Section II: Childhood and Adolescence


Section II fosters a sense of community between like-minded professionals by creating opportunities for networking and by promoting the dissemination and awareness of psychoanalytic models of development with children and adolescents.



  Join Section II

Membership is open to licensed mental health professionals, professionals in allied fields, and graduate students who are members of division 39.

  • Section II seeks to promote opportunities for dialogue, collaboration and networking among psycho-dynamically informed mental health professionals working with infants, children, adolescents, and their families. 
  • We seek members who work as clinicians and/or who research, teach or write from diverse psycho-dynamically informed theoretical and intervention lenses. 
  • Furthermore, we seek to create a multicultural and multidisciplinary atmosphere which promotes the development of a professional community focused on promoting the presence of the “Voice of the Child” within the larger psychoanalytic dialogue.

Why Join Section II?

  • Free electronic version of JICAP (Journal of Infant , Child and Adolescent Mental Health) and option to receive the paper copy for only $40 (The usual price of this package is $105)
  • Access to the members only area of our website: in which you will be able to find our electronic newsletter: “Developmental Lines” with sections on book reviews, announcements for conferences and job opportunities. Our website also has a listserv where members can join and participate in topical discussions on child work and innovative integrative perspectives, a section for early career professionals, as well as an open invitation to contribute with articles and editorials to all our membership.



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Philadelphia Declaration of Play:


Memories of Play

Bringing Back Childhood for the Future of Society

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