Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy- Info Night

  • 01 Apr 2014
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • 121 Willowdale Ave., Suite 307, Toronto
Canadian Institute for Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
(Formerly the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program)

Training Program in
Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy


Part-Time Program Begins September 2014
Classes are held Tuesday evenings; Distance Learning is available
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
121 Willowdale Ave., Suite 307, Toronto


Ph:   416.690.5464
Entrance Requirements


A university degree in the humanities, social sciences or medicine, and work experience in the care and treatment of children are the basic requirements for admission. Applicants are also required to submit three professional references along with their application, and must complete admissions interviews.
Personal Therapy

Once or twice weekly psychoanalyticpsychotherapy is a requirement upon entrance to the program and for at least one year during clinical work.


  Application Process


Applications are due before 
June 30, 2014



There is an admissions interview requirement.


Three letters of reference,
academic transcripts, and a personal account must accompany the signed application form.


To request an application please call 
or visit



Established in 1975, the Program was originally modeled on those offered by the Anna Freud Centre and Tavistock Clinic in London, England, and the Cleveland and Chicago programs in the United States. We maintain ties with  adult analytic training programs in Toronto. The faculty consists primarily of graduates of the program and psychoanalysts within the city who have experience in child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


The CICAPP provides training in the theory and technique of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for professionals working with children and adolescents. Graduates are trained to assess for normal functioning, psychopathology anddysfunction and to conduct when indicated, intensive psychotherapy. The training qualifies graduates to consult, supervise, and teach in agencies concerned with child and adolescent mental health. We are committed to meeting all of the standards and requirements for the College of Registered Psychotherapists.


The 4-Year Program


The four-year program involves a curriculum of academic seminars, infant/toddler observation and supervised clinical work. Instructors focus on key issues in child development, the therapeutic relationship, assessment and therapeutic interventions. A new class commences in September of every second year.


The academic year is divided into two terms of approximately 15 weeks each. Classes run from September to early June, one evening per week, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Classes are held in Toronto.



The Curriculum
In Year 1,candidates will be introduced to psychoanalytic theories and principles to broaden their understanding of child behaviour and development. Using guided readings and group discussion, candidates will explore childhood phenomena across ages and stages of development from various psychoanalytic viewpoints including classical Freudian theory, ego psychology, object relations, self psychology and relational psychoanalysis. Infant and toddler development will be examined in detail in this year.The following academic years focus on early childhood, latency and adolescent development, understanding family dynamics and working with parents. Assessment, formulation skills, and psychostructural diagnosis will be taught. Therapeutic and professional practice issues will also be covered.


Specific topics such as ADHD, anxiety, conduct disorders, depression, eating disorders, learning disorders, OCD, phobias, trauma and adoption are also covered as part of the core curriculum.


In the first year, candidates will undertake an observation of an infant in its family home and a toddler in a day care setting. Candidates' weekly observations will be followed by class discussions on the psychoanalytic theory of infant and toddler development and their relationships with their caregivers.


Candidates are required to conduct a minimum of three assessments and four treatment cases. At least three separate stages of child development must be represented in this work.


Completion of the above academic and clinical requirements provide eligibility for clinical membership in the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists. Additionally, graduates may apply for registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario as a Registered Psychotherapist, Child and Adolescent


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