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

Event number: 19184
7 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven MAPS MCCLP

Time -limited psychodynamic psychotherapy has a long and distinguished research evidence base in the UK and the USA. The evidence base refutes the stereotype that psychodynamic therapy is solely synonymous with long term therapy. This model emphasizes the dynamic capacity for growth and change, rather than a focus exclusively on pathology. For children as well as adults, the presenting symptom is perceived as the ‘opportunity’ that enables us to understand how children ‘speak’ their family and how adults ‘speak’ their history. In child and adolescent therapy, we recognize that the most enduring therapeutic outcomes involve not only a shift or change in the young person, but also a shift in the parents’ perspective of themselves.  In adult therapy, we are concerned with finding capacity in the individual and the recalibration of the presenting problem.  For children, parents and adults, time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy requires us to attend simultaneously to the three inter-connected domains of the intra-psychic, the interpersonal and the systemic in the therapeutic process. The workshop will illustrate the time-limited conceptual framework with case vignettes and examples from clinical experience.


Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding the assessment process – from hypothesis to formulation
  • Creating change within a time-limited format
  • Developing therapeutic communication – the primacy of the therapeutic encounter
  • Applying the core principles of the time-limited psychodynamic approach in a practical way to clinical work
  • Managing beginnings, endings and returns


Who can attend?

This one day workshop will be most suitable for psychologists with existing therapeutic experience who wish to expand their understanding of time-limited psychotherapy. The workshop will only  be suitable for students who have some clinical experience and a current caseload in their placement.


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.

**Please be advsied room is on level one and there is no lift access.

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

South Yarra

Hurstwood Clinic
Level 1, 16A Toorak Rd
South Yarra, VIC 3141
Start date: 17/2/2018
End date: 17/2/2018
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.
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