Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Child and Adolescent Intervention

The CAGS in Child and Adolescent Intervention (CAGS/CAI) is a brief (24-credit), post-master’s program providing psychoanalytic insights into working with children.  The CAGS/CAI develops the student’s understanding of the child’s psyche and its relation to behavior, provides tools for communicating and intervening with kids, and is ideal for:

• Mental health counselors and other clinicians adding children to their caseload

• Guidance counselors or educators seeking a more in-depth understanding of the emotional life of children

• Other professionals working with children.

BGSP’s integrative approach to learning combines coursework, case seminars, a child-oriented internship, and clinical supervision to provide a deeper understanding of children in their full complexity.  Through the study of child development, child and adolescent psychopathology, and the impact of trauma, students understand the origins of defensive patterns that constrain learning, provoke anger or alienation, or result in other destructive behaviors.  Students explore symbolic communications in children and clinical interventions to develop skills for managing aggression and bringing out the best in the children with whom they work.

BGSP recommends that students participate in a training analysis in order to help the student tolerate the feelings aroused by psychoanalytic study, develop a fuller appreciation of one’s own emotional dynamics, increase the student’s access to all emotional states, and increase self-understanding, which is particularly critical for understanding others.

This 24-credit program takes one year (full-time) to complete, or longer if part-time.

Graduation Requirements

• Successful completion of the 24-credit curriculum

• Completion of 600 hours of child oriented internship

Credit for three courses and the internship may be transferred from BGSP’s M.A. program in Mental Health Counseling.


During the program, CAGS students participate in a 600-hour field placement that offers direct contact with children.  Depending on a student's professional experience, s/he may request approval of his or her existing practice or employment as a field placement, or the student may request a placement through the School. In either case, students participate in an ongoing case seminar, as well as individual and group clinical supervision.

Catalog for Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Child and Adolescent Intervention


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