Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas

An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children
Spring 2014
Instructor: Paul Brinich, PhD
Assistant Instructor: Natalie Hawkins, LMFT
Course Description:

This 12-week course will provide a general overview of important issues encountered in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and their families. [We would like to emphasize that each of these issues could take up a course in its own right; this course is a kind of “tasting menu.”] Using Richard Bromfield's Doing Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (2nd ed.) as an orientation, we plan to discuss
  1. The initial evaluation sessions,
  2. Arrangements with families,
  3. The importance of boundaries,
  4. The use of play and artwork as modes of communication,
    • Puppets and action figures
    • Games, blocks, guns, and “catch”
    • Drawing and play-doh
  5. The uses and abuses of confidentiality (especially the difference between privacy and secrecy),
  6. Ethical issues of special salience in work with children (e.g., “reporting”)
  7. Work with siblings and parents,
  8. Collaboration with teachers, pediatricians, and other professionals,
  9. Complications introduced by insurance and “managed care”,
  10. Saying good-bye.

Auxiliary readings and carefully-disguised examples from clinical work (that of the instructors and of the participants) will be designed to augment the core text and foster discussion.

The course is appropriate for clinicians at intermediate through advanced levels and academics with a background in the course material.
Prerequisite: Students need a basic exposure to and understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its clinical applications. Applicants may meet this requirement through previous coursework, training, or supervision (e.g., Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics; the PPSC Introductory Course; psychoanalytic coursework or supervision in graduate school/residency or post-graduation). Students also must have some substantial experience (not necessarily clinical) with children and adolescents. Prospective students who are unsure whether they have the requisite preparation and experience for this course should consult with the instructors about their prior background.
Time: Wednesday, 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Dates: January 22 - April 9, 2014
Class Size: Class will be limited to 10 students.
Location: Center for Psychological & Family Services, Chapel Hill
CME Credits: 18
CE Credits: 15 Category A & 3 Category B
NBCC: 18 CE clock hours
Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs.
Registration Fee: $25 for non-matriculated students
  • Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.
  • Non-matriculated students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.
  • Non-matriculated students should include the registration fee with the course application.
Registration Deadline: January 7, 2014
In special circumstances we may accept registrations after January 7, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
Tuition: Due January 14
$360 for students matriculated in the training programs
$440 for psychiatry residents and graduate students
$480 for non-matriculated students
  • The registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Students who cancel after the registration deadline but before class begins will be given a tuition refund less a $40 administrative fee.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations after class begins.
  • Students who drop the class after it begins are expected to pay the full tuition.

Required Text:
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Bromfield, Richard (Hardcover, 2007) Doing Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Adapting Psychodynamic Treatment to Contemporary Practice.. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
About the Instructors:
Paul Brinich, PhD Paul Brinich, PhD practices as a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in Chapel Hill. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago, did his child and adolescent psychoanalytic training at the Anna Freud Centre in London, and his adult psychoanalytic training via the UNC - Duke University Psychoanalytic Education Program (now the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas). He has been a member of the UNC Clinical Psychology faculty since 1990; has taught in the Psychoanalytic Institute since 1991; and has been involved with the PECC’s psychotherapy certificate course since its inception in the early 1990s. He is a senior editor of the annual Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, a member and past president of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis, and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Natalie Hawkins, MS, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has practiced with the Center for Psychological and Family Services in Chapel Hill since 1996. She is a graduate of the Advanced Curriculum of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center of North Carolina (now PECC). She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:
  1. List at least 3 important tasks encountered in the initial evaluation sessions,
  2. Describe at least 3 important dimensions of the arrangements clinicians make with families,
  3. Describe at least 3 aspects of boundaries that can facilitate or interfere with psychotherapeutic treatment,
  4. Recognize and describe how puppets and action figures function as modes of communication,
  5. Recognize and describe how games, blocks, guns, and “catch” function as modes of communication,
  6. Recognize and describe how drawing and play-doh function as modes of communication,
  7. Describe at least 3 ways in which confidentiality may enhance psychotherapeutic work
  8. Describe at least 3 ways in which confidentiality may interfere with psychotherapeutic work
  9. Identify at least 3 ethical issues which are of special salience in work with children
  10. Describe at least 2 examples of effective psychotherapeutic work involving siblings,
  11. Describe at least 2 examples of effective psychotherapeutic work involving parents,
  12. Describe at least 2 examples of effective collaborations with allied professionals,
  13. Describe at least 2 examples of problematic collaborations with allied professionals,
  14. Describe at least 3 complications inserted into psychotherapeutic work by insurance and “managed care”,
  15. Describe at least 3 important dimensions encountered in the termination of child psychotherapy.

For additional information or if you have special needs
please contact:

Lisa Long, Administrator
Phone: (919) 490-3212

CE & CME Information:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
If you have special needs, please contact the Administrator.

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