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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipChildPS
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Ms Fiona Kelly, Monash University at Mindful Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health: telephone +61 3 9371 0203; email

Postgraduate course administrator, Monash Medical Centre: telephone +61 3 9594 1478; email or visit

Course coordinator

Ms Fiona Kelly


  • This course is available to international students, but is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


This course, offered by the School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, is directed primarily towards health, welfare and education professionals working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems and who wish to upgrade and develop their skills and understanding in the area. It aims to increase the participants' knowledge of psychoanalytic and developmental theory and the application of these to the treatment of children and adolescents with psychological difficulties, and to consider how this knowledge may be applied in their own workplace. This course does not provide specialist clinical training.


On completion of the course graduates:

  • should be critical thinkers and in addition be able to pursue lifelong learning and self directed professional development
  • will be educated about the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to effectively work in the area of child and adolescent mental health
  • will be able to demonstrate the application of psychoanalytic and development theory to the practice of child psychotherapy, adolescent therapy, parent therapy and developmental observation
  • will 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
  • will be able to identify areas of further development in regard to practical skills or research interests that may lead to further training.


Assessment will comprise regular and final assignments and interactive assessment via a residential workshop and threaded discussion groups via the internet.


The course consists of eight core units.


First year

  • DCP0001 Psychoanalytic and developmental theories I
  • DCP0002 Normal developmental observation
  • DCP0003 Psychoanalytic and developmental theories II
  • DCP0004 Psychodynamic assessment of children and adolescents

Second year

  • DCP0005 Principles of child psychotherapy
  • DCP0006 Principles of adolescent psychotherapy
  • DCP0007 Principles of short-term therapy and crisis work
  • DCP0008 Principles of working with parents


Graduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy Studies