Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Training (CAPTP)

This innovative and intensive three-year program presents a pluralistic approach to the psychodynamic understanding and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. It is designed to provide comprehensive preparation for treating young people from infancy through late adolescence. The program’s Interpersonal perspective, with its emphasis on the familial and cultural contexts within which children develop, is enriched by ideas from the classical and relational schools.

At a Glance

The Child and Adolescent training program is designed for professionals who want a deeper understanding of the treatment of children, adolescents and their families.

Who Is It For

Students come from the disciplines psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, social work, art therapy, mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, and psychiatric nursing. Applicants are expected to have degrees in their field of study and to be licensed or license-eligible.


The Child and Adolescent curriculum is comprehensive in scope; psychoanalytically-oriented treatment is a powerful tool for emotional growth and development for children and adolescents. The academic year is divided into trimesters of ten weekly sessions. Classes meet on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. for one hour and fifteen minutes each.

Length & Expenses

The Child and Adolescent program is completed over the course of three years. Tuition is $2,600 per year with an additional annual fee of $150 for course materials.
For more information contact: Jacqueline Ferraro
  • Personal Psychotherapy

    Each student is required to be in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a psychoanalyst who is a graduate of an institute recognized by the program’s Training Committee. Students are required to be in treatment a minimum of two times per week for the entire three years of the training program.

  • Individual Supervision

    Students are required to work with a supervisor throughout the training program. During the first year, the supervisor must be chosen from the members of the Institute’s Executive Committee. For the second and third years of training, supervisors are chosen from the list provided by the program. Students will work with each supervisor for a minimum of 40 sessions; the cost is $75 per session.

  • Group Supervision

    Beginning in January of the first academic year, students meet once weekly in a small group to present cases, discuss treatment issues, and integrate theory with clinical practice.

  • Admissions Requirements

    The aim of the program is to train highly skilled, independent practitioners of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Students come primarily from the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, social work, art therapy, mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, and psychiatric nursing. Applicants are expected to have terminal degrees in their field of study and to be licensed or license-eligible.

  • Application Process

    Applications may be completed online or by downloading a hard copy and mailing it to Meghana Giridhar, Registrar, The William Alanson White Institute, 20 West 74th St., New York, NY, 10023 with a $100 nonrefundable application fee. (Ms. Giridhar can also be reached at Completed applications and supporting documents will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, which may then offer the applicant two interviews.


  • Financial Assistance

    We endeavor, when possible, to prevent finances from being a barrier to training. Financial aid, such as loans or scholarships, may be available to students with demonstrated financial need.

    In addition, all students have the opportunity to work with patients under the auspices of the Institute’s Child and Family Center, thereby enriching their training experience, and enabling students to earn financial credits which may be applied to their program expenses.

  • Clinical Experience

    As part of training, all students are required to see patients under supervision. Patients will be seen at least weekly, and family and school contacts may be required. It is expected that students will work with a variety of patients of different ages, genders, and ethnicities.

  • Information for International Students

    The Institute is approved by the Student and Exchange Visitors Program, (SEVIS), which is part of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Upon acceptance to our program, our Designated School Officer, Meghana Giridhar ( will complete the initial SEVIS forms and issue a signed Form I-20. After receiving the form from the Institute, the student applies to the United States Consulate or Embassy for an F-1 Visa. Students must enroll and enter the country within 30 days of the program start date. If a student does not report within the 30-day period, their SEVIS record is cancelled. An F1 student can maintain their status for as long as they continue to be enrolled in a full-time educational program. For questions regarding curricular practical training (CPT) or optional practical training (OPT) status or other questions regarding SEVIS eligibility, please contact Richard Herman ( Applicants need to demonstrate proficiency in spoken English, which will allow them to work with English-speaking patients. Applicants whose undergraduate and/or professional training was acquired outside of the United States must submit their educational credentials to the New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professionals, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Psychoanalytic Unit, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany New York, 12234-1000. The Institute uses no other service for the purpose of certifying equivalence to American degree programs.

  • Community Life

    Students in the program are invited to participate in all facets of Institute life, including the Tuesday morning Clinical Education meetings, and special interest groups.

    Study Groups

  • Continuing Education

    Students are encouraged to participate in all facets of Institute life. This includes clinical meetings, conferences, and specialized services. Graduates of the program are encouraged to participate in Institute activities, program committees, teaching and supervision.

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology 20 West 74th Street, New York, NY 10023 | (212) 873-0725