the child & adolescent psychotherapy training program (capt):

a post-graduate opportunity for clinicians

The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPT) is a unique, clinically-oriented, 3 year psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program. Its focus is to train mental health professionals in the intensive treatment of children and adolescents who are experiencing psychological and developmental difficulties.

Today's complex lives demand that psychotherapists develop specific skills in the understanding of child development and the ability to help children, parents, and the community. To meet these challenges, this program is designed:

  1. To provide comprehensive training in child diagnosis and psychotherapy for emotionally disturbed children, adolescents, and their families;
  2. To develop and strengthen the requisite skills to teach, supervise, and consult in agencies, clinics, and schools;
  3. To serve as a model for the development of similar training programs. 

Students include: physicians, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals who have had experience working with children and adolescents.



Unique Features of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program

The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPT) is a multidisciplinary program whose primary focus is on clinical training. When this program was established in 1962, it was the first program offering psychoanalytically-based intensive clinical training in child psychotherapy. The CAPT program has a rich and long history of providing community education through a variety of mental health conferences, workshops, extension classes, and teacher education seminars. The program is recognized in Chicago and throughout the United States as a leading educational and traiing program model in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy. In the field of child mental health, our graduates are esteemed as psychotherapists, supervisors, consultants, teachers, and administrators. A number of graduates are also on the faculties of the CAPPT and other Institute programs. It should be noted that most CAPT students work full-time, some commute from other cities, and many have families.

Since the program's inception, students of CAPT have provided diagnostic services to over 4,000 children and adolescents, and intensive psychotherapy to more than 600 children and adolescents. CAPT students have the option to fulfill clinical requirements for diagnostic evaluations and psychotherapy with the children and adolescents served at the Beacon Therapeutic School, Case Central, A Home Within, and the Institute's Barr Harris Children's Grief Center, in addition to their private practic and agency cases.


The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program is open to professionals in social work, psychology, child psychiatry, counseling, psychiatric nursing, education, as well as other professionals who work with children.  All students must be licensed and/or be in the process of working to obtain a license in their respective disciplines.


  • Theory courses track for the study of contemporary models of the therapeutic process
  • Clinical courses to systematically explore the clinical exchange



All seminars and supervision sessions are taught by members of the faculties of The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, as well as other experts in the field of child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy. The faculty of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, together with the staff of the Institute’s Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center, established the “Englewood Project.” This joint volunteer program provides psychodynamically informed treatment within the Englewood neighborhood schools to children who have experienced or witnessed violence in their lives.  Our faculty volunteers psychotherapeutic consultation to schools, children and family service agencies within the Chicago metropolitan area, and to mental health professionals working in several Chicago charter schools.


Classes meet on Fridays from 8:30am - 3:00pm (Academic Calendar)


The objectives of the curriculum are to provide each student with a sound theoretical approach to diagnosis and treatment planning; a body of knowledge of psychoanalytic psychology; a command of psychotherapeutic techniques for the treatment of children and adolescents with different types of emotional disorders, as well as methods for working with their parents. Courses are periodically revised and expanded, and new courses added in order to keep abreast of new developments, as well as to meet the specific needs of each class.

All CAPT students will be assigned a faculty mentor upon acceptance and will be able to work with our supervisors for their diagnostic and psychotherapy cases.


Year 1:

All students will complete their first year through the Fundamentals of Thought Program (completion of the Fundamentals Year will be transferrable to each of the Institute's training programs). The remaining two years of the program will be completed specifically through CAPT, meeting one day a week on Fridays. 

Year 2:

Year 3:

Quarter 1:
  • Infant Observation
  • Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Clinical Seminar IV
  • Theory & Technique of Play I
  • Learning Disabilities & Neurobiology
Quarter 2:
  • Infant Observation
  • Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Clinical Seminar V
  • Theory & Technique of Play II
  • Supervision & Consultation
Quarter 3:
  • Infant Observation
  • Termination - Clinical Seminar VI
  • Special Topics

Students who have satisfactorily completed both the clinical and curriculum requirements will be awarded the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Certificate of Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.


tuition & fees (2017-2018)*

Tuiton and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year: $4,250 (assessed in 3 quarterly installments). Tuition does not include supervision.

A $40 fee will be assessed each year for full use of PEPWeb, the online Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing service of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

  • Tuition must be paid in full by the end of the registration period, prior to the start of the upcoming quarter. 
  • Students who cannot meet this requirement must, prior to the end of the registration period, contact the Business Office to arrange a payment plan. There will be a one time $25 enrollment fee for all payment plans (effective Winter 2015). All tuition fees under a payment plan must be paid in full by the end of the current quarter. If all tuition is not paid or other approved financial arrangements are not in place by the end of the registration period, a late payment penalty will be assessed and the student may not attend classes or receive supervision.

*Tuition & fees may change annually.


TUITION & FEES (2018-2019)*

Additional Fees:
  • Annual PEP-Web Subscription: $45
  • Distance Learning Fee (for those taking classes via Zoom): $10/credit ($60 max)
  • Supervision is paid directly to the supervisor
  • Credit Card Transaction Fee: $15 for transactions of $650 or more

*Tuition & fees may change annually and do not include supervision. Billed in 3 quarterly installments.

admission requirements

Requirements for Admission to the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program

  • Personal psychoanalysis or intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy under way, completed, or begun by the start of classes. Personal treatement may be obtained either privately with a psychoanalyst or psychotherapist, or through the Adult Clinic of the Institute for Psychoanalysis. The objectives of personal treatment are:
    • ​To acquire direct experience of the influence of the unconcious and the defenses on behavior
    • To gain sufficient freedom from those emotional conflicts which would otherwise interfere with one's clinical work
    • To overcome unconscious resistances which would otherwise block learning.
  • ​A graduate degree in the mental health or human development field. For example, we accept applications from social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychiatric nurses, counselors, educators, and speech therapists. We encourage applications from those who work in educational institutions, and social agencies providing community service, as well as therapists in private practice.
  • Previous professional experience working therapeutically with children, adolescents, and their families. Experience working with adults is recommended.
  • Personal suitability for undertaking and completing the program, as evaluated through individual interviews with members of the Admissions Committee. The applicant's capacity for learning, motivation for undertaking and completing the program, and interest in continuing to work with children, adolescents, and their parents, are assessed.

Application process

To apply, please click here to access a downloadable copy to print out and mail in. Along with the application, please submit the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • $100 Non-Refundable Application Fee (made out to Institute for Psychoanalysis). Please note that if you decide after applying and paying the fee that you'd like to cancel your application, we cannot refund the fee.
  • Copy of academic transcripts
  • Copy of license and certificate of malpractice insurance (if in the process of obtaining these, must be submitted by the start of classes)
  • (3) Letters of Reference (Information forms can be found here)

For consideration, please submit your materials by May 1.  Each applicant will also have a personal interview.

Please submit application materials to:

               Alison Chandler, MA, MS
               Institute for Psychoanalysis
               122 S Michigan Ave, Ste 1300
               Chicago, IL 60603

or via email at


Students enrolled in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program  will have access to the Institute’s McLean Library, containing one of the largest collections of psychoanalytic literature in the world. They are also invited to participate in the lively Institute seminars, held every Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:45, where local and visiting mental health professionals who present works in progress. Students are encouraged to participate in the Institute’s many educational activities, and to attend the monthly scientific meeting of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society. In addition, all students and graduates are eligible for membership in the Psychotherapy Associates of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Association of Child Psychotherapists, an organization of alumni and students of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. 


Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists:  The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Psychologists by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning 15 hours of Continuing Education for Psychologists. CE Sponsor License #268.000091.

Social Workers:  The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for social workers by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning 15 hours of Continuing Education for Social Workers.

Professional Counselors:  The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Professional Counselors and Clinical Professional Counselors by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing educational activity as earning 15 hours Continuing Education credit.

Marriage and Family Therapists: The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Marriage and Family Therapists by the Department of Professional Regulations of the State of Illinois.  The Institute designates this continuing educational activity as earning 15 hour Continuing Education credit.

*Hours are per activity



The Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program was a turning point in my career as a psychologist. Although I had many training experiences prior to CAPPT, this program’s intense supervision and mentoring gave me the knowledge and confidence to develop and use my talents in ways I had never imagined.” - Connie Bernt, Ph.D.

Looking back on my psychoanalytic psychotherapy training, I feel CAPPT was a turning point in my life. Developing expertise in a specialized skill area and having a command of the literature is empowering. Studying with some of the best-trained and sharpest minds in the field was an exciting and unforgettable experience.” - Harold K. Bendicsen, LCSW

The CAPPT Program gave me an extraordinary opportunity to learn how to think deeply about my clients. The program length and small classes allowed for frequent case discussions. I have grown tremendously in my work with children and adolescents.” - Stephanie Halpern, LCSW

It gives me great pleasure to recommend the CAPPT Program to anyone interested in a life-changing experience. The comprehensive curriculum has proven relevant to current practice demands and the four years of instruction and supervision opened my eyes to a vastly enriched experience of child therapy.” - Fred Gross, Ph.D., LCSW

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use what I learned in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program.” - Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD

The CAPPT Program was transformative, both personally and professionally. Of particular value were the many hours of one-on-one case consultation with the highly skilled clinicians on the faculty.” - Sally Carton, LCSW

Check us out in the Chicago Tribune!

"There are many underprivileged children in the city of Chicago in dire need of diagnostic expertise and intensive therapy. The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis has a longstanding mission to provide innovative therapeutic services to underserved populations in Chicago communities. The Institute espouses the philosophy that no one is turned away due to financial circumstances, and this is embodied through a variety of pro bono and sliding scale psychotherapy programs in the community. An ongoing and very successful pro bono program of the Institute provides therapy to school children in Englewood, an urban war zone scarred by drugs, gangs, and the highest murder rates in Chicago. Since the program’s inception in 2007-2008, approximately 750 school children have received therapeutic services at four elementary schools.

The Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPPT) at the Institute embraces the same philosophy that treatment can take place in unique settings outside the clinic, and as such, students are given the opportunity to treat children in various environments conducive to developing innovative psychotherapy approaches. 'CAPPT students receive psychodynamic training, enabling them to go out into communities and provide crucial services to the most vulnerable children,' Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program  Director Edward P. Kaufman, MSW, LCSW, BCD, said."

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