The AIT Program Training (Adolescent Identity Treatment), was deveolped with the aim of training psychotherapists in a comprehensive model used to prevent and treat adolescents diagnosed with personality disorders, as well as its effects on interpersonal, academic and social functioning.


This training program is taught by Dr. Pamela Foelsch, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University (New York), and creator of this therapeutic model that was introduced in Chile (2008) with the collaboration of Andrés Borzutzky, Clinical Psychologist of the Adolescence Unit at the Instituto Médico Schilkrut.

AIT training requires a learning experience and supervision. Currently, there are three places to receive this training (New York, Basel and Santiago), and also will be held in Mexico City and Sao Paulo very soon.

Who can apply?

There are some criteria and previous experience requiered to participate in this specialized training, such as clinical experience in working with adolescents and a solid knowledge of the psychodynamic approach. Applicants’ personal credentials will be reviewed prior to enrollment in the program.

What is the main objective?

During training each participant will develop a critical view of the medical literature evidence-based that is related to the identity development of adolescents and their current psychotherapy research, in order to help therapists to perform better diagnosis and implement the AIT model in a comprehensively way.

The specific objectives are the following:

  • To understand the main theoretical aspects of the AIT model (neurobiology, attachment, family system and object relations) from a critical perspective that place the clinical work on conceptual basis that allow a consistent integration of the normal development as well as the psychopathological elements of personality (identity crisis and identity diffusion).
  • To develop the capacity of diagnostic evaluation from specific theoretical knowledge, not only for allowing a comprehensive understanding of the case, but also for planning appropriate psychotherapeutic directions.
  • To learn the specific tasks within each phase of the AIT model: preparation and education, development and implementation of therapeutic contract, and individual and family therapy work.
  • To develop abilities to properly handle the main techniques, strategies and interventions of the AIT model (clarification, confrontation and interpretation).
  • To develop skills for critical analysis of the own therapeutic interventions and other therapists during the supervision instance, as well a to increase the ability for monitoring the their therapeutic processes.
  • To review the main tools for assessing the adolescents’ personality construct as well as the main methods used to analyze their psychotherapeutic process.

What is the duration of the program?

The AIT Training Program lasts 20 months divided into two phases with 10 months each. The program has 240 hours approximately, which are divided into theoretical and practical activities, such as observation of videos, own clinical cases and supervisions (inidividual and group).

What is the methodology used?

The training is designed to be implemented in two successive stages of six months each. This program emphasizes both, theoretical and practical aspects, being the second aspect largely reinforced during the second phase of training.

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First Stage – 0-10 months (120 hours)

  1. Lectures modules: theoretical clases (Dr. Foelsch and guests), discussion of videos and clinical cases.
  2. Periodic theoretical and practical seminars about the discussion of videos with clinical sessions.
  3. Direct observations of clinical cases supervised.

Second Stage – 0-10 months (120 hours)

  1. Periodic theoretical and practical seminars about the discussion of videos with clinical sessions.
  2. Direct observations of clinical cases supervised.
  3. Observations of interviews throughout the one-way mirror for having later discussions.
  4. To be responsable at least of one clinical case per year (once or twice per week).
  5. Group supervisions of clinical cases.
  6. Intensive Workshops throughout the training program.

What is the schedule?

All the activities will be performed on friday from 15:30 to 18:30 at the Instituto Médico Schilkrut.

How to get more information?

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