Stechler Child and Adolescent Therapy Fellowship

This fellowship is a 24-session program that covers the major topics in child and adolescent psychotherapy and is designed to help clinicians master the inherent challenges working with children.

The Stechler Child and Adolescent Therapy Fellowship is a new, one year training program for early to mid-career mental health professionals interested in psychodynamic approaches to child and adolescent psychotherapy. The Stechler Fellowship is unique to the Boston area and offers a novel framework integrating more contemporary and progressive psychodynamic models relevant to today’s clinical dilemmas and is more accessible and “user-friendly” for clinicians than a strictly classical model. The program will broaden and expand clinical understanding and introduce a repertoire of technical approaches for this challenging work.

  • An open, flexible and accessible theoretical and clinical framework, one that is more contemporary than a classical model without abandoning its core principles and the centrality of the therapeutic relationship as the vehicle for change.
  • The promotion of clinical skills and theoretical understanding related to clinical work with children, including play therapy, working with parents, working with schools, engaging adolescents, understanding and working with children who have cognitive differences.
  • Five didactic units: Initial Evaluation and Developing Alliance(s); Engaging Parents and Understanding Family Dynamics; Technique: Techniques for Play Therapy and Adolescent Work; Attachment Theory and its Application to Child Therapy; The Child at School.
  • Opportunities to consult with senior professionals in the field. Instructors include: Elizabeth Slater, Ph.D.; Ann Plater, LICSW; Michael Reison, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Bernstein, Ph.D.; Jeanne Strassburger, Ph.D.; Gil Noam, MD; Mary Calabrese, Ph.D.; Sharon Greenfield, Psy.D. and invited speakers.
  • MIP Membership: Fellows will be part of a vibrant collegial community, have access to members-only programming and other discounted programming, two MIP listservs, MIP social gatherings and events, and other opportunities for professional networking and development.
  • For information about CEs for physicians, psychologists, social workers and licensed mental health counselors contact John Tyler at
  • Classes will meet Monday evenings from 7:00-10:00pm. Each class will have didactic and clinical segments.

To apply please submit the following documents via email to

  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Reference, which can be sent in separate emails as needed.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 payable to the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and forwarded to:

John Tyler, Executive Director
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
1330 Beacon Street, Suite 265
Brookline, MA 02446

Personal Interview: Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of a completed application.

Tuition: $1200

Please note that tuition includes a full year of membership in MIP.

Application deadline: August 1

Continuing Education Credits

Contact John Tyler at 617-469-2777 or for information about professional credits.

Further inquiries should be sent to
(617) 469-2777

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