This is a three-year part time course which prepares and develops candidates for the practice of Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
The course is composed of three main strands facilitating the growth and development of practicing therapist.
- A theoretical strand of interactive seminars for which extensive reading material is provided
- A clinical strand involving supervision in an individual and small peer group context. Supervision is provided by using each candidates audio-recorded sessions which allows for a micro-analytic approach to the therapeutic process.
- Six Saturday morning seminars, an annual retreat and the annual conference complement the course structure with a variety of clinical and theoretical presentations by experts in the field.
The Conversational Model is the predominant model taught. It is an integrated model based in a psychology of human relatedness. This is a well researched model for the treatment for Personality Disorders with outcome studies published both in Australia and internationally. This model was developed by Russell Meares in collaboration with the late Robert Hobson and incorporates infant research, developmental theory, trauma theory, linguistics, neurophysiology, memory research, contemporary relational and self-psychology. Comparison with other psychoanalytic models is provided.
The course is provided by an experienced psychoanalytically-trained multidisciplinary faculty with additional invited specialist lecturers from time to time.