Analytic Training

Since 1958 the Faculty of The Hanna Perkins Center (previously known as The Cleveland Center for Research in Child Development) has offered the Course in Child Psychoanalysis – Clinical, Theoretical and Applied, utilizing its Psychoanalytic Child Therapy Clinic and the facilities of the Hanna Perkins Therapeutic School.

Course in Child/Adolescent Psychoanalysis – Clinical, Theoretical and Applied

  • A thorough grounding in the theory of psychoanalysis, encompassing its use as a scientific model of personality growth and functioning, as a method of treatment, and as a unique research tool. The study of Freud’s and others’ historic work is blended with recent contributions to provide a well-rounded theoretical basis for understanding children of all ages and adults, the latter primarily in their development and functioning as parents.
  • The psychoanalytic treatment of individual children of all ages and work with their parents in the context of a consideration of the family as a whole.
  • The treatment of pre-latency-age children by way of their parents, in which the child analyst helps parents help their young child master emotional problems that may be developmental, neurotic or related to specific stresses. This treatment modality was developed at the Hanna Perkins School. In addition to the weekly sessions with the parents and direct observation of the child in his school group, this work involves close regular contact with the teachers, affording an opportunity to apply and integrate psychoanalytic understanding with the child’s changing educational needs in school and home.
  • Evaluation of child and parents, leading to diagnosis and choice of therapeutic intervention. All case assessments include use of (or are base on) the metapsychological diagnostic profile.
  • Application of psychoanalytic theory and methods in the field of mental health. This focuses on understanding the special needs of children (e.g. acutely or chronically ill; afflicted with bodily defects; intellectually, emotionally or socio-economically deprived; cared for in institutions, foster homes or adoptive families) and helping those who care for them to adapt their handling accordingly. This area is not only included in the didactic seminars and clinical work but learned through participation in the Center’s and School’s Extension Service and Outreach programs which include ongoing work with child care centers, schools, hospital, and other community facilities for children.
  • Principles and methodology of psychoanalytic research. Instruction in the use of the Metapsychological Diagnostic Profile and participation in the Center’s and School’s ongoing research activities and projects. The Metapsychological Profile had its origins in the work of Anna Freud and her colleagues at Hampstead. At Hanna Perkins the Profile has been further adapted for work with nursery school age children and toddlers, and a detailed section on the assessment of parental functioning has been added.

Other Options

In addition to the formal training program, we offer a rotation experience to physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, and social workers. Over a period of a semester, these professionals who are in internships come twice weekly to Hanna Perkins Center, once for a morning observation visit to our preschool classroom and on Friday, the attend our case conference meeting to hear from therapists ho the treatment via the parent work is conducted.

“As part of my clinical training, I observed at The Hanna Perkins Center for one month. I consider it the gold standard of my education. I go back to the experience all the time when I ‘m working with troubled children and families.”
– Jeanne Heiple, Child Psychiatrist

For more information or to apply for training, click here to contact the Chairman of the Faculty.

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