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MCP0002 - Child psychotherapy 2 year 1

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.167 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Mrs J Beaufoy


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Seminars include an introduction to psychoanalytic theories of development including developmental perspectives of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, Margaret Mahler, John Bowlby and Donald Winnicott. Psychiatric assessment, assessment for psychotherapy, infant-parent work, child psychotherapy, adolescent psychotherapy, parent therapy and psychodynamic understanding of the family. Clinical Supervision: individual psychotherapy supervision, 2 hours per week. Parent Therapy Supervision, 1 hour per week. Developmental Observation Seminar, 1 hour per week.


The objectives of this unit are:

  1. To continue an exploration in seminars of the psychoanalytic and developmental theories that are the foundation of this work.
  2. To explore the application of these theories to various aspects of clinical work both in seminars and clinical supervision.
  3. To observe the ongoing development of non-clinical children in three developmental phases from early childhood to late adolescence, and integrate these observations with other aspects of the unit.
  4. To submit reports for assessment on each of these three developmental phases.
  5. To complete a clinical assessment and assessment for psychotherapy of patients viz. a child, an adolescent and a set of parents.
  6. To undertake psychotherapy with patients viz. children, adolescents and parents, and to present this work to the clinical supervisors.


Trainees' performance on seminars
Written reports trainees submit of assessments and each series of observations
Written report submitted by clinical supervisors for each trainee detailing progress made
An integration of the various aspects of the unit are to be demonstrated in the students' clinical work