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Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adults, Children and Young People

Event number: 18908
7 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven MAPS MCCLP

This workshop introduces a modern view of psychodynamic understanding which can be applied in clinical work with adults, as well as with children, parents and young people. The psychodynamic method is predicated on the recognition that all behavior however challenging and confusing, always has meaning and is a significant communication. In this way, adults through their behavior ‘speak’ their life experience and children ‘speak’ their families.  The behavior or symptom presented is therefore perceived as having relevance particularly with respect to infantile and early childhood experience. The psychodynamic method highlights three areas of human experience that are intrinsic to all clinical work.

These are:

1.Validating unconscious motivation

2.Understanding repetition compulsion:  Why and how problems become repeated

3. Utilizing the transference. Making the relationship between therapist and patient the central focus


The study group includes a focus on:

·         - What is a psychodynamic approach and how does it differ from other mainly behavioural approaches?

·         - Understanding the core constituents of the psychodynamic method including relationship-centred work and the use of the transference

·        -  Setting the scene – creating an appropriate physical and mental setting

·         - Understanding the assessment process and its link to treatment

·         - Understanding the treatment process and its link to outcome

·         - Connecting with systemic issues in work with children, parents and young people

·         - Indications and contra-indications for psychodynamic therapy


Learning outcomes for participants will be:

1.       - Gain an overview of the differences between a psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approach

2.      - Learn how to differentiate between the assessment process and treatment

3.       - Gain insight into working with relationship and transference issues in therapeutic work

4.       - Gain practical information about case management and the physical and mental setting

Note for attendees (full day Study Groups only):

*The Study Group Network aims to keep fees affordable and does not provide lunch. Morning/afternoon tea is included and you are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase something nearby.

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


Lighthouse Foundation
13 Adolph Street
Cremorne, VIC 3121
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 18/11/2017
End date: 18/11/2017
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm


APS member: $220
APS student member: $220
Non APS member: $440


APS - Melbourne Branch
The Study Group Network (SGN) is an initiative of the APS Melbourne Branch designed to improve psychologists’ clinical and research skills and to keep them current with new developments.
Contact Karen Holst
03 8662 3300