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Psychodynamic therapy with children, young people and their parents: Finding meaning not pathology

Event number: 19187
7 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven MAPS MCCLP

This workshop is concerned with identifying the unifying experiences for all children and young people, rather than what sets them apart from each other. The fundamental premise is that assessment and therapy does not commence with the uncovering of pathology, but with the understanding of the meaning of behavior within a relational context.  Emphasising the role of the practitioner is essential to this process, through expanding and enriching their clinical and observational skills in the service of child and family mental health. The workshop covers the following:

  • Taking a developmental focus with respect to the Core Developmental Task in all assessment and therapeutic work
  • Recognising that all behavior has meaning and is a communication
  • The role of the clinician as advocate for the child and young person
  • Recognising the assessment process as the foundational precursor to all treatment of whatever orientation.
  • Utilising the assessment process to avoid an assembly -line diagnosis and include children, young people and parents into a more active level of participation in working towards the solution of their problems

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain insight into the core principles of assessment with children, parents and young people
  • Gain insight into a psychodynamic approach to assessment and therapeutic communication
  • Gain information about the practicalities of therapeutic communication
  • Learn how the approach can be applied more widely in settings such as schools, early childhood and health settings

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
Richmond, VIC 3121
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 5/5/2018
End date: 5/5/2018
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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