Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Thinking and Working Developmentally:  Foundations

Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Robin Goldberg, Ph.D., Psy.D., RP – Program Director


NPI is pleased to offer a unique clinical training program which follows a child’s development from birth through adolescence, looking at the interacting dynamics of body, mind, world in the experience of each child.  Our program invites those who work with infants, children, adolescents and adults to become more knowledgeable in treating the complex intrapsychic, interpersonal, environmental and neurobiological challenges of those who come to see us, while building a community of clinicians to think together about their work.


Program Overview

This one year program is designed to build the foundation of clinical thinking and working from a  psychoanalytic perspective that seeks to integrate the mutually influencing dynamics of body mind and world – social and physical environment.

Our program begins in mid-September and ends at the end of May.  Held in ten week trimesters structured around vacations and holidays, two classes a day will meet on Friday’s from 10:00 to 1:00 in our Tustin campus.

Program Components

Development I, II, and III:  Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence from a Psychoanalytic Perspective

In this three trimester series, we will read and discuss classical and contemporary theoretical and clinical work about psychological development and ways that development goes awry.  Together with a seasoned clinician, we will explore how to think clinically and how to work from informed clinical thinking.


Psychoneurobiology for Clinicians: 

Looking to understand the contribution of the body to psychological development from a psychoanalytic perspective, this class will be taught by a neuropsychologist with psychoanalytic background, by occupational therapists expert in sensory integration, and a psychoanalyst with expertise in infancy and toddlerhood.


Modalities of work from a psychoanalytic perspective:

Seasoned psychoanalytic psychotherapists will offer clinical case presentations illustrating different modalities of working from a psychoanalytic perspective:  play therapy, dyadic therapy, integrating body based treatment with psychodynamic understanding, combining CBT techniques with psychoanalytic and psychodynamic ones, psychoanalytic talk therapy.


Case Discussion:  Putting it all together

Students will have the opportunity to bring their cases for us to think psychoanalytically together about:  anxiety, depression, trauma, autistic spectrum disorder, attention and learning differences, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, psychosomatic collapse, and constrictions of play, gender dysmorphia, and adoption

Applications are being accepted now

Please contact

Venita De Souza, Administrative Director:   714.505-9080 or [email protected]

The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education. Newport Psychoanalytic Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. Make up will be required for all missed sessions in order to receive full credit.
NPI welcomes participants from a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, social work, marriage and family counseling, psychology, occupational therapy and nursing.
NPI’s programs admit qualified applicants and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, handicap, or national or ethnic origin.