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Training programmes

The training program is a vital part of the work at the Erica Foundation. Psychoanalytic theory is the basis for the training and the treatment offered. The courses deal with various aspects of psychotherapeutic treatment of children and adolescents.

We offer seminars and courses of varying scope and aim, in addition to five major programs. The major programmes are:

Training in child and adolescent psychotherapy

The Swedish training system for psychotherapists is divided in two parts: a basic level (2 years) and an advanced level (3 years).

Basic training in child and adolescent psychotherapy

The basic level programme starts every two years. Applicants for the course should be graduates in medicine, social studies or hold an equivalent university degree. After fulfilled course the trainee may work with psychotherapeutic work under supervision. The course leads to the possibility to apply for advanced training in child and adolescent psychotherapy to become a psychotherapist.

The course includes theoretical seminars on psychoanalytic developmental psychology, psychopathology and psychoanalytic concepts and technique for children and adolescents. The trainee is working with one long-term and one consultation case and gets group supervision. The programme also includes infant observation, where the trainee follows the development of a newborn child and its interaction with its family. There are seminars on family therapy as well as cognitive therapy. The trainee also gets the possibility to apply psychoanalytic thinking to the trainee´s own working place. During the second year each trainee writes a clinical paper in which theory and clinical work is integrated.

Advanced training in child and adolescent psychotherapy

The advanced level (three-year programme) starts every other year, with twelve postgraduate students. The course leads to a university diploma and a licece as a psychotherapist issued by the National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare. Clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists and social workers with a university degree can apply, as well as others who meet the requierement of basic training in psychotherapy and have at least two years experience of clinical work with children and/or adolescents.

The course includes theoretical seminars on psychoanalytic developmental psychology, psychotherapeutic techniques for children and adolescents, and psychopathology. The trainees also carry out clinical work under supervision. This includes psychotherapy with children, adolescents and their parents. The programme also includes infant observations, where the trainee follows closely the development of a new-born child and its interaction with its family.

Integration of theory and practice is an important goal. This is achieved by means of theoretical and clinical seminars and supervised clinical work with children, adolescents and parents. The clinical work is summarised in a number of written case reports presented by the trainees in the course of the seminars. During the final year each trainee writes a thesis in which theory and clinical observations are integrated. In addition to this, the professional development of the trainees as psychotherapists is individually evaluated annually. The trainees also attend a series of group discussions led by an external consultant.

Advanced course in the supervision and teaching of psychotherapy

This two-year programme admits twelve students every two years. Applicants are licensed psychotherapists with a minimum of two years of post-licence clinical experience, preferably in the field of child and adolescent psychology. The programme includes theoretical seminars on theory and methods of supervision, how to establish a contract and a supervisory framework, questions of legal responsibility, theoretical concepts, group processes and emotional learning, and pedagogical aspects of training in psychotherapy. In addition to the theoretical seminars, each trainee supervises at least one psychotherapy and participates in group supervision. An essential part of the course is each participant´s presentation of the process of his or her supervision case.

Programme of training for pre-school teachers

This programme is of a different character than those described above. It is a one-year full-time course in which two pre-school teachers with experience of working with children with pervasive developmental disorders, participate in the work of the Foundation´s day treatment unit "Trasten". The goal of this program is to enable pre-school teachers to handle children with pervasive developmental disorders in groups. Internal and external supervision is an ongoing part of the programme.

The trainees also take part in the team concerning the children, as well as in clinical and theoretical conferences. The theoretical part of the course focuses mainly on psychodynamic development psychology and methods of special education. Other subjects include an orientation in child psychodiagnostic methods, psychotherapy with children with pervasive developmental disorders and their parents, and neuro-psychological diagnosis.

Other courses and seminars

The courses offered at the Erica Foundation are partly determined by the needs expressed by the child and adolescent psychiatric clinics around the country. Because of this, frequent changes are made in our curriculum.

Some of the courses offered in recent years:

  • A three-year part-time advanced course in individual psychotherapy with children with pervasive developmental disorders.
  • A three-year part-time advanced course in psychotherapy with parents of children with pervasive developmental disorders.
  • A one-week course in child and adolescent developmental psychology for physicians.

Other seminars:

  • Counselling with parents whose children are undergoing therapy.
  • Developmental psychology and psychopathology for  teachers.
  • Different aspects of supervision and consultation.
  • Research and development within the field of clinical work with children and adolescents.
  • Post-graduate seminars for licensed psychotherapists.

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