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Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Advanced training with extensive application.

Early Morning Workshop

In response to case material provided by the participants, this workshop will explore:

  • What is therapeutic in psychotherapy with children?
  • Creating a space in which a child’s experience of his/her external world can be expressed
  • Encouraging reflective thinking by creating links between play and the child’s internal world


Apply your understanding of the emotional meaning of children’s play and other forms of creative expression to maximize emphatic relatedness in child psychotherapy sessions.

Plan ways to facilitate the growth of reflective functioning in children.

Group Leader

Ionas Sapountzis, Ph.D., is director and an associate professor in the master’s degree program in school psychology at Adelphi; a faculty member and supervisor in the Postgraduate Program in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapy, and in the Postgraduate Program in Adult Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; and associate editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy. His private practice is in Garden City, New York.

Late Morning Workshop

After a brief discussion from Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D., this workshop will revolve around participants’ topics of interest and the case material they bring for discussion. Topics may include:

  • Engaging the difficult adolescent and maintaining a treatment alliance
  • Helping troubled adolescents make sense of their internal and external world
  • The therapist’s emotional responses in psychotherapy with adolescents Treatment issues will also be considered as they emerge in different diagnostic groups and different social class, cultural and racial contexts.


Explore with, and not interrogate, the adolescent about his thoughts and actions.

Develop interventions to work effectively with resistant adolescents.

Group Leader

Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D., is an associate clinical professor and supervisor in the Postgraduate Program in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapy, and in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. He is a clinical supervisor at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies and a school psychologist in the Hempstead Union Free School District. Dr. Vaughans is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and co-editor of The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents, a two-volume series. He maintains a private
practice in Manhattan.

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