Specialist Degree in Clinical and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Children and their Family

Submission of applications:
Start: June, 2017
End: September, 2017.

2 years (Full-time study)

Duration: 200 hours

Comillas Pontifical University, in collaboration with the School of the Free Teaching of Psychoanalysis (Elipsis), promote, direct and develop the Specialist Degree in Clinical and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Children and their Family.

Course objectives and focus

The course aims at training professionals for clinical duties, providing extensive information for diagnostic assessment and training in an active, flexible and integrative psychotherapy. The teaching is designed so that the skills are acquired to be able to effectively use them with children and teenagers, as well as parents.


Private Specialist Degree in Clinical and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Children and their Family

Who is it intended for?

Doctors, psychologists

Admission Requirements:

Advanced degree


2 years, 200 hours in total.

Classes begin:

October 2017.


For the 2016-17 academic year, the price for each year of the course will be €1,620.

Broken down into:

  • Enrollment: €252
  • 9 monthly payments of €152

Professional application:

Clinical applications. Therapies. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Teaching location:

ELIPSIS. C/ Diego de León, 44, 3º Izda. 28006 Madrid

Academic Director:

Dr. Emilce Dio Bleichmar

Submission of applications:

From June to September, 2017.

ELIPSIS. C/ Diego de León, 44, 3º Izda. 28006 Madrid

Documents required for submission of applications:

  • Photocopy of degree certificate proving eligibility for Specialist Degree
  • Two photographs
  • Photocopy of identification document

Information point

ELIPSIS. School of the Free Teaching of Psychoanalysis.
C/ Diego de León, 44, 3º Izda.
28006 Madrid
Teléfono: 91 411 24 42 y 91 564 62 27
Fax: 91 564 50 55
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Dean's Office of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
C/ Universidad Comillas, 3 (Cantoblanco)
28049 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 734 39 50 Ext. 2620
Fax: +34 91 734 45 70
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Teaching methods

  • Reading and discussion of texts and articles on child and adolescent development and psychotherapy
  • Presentation of clinical material
  • Supervision and management of countertransference
  • Interview video review
  • Additional online bibliographic material published in the magazine "Aperturas Psicoanalíticas" (Psychoanalytic Openings) www.aperturas.org
  • Core text: Psychotherapy of the parent-child relationship manual. Emilce Dio Bleichmar. Barcelona, Buenos Aires: Paidós, 2005.


Options for internships with centers arranged by the University.

  • Psychotherapy internship: Cáritas, Family Support Center No. 4, ASPASIA Association (abuser treatment)
  • Observation of diagnostic and psychotherapeutic studies: 12 de Octubre Hospital, Gregorio Marañón Hospital, Montreal Center Day Hospital.

Clinical procedures: assessment processes

  • Detailed guide for parental interview: which parameters to observe for detecting parental transfer and dominant motivation systems
  • Various techniques for recording medical history
  • Research protocols in the history of different child motivational systems
  • Interview techniques for children and adolescents. Testing
  • Guide to recording play time. Revision of play techniques using knowledge of multiple unconscious processes
  • Relational and family interview techniques
  • Diagnostic report for parents and establishment of a working alliance

Therapeutic Procedures

  • Transfer and therapeutic bond according to various clinical profiles
  • Therapy through play techniques. Proposals for change through the use of fiction, recreation and words
  • Developmental stimulation techniques for deficit disorders and problem solving
  • Conflict resolution techniques
  • Psychotherapy techniques and parental training
  • Specificity and variations in the role of the therapist for deficit disorders

Normal development and developmental psychopathology. Appropriate and dysfunctional parenting ability

Psychotherapy of attachment disorders and emotional bonding

  • Research on attachment bonding and its importance in early childhood
  • Types of attachment
  • Early attachment disorders. Current attachment disorders in families
  • Evaluation of regulatory capacities of parents and their knowledge of the management of the needs of attachment and separation anxiety
  • Daycare and parental substitutes. Parental abandonment and grief in children
  • Children's emotional problems in separated couples
  • Somatic illness and separation anxiety
  • Separation anxiety. Effects of ignorance of its importance in the development
  • Building bonds in adoptions

Psychotherapy for sense of self and narcissistic personality disorders

  • Parental construction of child self-esteem
  • Evaluation of parental skills for managing jealousy and balance of self-esteem
  • Assertiveness and aggressiveness linked to self-affirmation
  • Narcissistic disorders in children and adolescents
  • Narcissistic depression in children. Behavioral disorders due to narcissistic imbalance
  • Tyrant children and parental weakness in setting limits.
  • Overprotection and hedonism

Psychotherapy of sexual abuse and gender issues

  • Gender identity and sexuality of boys and girls
  • Oedipal structure and the Oedipus complex
  • Parental construction of femininity/masculinity
  • Parenting skills for sexual enlightenment
  • Parental training for addressing children's sexuality
  • Pubescent anorexic reactions to the challenges of modern day adolescence
  • Sexual abuse within the family

Psychotherapy of anxiety disorders and depression

  • Adults and the regulatory capacity of affections
  • Depression and loss of parents' emotional control
  • Proper identification of forms of anxiety in children and adolescents
  • False neurological disorders due to hyperactivity or attention deficit
  • Anxiety disorders: nocturnal problems, separation and school difficulties. Different approach techniques
  • Children's fears and phobias, normality and pathology
  • The fear of strangers and social phobia
  • Aggressive children. School bullying
  • Asocial children and adolescent violence problems
  • School bullying


  • Adolescent passage: from the family to social bonding
  • Adolescents' ideals and heroes
  • Finding love
  • Generational conflicts, dependence and autonomy
  • Eating disorders, anorexia-bulimia
  • Drug addiction
  • Adolescents' parents. Conflicts and dilemmas

Severe disorders

  • Pervasive developmental disorders and borderline cases in children
  • Serious parenting defects: abuse, neglect, abandonment
  • The autistic spectrum and the teaching of emotions and intersubjectivity

Learning disorders

  • Intelligence affected by emotional problems
  • Learning difficulties, failure at school and its multicausality
  • Parenting skills to stimulate intellectual motivation

Divorce and adoption

  • Parental preparation for the divorce process
  • What adoptive parents should know before, during and after adoption. The emotional challenge of creating a late attachment bond in previously institutionalized children.
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