open to mental health professionals and/or individuals associated with the helping professions who possess a minimum of a Master's Degree or the equivalent.  A member of the NJI's admissions committee will interview potential Candidates for admission.

Program Requirements

  • Course Work — Curriculum includes 8 courses.  Candidates are encouraged to proceed at their own pace.
  • Personal Psychotherapy — Not required but recommended.
  • Supervision - One year of case supervision (52 weeks).  If a Candidate wants to affiliate with the Clinic of NJI, two years of case supervision (52 weeks) is required.  
  • Final Case Presentation Paper
  • 140 documented clinical hours working with children and adolescents

Class Schedule and Time

  • Classes meet each week for 8 weeks each semester.  
  • Classes are held on Tuesday evenings, 7:00—8:15pm and 8:15 —9:30pm
  • Classes start Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tuition and Fees

  • Registration fee per semester: $50
  • Tuition per course: $350
  • PEP-Web Online Psychoanalytic Library: $40 
  • Payment plan available


Fall Semester

  • Normal and Pathological Development Birth- Adolescence
  • Case Presentation of Children and Adolescents: Interventions Based on Developmental Levels
  • Transference, Countertransference and Resistance in Working with Children, Adolescents, and Parents
  • Psychosomatic Disorders and Characterological Issues in Children and Adolescents

Spring Semester

  • Case Presentation: Play Therapy- Theory and Technique
  • Case Presentation: Art Therapy - Theory and Technique
  • Clinical Issues: Planning, Interventions Strategies, and Evaluation
  • Advanced Seminar: Case Formulation and Presentation
  • Click on Course Descriptions below to see a summary of materials covered in each class


With questions regarding our Child and Adolescent program, please contact Jodi Kosofsky at (201) 417-4218 or