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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Jeanette Beaufoy


Seminars include an introduction to psychoanalytic theories of development including developmental perspectives of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, John Bowlby and Donald Winnicott. Clinical assessment, assessment for psychotherapy, infant-parent work, child psychotherapy, adolescent psychotherapy, parent therapy and psychodynamic understanding of the family, short term therapy and Psychopathology.


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 clinical 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.

Chief examiner(s)

Mrs Jeanette Beaufoy