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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Marell Lynch


This unit is designed to present an introduction to the theoretical principles underlying the practice of short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and crisis work. Areas covered will include assessment and treatment issues.


This unit is designed to give students knowledge of the several modes of shorter term psychotherapeutic response and their attendant practices. The unit, as one of the final units of the program, will attempt to overview the course and reflect upon the effective use of psychoanalytic psychotherapy skill in a range of non-traditional applications.
On completion of this unit the student is expected to:

  1. have an understanding of the historical development of short-term therapy;
  2. have an understanding of the models and central issues of short-term, brief and crisis therapy;
  3. understand the application of short-term, brief and crisis therapy to the age and developmental stage of the particular child or adolescent;
  4. have an understanding of the use of transference and counter-transference and interpretation in this work through detail case examples;
  5. understand the importance of the development of skills through training prior to undertaking this work; and
  6. reflect upon the application of psychoanalytic understanding to the variety of needs present in child and adolescent community mental health auspices.


Two written assignments (2400 words each)(40% each)
Attendance at On-campus workshop (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Marell Lynch


DCP0001, DCP0002, DCP0003, DCP0004, DCP0005 or DCP0006