ICAPP Training In Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy

Portfolio Model Via Zoom

Unit 4 Introduction to the History and Practice of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Co-ordinator, Anton Aronstan

Unit 5 Work With Families. Co-ordinator, Sally Young

Unit 4
Introduction to the History and Practice of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

This is a 15 week reading seminar. It can be taken as a stand alone course or as part of the ICAPP Certificate course.

This is a course unique to ICAPP and provides both a historical overview of the development of psychoanalytic work with children and adolescents, as well as studying the practicalities and technical considerations of working psychoanalytically with children, adolescents and families.

As such it will cover key elements of the course of therapy with children and adolescents from a psychoanalytically-informed viewpoint; starting with the first consultation with parents and running through the course of the child or adolescents’ therapy to its termination. Seminars will cover assessment, psychoanalytic technique in child psychotherapy, the role of play, approaching insight and interpretation with children and adolescents, using transference and countertransference in child and adolescent psychotherapy and working in parallel with parents.

The course would be of great benefit to all practitioners and clinicians working with children, adolescents and families who would like to enrich their work by building into it a psychoanalytic understanding of the origins of emotional difficulties in children and adolescents and a way of helping with these therapeutically that is  meaningful and also deeply effective.

Structure of the Unit
Seminars will be conducted via Zoom computer linkup, which means that applicants from outside of Sydney and Australia are welcome to apply.

A 1500 word essay is required for this unit to be accredited towards the ICAPP Child and Adolescent PsychotherapyTraining

Term 3 August 13 – September 24
Term 4 October 1 – December 3

Mondays from 7.30pm –  8.45pm (Sydney time)

$900 for the 15 week module ($60 per seminar) payable by July 30

Unit 4 Seminar Leader, Anton Aronstan
Anton is a clinical psychologist and British Association of Psychotherapists trained child and adolescent psychotherapist. He is a Committee member of ICAPP and has a private practice in Sydney.

For further information and specific queries about this unit, please contact, Anton Aronstan on 0451503853

Please note, class sizes are very limited, so please enrol or register your interest asap

Unit 5
Work with Families

This is a 10 week programme of readings and discussion of clinical material that focuses on working with families from a psychodynamic perspective.

This unit will be helpful for mental health professionals working with families, as well as for clinicians who work individually with children and adolescent.

Clearly a child or adolescent cannot be thought about outside the context of their family. This tension of working with the individual and/or the family or parents is a constant issue is child and adolescent work. These tensions will be explored in these seminars with theoretical and practical issues being discussed from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Structure of the Unit
Seminars will be conducted via Zoom computer linkup, which means that applicants from outside of Sydney and Australia are welcome to apply.

October 9 –  December 11

5.00pm – 6.15pm (Sydney time)

$600 ($60 per seminar) payable by September 17

Seminar Leader, Sally Young
Sally is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and a family therapist. She is a Senior Social Worker for Child and Youth Mental Health for Children’s Health Queensland and is in private practice in Brisbane. She is President of the Queensland Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association. She is a member of the management committee of Brisbane Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is a clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy.

For further information & specific queries about this unit, contact: Sally Young

Fees are to be direct deposited into ICAPP’s account
Name of account: ICAPP
BSB: 062104
Account: 10124781
SWIFT CODE:  CTBAAU2S (for International Enrolments)

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Receipts will then be issued

ICAPP Training Programme for 2018

ICAPP is pleased to announce a restructuring of its training programme for 2018 to 2022. The new training will follow an ‘escalator’ model in which people can determine the level and complexity of the training they desire, ranging from introductory to a full training in child and adolescent psychotherapy.

Each level of training will be based on a modular system in which there will be four units per level.  A unit will entail a 15-week programme. Units can be taken individually or as part of a yearly programme. People who have undertaken previous ICAPP courses can apply for credit of certain units as long as all requirements of that previous course have been fulfilled.

The programme is as follows:

Year 1. – Level 1
Certificate Course in psychoanalytic understanding of children and adolescents (4 units)

Year 2, – Level 2
Course in psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy (4 units)

Year 3, – Level 3
Clinical Training in psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy – 1 (4 units)

Year 4, – Level 4
Clinical Training in psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy – 2 (4 units)

The Certificate Course (Level 1) is a Foundational level of learning in which the practice of observing infantile states of mind and reading about psychoanalytic principles are introduced. The skills and knowledge developed at this level are considered to be the basis of all future psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The Course in child and adolescent psychotherapy (Level 2) introduces the student to the practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy. As well as reading classic papers concerning the theory and practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy, issues concerning techniques in the assessment and therapy of children and adolescents and working with parents will be presented. Undertaking clinical work with children and adolescent and thinking about this work is an optional part at this level.

Clinical Training in child and adolescent psychotherapy (Level 3) builds upon the level 2 course. It begins the formal training in child and adolescent therapy. All units will have a clinical emphasis. Readings in contemporary literature on child and adolescent therapy will be examined, incorporating the different schools of analytic thinking in this area. Clinical supervision and discussion, both individually and in small groups, will begin. Students will be required to be undertaking clinical work with children and/or adolescents. Students in level 3 and 4 are expected to be undertaking their own personal therapy

Clinical Training – 2 (Level 4) is a consolidation and elaboration of level 3. Clinical supervision continues with the expectation of a greater level of sophistication in understanding and sensitivity in technique. Clinical reading will focus of particular areas of interest (e.g. autism, neuroscience).

These units will also be offered through Zoom for distance education as well as face to face if numbers make this viable.
For further enquiries and to register your interest in any of the above, please contact ICAPP on or visit the ICAPP website;

Further enquiries can be sent to
Peter Blake or Anton Aronstan :

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