Child Programs

Two Child Logo for Adoption and Old CDPOne of the goals of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute is to provide professionals working with children the training they need to support the social and emotional health of the children in their care.  How do you know what is “normal” behavior and what requires attention?  And how do you address the issues?  How do you recognize the social and emotional stages of a child’s development?  The Institute hopes to provide answers to the dedicated teachers, early childhood educators, social workers, and counselors who work with and care for children every day — AND, through programs featuring experts in the field — provide the tools they need to promote happy, healthy, vibrant children.

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Zero to Six:
Understanding the Inner World of Young Children from Infancy through Kindergarten

Course Master: Edmund Sprunger, MSW
Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2018   7:00-8:30 p.m.
Fee:  $175   9.0 Credit Hours
This course explores the powerful emotions behind behaviors. The practical and useful classes feature topics such as the developmental accomplishments during the early years of life, and the crucial roles that early feelings and relationships play during these years. Additional topics include understanding traumatic issues in the life of a child–such as divorce, loss of a parent, and loss of a sibling. We will also explore the consequences of untreated anxiety as well as the inner experiences of children who are adopted or in foster care. A particular focus of the course will be applying an understanding of childhood development to the participants’ work experiences.



Training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

For a deeper understanding and course of study, the Institute offers Training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis.  When normal development is impaired or distorted by conflict, trauma or developmental impasse, the aim of treatment is the resolution of such impediments, as well as the increased awareness in the child of the meaning of the unconscious processes. As a result of psychoanalytic treatment the child’s strength increases, psychological structures are altered, adaptive capacities are restored and normal development resumes.