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Stechler Child and Adolescent Therapy Fellowship

Program Overview

The Stechler Child and Adolescent Therapy Fellowship is a one-year training program for early to mid-career mental health professionals interested in psychodynamic approaches to child and adolescent psychotherapy and for experienced professionals seeking to expand their work. The fellowship is 24 sessions and covers the major topics in child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Unique to the Boston area, it offers a novel framework integrating more contemporary and progressive psychodynamic models relevant to today’s clinical dilemmas, and it is more accessible and “user-friendly” for clinicians than a strictly classical model. It is designed to help clinicians master the inherent challenges working with children and teens and to 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.
  • 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.
  • This fellowship is approved for 48 continuing education credits. For further information about CEs for physicians, psychologists, social workers and licensed mental health counselors, contact us.
  • Classes meet Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30 pm during the academic year. Each class has didactic and clinical segments.


Application Process

To apply, please fill out the application form, including the following documents:

  • 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

Application deadline: July 15

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



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

Tuition Assistance

A small amount of funds are available to help reduce the cost of tuition for those applicants who have a financial need. Requests for tuition remission will be considered separately from the admissions process and will have no bearing on admission. Please contact us indicating your interest in assistance. Tuition assistance requests should be submitted when you apply.

Continuing Education Credits

Please contact us for information about professional credits.