Training Program In Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Completion of the training program will take a minimum of four years and involves concurrent participation in:

  • personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, at least twice weekly attendance for the duration of the Training;
  • Infant Observation – weekly observation of an infant and mother for the first 12 months of the infant’s life;
  • a four-year weekly course of theoretical and clinical seminarsthree hours per week;
  • individual weekly clinical supervision of two cases, each seen twice weekly and supervised weekly; the first case for a period of 200 hours (two years), the second for a period of 100 hours (one year); an additional supervised case may be required in some circumstances.

The progress of a trainee is assessed at each stage, and progress to the next stage is dependent on successful completion of the preceding stage.

The curriculum is regularly updated and the contents of the theoretical program in particular, as outlined here, are intended only as a guide.  The weekly three-hour seminar format is divided currently into theoretical and clinical sections.


  • Introductory Seminars- Ethics
    – The Psychotherapeutic Frame
    – Assessment
    – History of Psychoanalysis
    – Becoming a therapist
    – Infant Development and the Inner World
    – Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis
    – Process of Therapy
    – Transference and Countertransference
    – Frequently encountered clinical challenges
  • Infant Observation-       Weekly presentation of observation data in a small group


  • Completion of Infant Observation
  • Commencement of supervised cases
  • Ongoing Seminars-       Psychoanalytic technique
    –       Major Theorists – Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bion
    –       Trainees presenting Clinical work


  • Supervised case work
  • Ongoing Seminars-    Clinical Studies (e.g. specific syndromes and character-types, psychotic processes, trauma)
    –    Other Major Theorists and Schools – e.g. Attachment Theory, Post-Kleinians, Self-Psychology, Relational Psychoanalysis
    –    Technique


  • Supervised case work
  • Ongoing  Seminars-    Further Clinical Studies (e.g. Psychosomatic Illness, Oedipal Issues)
    –    Technique

For further information, please consult the website

or contact Administrative Officer: Lyndall Rees

Ph: 0406 975 434
Fax: (02) 9423 6953

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