Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. 12 meetings, 9-15-15, 9-22, 9-29, 10-6, 10-13, 10-20, 10-27, 11-3, 11-10, 11-17, 11-24, 12-1

This 12-week course serves as an introduction to psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children. This is an ambitious treatment that not only helps alleviate troubling childhood symptoms and behaviors, but strives to address their underlying causes, allowing for normal, healthy development to resume. This course will provide an overview of psychoanalytic theory, technique, and the challenges commonly encountered in working with children and their parents. Through selected readings, class discussion, and clinical material (that of the instructors and participants), class participants will explore the following topics: 1) Initial contact, 2) Evaluation process, 3) Case formulation, 4) Recommending treatment, 5) Creating a therapeutic framework, 6) Maintaining boundaries and limits, 7) Uses of puppets, toys, artwork, and games, 8) Beginning, middle, and closing phases of therapy, and 9) Working with parents.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
This is an ongoing course, which meets on Tuesdays from September through December 2015.



4455 Morena Boulevard, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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Tuition $480

Presenter Information

Scott Boles, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice who works with children, adolescents, and adults, and also consults with parents on issues of child development and parenting. He is graduate of both the psychoanalytic psychotherapy program and the child, adolescent, and adult training program in psychoanalysis at SDPC. Dr. Boles has served on the executive committee of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy program and as a consultant to the Hanna Fenichel Center for Child Development.

Rick Hall, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice in Coronado, CA, who works with children, adolescents, adults, and consults with parents. Dr. Hall has been working with children and adolescents in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for 25 years. He completed a two-year child psychotherapy program, which focused on how to apply psychoanalytic principles to the treatment of children at the Baltimore Washington Psychoanalytic Center in the mid 1990s. He currently sees children or adolescents about 70% of the time. Dr. Hall is the Director of the Training Program in Child Psychoanalysis at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center and an organizer of the Western Regional Consortium in Child Psychoanalysis, a collaboration between the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis, the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Dr. Hall teaches in the online courses that are sponsored by the Western Regional Consortium in Child Psychoanalysis and in the combined Adult/Child Psychoanalytic Training Program at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. In addition, he is the Clinical Director of the San Diego chapter of A Home Within, a program that matches current or former foster children, including young adults who grew up in the foster care system, with clinicians who are willing to see one child once a week for as long as it takes, pro bono.