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Introduction to time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling with adults, children and parents

Event number: 17476
16 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven MAPS, MCCLP

This is an eight part Study Group series running on Fridays throughout May and June 2017, 10.00am - 12.00pm each Friday (16 hours in total)


May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

Short term focused psychodynamic counselling and therapy has a long and distinguished research evidence base in Britain and the United States. The evidence base refutes the stereotype that psychodynamic therapy is solely synonymous with long term clinical work and applicable only to a limited group of patients. This eight week training will enable participants to be able to understand how to apply the key principles of psychodynamic therapeutic work in short term therapy with a wide range of clients and patients who present with a variety of different problems.

The training is suitable for psychologists and other mental health practitioners working in current clinical practice in public and private settings.  The training is an intensive learning experience and is limited to a maximum of 16 people.

The training covers three main areas:

1. Introduction to the history of research into short-term psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. What we can learn from the evidence?

2. Overview of the protocol with specific reference to short term psychodynamic counselling and therapy. 

This includes:

- The connection between relationships, attachment and the brain

- The primacy of the core developmental task

- The impact of separation, loss and trauma

- Individual, interpersonal and systemic connections 

- The therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic alliance

- Understanding group and organisational processes in the work setting and their impact on clinical practice

3. The Psychodynamic Method

The training sessions are intended to be practical and applicable to participants’ work situations. Learning will be both factual and experiential. Prior to the training each participant is requested to select a case or small number of cases they are currently working with. Through the ongoing discussion and small group exercises in each seminar, they will learn how to apply the protocol to their clinical work by focusing on the following areas:

- The dynamics of the assessment process - from hypothesis to formulation

- Creating change within a time-limited format

- Trusting the process rather than the strategy

- Understanding the presenting problem – how children ‘speak’ the family, how adults ‘speak’   their life experience

- Working in partnership with parents

- Developing therapeutic communication – the primacy of the therapeutic encounter

- Managing beginnings, endings and returns

Learning outcomes

  • Understand core principles of the psychodynamic method
  • Know how to work with the reflective hypothesis in the therapeutic encounter
  • Recognise the impact of early separation, loss and trauma 
  • Developed skills in focusing on the core conflict and finding the leverage in short - term work

About the presenter(s)

The presenter Ruth Schmidt Neven PhD is a clinical psychologist and child psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. She is the founder director of the Centre for Child and Family Development in Melbourne and was previously inaugural Chief Psychotherapist at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Ruth has worked with children, adults, parents and families over four decades in the UK and in Australia. She runs training programmes on all aspects of child and family development throughout Australia and overseas including at the University of Cambridge. Ruth has written numerous clinical papers and is the author of four books including Time-Limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: An interactive approach, Emotional Milestones: Development from birth to adulthood, and Core Principles of Assessment and Therapeutic Communication with Children, Parents and Families. She is the principal author of Rethinking ADHD with psychologists Dr. Vicki Anderson and Tim Godber. Her latest book Time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents: An interactive approach' has been published by Routledge in October 2016.


Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.

Online registration


Drummond Street Services
100 Drummond St
Carlton, VIC 3053
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 5/5/2017
End date: 23/6/2017
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm


APS Member: $440
APS Student: $440
Non Member: $880


APS - Melbourne Branch
Contact Karen Holst
03 8662 3300