Master of Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Course code: 0203 ~ Course abbreviation: MCPP ~ Total credit points required: 96 ~ 6 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Study mode and course location
On-campus (Austin Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg - P/T only)
This course, offered by the School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, is conducted primarily at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg, Victoria. The aim of this degree is to provide the opportunity for psychotherapists from various disciplines to examine critically the theoretical and research bases of the practice of child psychotherapy in the context of ongoing clinical skills training in this area, to understand the issues of research methodology in this field, and to contribute to the body of knowledge in this field by means of a substantial piece of scholarship. The long-term objective is to raise the academic and clinical standard of child psychotherapy and encourage scholarship and research in the field.
On completion of the course graduates should be critical thinkers and be able to pursue lifelong learning and self directed professional development. They will be educated about the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to effectively work in the area of child and adolescent mental health; they will be able to demonstrate a capacity to integrate and apply a knowledge and understanding of psychoanalytic and development theory to clinical material in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental health to enable them to work effectively as Child Psychotherapists in this area; further more should also be able to conduct research and evaluation in clinical practice; have a broad understanding of the cultural differences that exist in our community and have culturally responsive skills in reflection on, and recording of, observations of infants, children and adolescents in both clinical and naturalistic settings; and be able to identify areas of further development in regard to practical skills or research interests that may lead to further training.
The degree is undertaken by a combination of coursework and a minor research thesis. The course must be completed part-time in not less than three years and not more than six years.
Students are required to complete three hours of coursework per week per semester over three years.
Clinical work requirement
Students undertake three hours supervision of psychotherapy work per week per semester over three years, plus each student is to have at least two children, two adolescents and two parents in psychotherapy during the course.
Attendance is required at a series of seminars and other workshops on research methodology, data analysis, and critical examination of the literature relevant to the field of child psychoanalytic psychotherapy and the planning, preparation and writing of the minor thesis.
Candidates submit a substantial piece of individual scholarship in the form of a minor thesis at the end of their final year.
Assessment of the coursework will be by continual evaluation based on evidence of attendance and participation, and the submission of assignments related to the units being undertaken for the degree. An integration of the various aspects of the unit is to be demonstrated in the students' clinical work. This may be supplemented by written and oral examinations.
Mrs Jeanette Beaufoy, Austin Health: telephone +61 3 9496 4118; email email@example.com
Ms Jeanette Beaufoy