Educational Programme

The basic educational program of HACAPP is five years and is divided in two courses:

  • A first two-year course, where emphasis is given to the development of psychoanalytic thinking as a theory and clinical practice. The trainees also attend and engage in infant observation seminars.
  • A second three-year course, with emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills for the theoretical understanding and therapeutic application of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents.

In some cases it may be necessary for the trainees to attend a one-year introductory course.

At the end of each training course, the trainees are evaluated in order to proceed further with their training.

The training consists of the following basic modules:

  • Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy of the trainees, with a frequency of at least three times a week for the duration of their training.
  • Seminars in psychoanalytic theory, development, psychopathology and technique, focused on children and adolescents.
  • Case supervision in psychoanalytic psychotherapy on an individual and group basis.
  • Infant psychoanalytic observation seminars.

Prerequisites for participation in the educational program:

The program admits mental health professionals with a University degree and previous basic clinical experience of at least two years with children and adolescents. Candidates’ suitability is assessed in personal interviews.

The company shapes and carries out its educational program in collaboration with reputable psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts from Greece and frequent regular participation of foreign experts every year.

The suitability of the candidates is decided by the Training Committee after the evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications and the personal interviews, determined by the Training Committee.


The training program in Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy includes a preliminary semester [January – June] and is completed in 5 academic years. It is distinguished, in two courses:

  • In the initial two-year course, emphasis is placed on the creation of a psychoanalytic theoretical and clinical background, with:
    • weekly psychoanalytic theory seminars,
    • weekly infant psychoanalytic observation seminars,
    • weekly clinical seminars on psychoanalytic understanding and processing of the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic context.
  • In the next three-year course, emphasis is placed on the development of the therapist’s skills with a psychoanalytic understanding of psychopathology and the technique of psychoanalytic psychotherapy of children and adolescents. In detail:
    • Further weekly theoretical seminars on psychoanalytic theory and technique and psychopathology.
    • Undertaking three cases of intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy with weekly individual supervision.
    • Weekly group supervision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children & adolescents and clinical seminars with parents, assessment of suitability for psychotherapy,therapy termination issues, etc.
    The two courses are completed with the writing of a clinical work / study, which is approved by the Training Committee and presented to the members of the company.

At the beginning of the educational process, at the latest, candidates must have started their personal analysis, with reputable psychoanalysts or educational psychotherapists from members of companies recognized by the European Federation (European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, EFPP).