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Pamela Meersand, Ph.D.
Director, Child Division
tel 212 706-1791
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Applicants to the Child and Adolescent and the Adolescent-only Psychoanalysis programs must meet all of the requirements for application to the Adult Psychoanalysis program.
Psychiatrists and psychologists may apply simultaneously with their application to the Center’s Adult Psychoanalysis program. Those currently matriculated in an Adult Psychoanalysis program at the Center or at any other institute accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association may apply at any time during their training. Those who have already completed their adult training at an accredited program are welcome to apply at any time.
Applicants to the child program must show expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of children. Although residency training in child psychiatry or a child psychology internship is not a prerequisite for candidates to enroll in the program, interested candidates or analysts must demonstrate evidence of considerable familiarity with normal and pathological development in children. Effectively supervised experiences with normal and disturbed children in a variety of settings (pediatric services, schools, and day-care nurseries), either before or during child analytic training, may satisfy this requirement. Candidates interested in adolescent-only psychoanalysis are not required to have prior child training.
Child and Adolescent and Adolescent-only Psychoanalytic candidates must meet all of the requirements for matriculation to the Adult Psychoanalysis program.
Those applicants who are currently matriculated in or have already completed their adult psychoanalytic training may apply simply by contacting the Director of the Child Division, Dr. Pamela Meersand, 212 706-1791.
Candidates at other psychoanalytic Centers must fill out the application form linked here, obtain a letter of recommendation from the Director of their institute and two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors. Applicants are then interviewed by at least one member of the Child Division faculty
Those who have not yet applied to begin Adult Psychoanalysis training at Columbia should follow the procedure for making a complete application to that program.