The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program is a 2-year postgraduate certificate program for mental health professionals.
Child psychotherapy and concurrent work with parents differs greatly from adult psychotherapy. Postgraduate training, focused on the inner and interpersonal world of the child, deepens the clinician’s understanding of the unfolding dynamics. Working with the whole child requires working with parents and understanding the school and community context. The scope of the coursework and the broad experience of our faculty offer clinicians in both public service agencies and private practice a unique opportunity to enhance their professional lives.
Active student participation, and the relationships students establish with each other and the faculty, are essential parts of the learning process.
Classes teach topics and concepts that will help students conduct thorough assessments and include:
Classes focus on therapy with children and adolescents and conjoint work with parents and include:
Classes combine lectures, discussion, case presentations, and clinical examples. In addition to the lecturer, each class includes a coordinator from the steering committee whose job is to integrate the classes, stimulate discussion, and monitor students’ development. Topics include principles of child development, psychopathology, assessment, parent work, and psychotherapy of children and adolescents from a primarily psychodynamic orientation. The learning process is enriched by weekly clinical supervision from senior child therapists.
Classes begin in September and end in June with a break in December; there are 30 classes each year. Classes are held on Wednesday evening from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Students with full attendance will receive 75 CEs/CMEs (2.5 CEs per class) each year.
Jane Nielson, MSW
Note: The Child and Adolescent Program is not currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. But applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now open!
Applications for training courses are due by August 15 to the WSP administrative office each year. After this date, admissions will be considered on a space-available basis and is up to the faculty of each program. Reach out to the program contact (above) for more information.
Please submit the following to the Washington School of Psychiatry:
All applicants will be interviewed by faculty.
The program is open to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, professional counselors, and other licensed mental health professionals. Applicants will be contacted to arrange two or three interviews with the program chair and members of the steering committee.
Applicants may be asked to provide professional references.
Tuition is $1,950 for each academic year. Payment installments may be arranged through the administrative office.
The $50 application fee is nonrefundable.
Limited scholarship money may be available, based on need and merit. A scholarship application is on the wspdc.org website.
First year: $75 per session, 30 weekly sessions per academic year (held in the supervisor's office)
Second year: $75 per session, 30 weekly sessions per academic year (held in the supervisor's office)
There will be a different supervisor for the second year.
Fees are paid directly to the supervisor.
Jane Nielson, MSW (Chair)
Carolyn Curcio, MSW
Gavin Behrens, MSW
Karen Garman, MSW
Randall O'Toole, MSW
Richard Ruth, PhD
Caroline Ba, PsyD
Mimi Blasiak, MSW
Mauricio Cortina, MD
Ben Forman, PhD
Tom Holman, PhD
Liz Miller, MSW
Crystal Taylor-Dietz, PsyD
The Washington School of Psychiatry
5028 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20016-4118
Celebrating its 85th year, the School is an accredited provider of post-graduate continuing education.
The Meyer Treatment Center provides low cost access to mental health services. It is an out-of-network facility for insurance purposes.
The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States.
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