Psychodynamic psychotherapy for child and adolescent psychiatrists (M14)
This is the UK’s only British Psychoanalytic Council approved training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with children that has been specifically tailored to the needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists.
This course is bespoke in the way that it is developed and delivered. It includes the following elements:
- lectures and seminars in child development and psychoanalytic theory
- infant observation
- supervised twice weekly clinical cases with a child and an adolescent and also parent work
- twice weekly personal therapy
Psychoanalytic theory: you will be introduced to core psychoanalytic concepts, via lectures, seminars and seminal texts drawn primarily from S. Freud, M. Klein and D. Winnicott. Please note that this module is delivered over two years.
Child development research: Over this one year module, you will explore attachment theory, neurobiology, developmental psychology and anthropology.
You will observe an infant or young child for one hour once a week for at least one year and attend a weekly seminar to discuss your observations.
You will be supervised on two twice- weekly psychotherapy cases with children at different developmental stages – and one long-term psychotherapy with a parent and one other optional psychotherapeutic experience, for example family, group therapy, organisational consultation, according to your own interests. Clinical work can be undertaken at the Tavistock Clinic on an honorary contract or in the setting where you work.
Please note: Clinical work and supervision will need to be organised by the student at times convenient to the others involved.
You will undertake personal therapy at least twice a week for as long as clinical work continues.
You will need to submit and pass a 10,000 word qualifying paper, combining a description of one of your cases with relevant theory. You will then be eligible for inclusion on the register of the British Psychoanalytic Council.
This course will expand and develop your observational, theoretical and therapeutic skills, enabling you to provide psychodynamic assessment and treatment to children, adolescents and parents. It will also support you to study relevant psychoanalytical concepts and learn to link these with ways of working in different clinical settings.
You will be able to apply your own experiences in individual personal therapy in order to improve your understanding of your patients’ internal states.
What our students say:
“Theory seminars helped me develop a frame of reference for formulating hypotheses about childhood behaviours and the important role observation and interpretation has in the assessment and treatment of children of all ages.”
“Seeing a child intensively in this way has taught me about working with a child’s internal world, the impact upon their external world and the devastating effects of child maltreatment.”
“Infant observation has been an opportunity to gather together the theoretical aspects of the course, and, through the shared observations of the seminar, explore our own understanding of these to gain deeper insight into the emotional development of infants.”
This course is for you if you work in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, as a psychiatrist in a salaried specialty (ST4-6) training post, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist or as an associate or staff grade.
Clinical work can be undertaken at the Tavistock Clinic on an honorary contract or in the setting where you work.
In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:
- are a psychiatrist in a salaried specialty (ST4-6) training
post, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, or an associate or staff
- have a minimum of a core qualification in psychiatry
- have some experience with children, adolescents and their
Previous recognised experience will be accepted and will not need to be repeated and the requirements will be assessed by our application form and interview.
All day Wednesday or Monday and Wednesday evenings, plus additional elements.
You will need to submit and pass a 10,000 word qualifying paper, combining a description of one of your cases with relevant theory.
Dr Sarah Wynick
Dr Sarah Wynick is the Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the CAMHS Directorate, Tavistock Clinic, and is the Team Manager of the Family Mental Health Team.
She qualified as a psychoanalytic couple psychotherapist with an MA from TCCR in 2015.
She has been involved in working with organisations via consultation, Group Relations work and teaching, for the past two decades, and has Directed Tavistock Group Relations Conferences in 2014 and 2015.
She has a particular interest in trauma, and incorporates EMDR into her therapeutic practise.
£ 1,050 per module
£ 2,100 per module
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