CPS5007 - Principles of short term therapy - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jennifer Re


Ms Sarah Anderson

Unit guides




CPS5001, CPS5002, CPS5003, CPS5004 and one of either CPS5005 or CPS5006


Must be enrolled in course code M6022


This unit provides students with an understanding of the history and development of the practice of short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Students will explore how the theoretical principles and practices of short-term therapy can be applied to work with parents and infants, children, adolescents and families. Students will analyse case studies in the readings and their own work experiences to explore the practice issues.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. evaluate the historical and theoretical development of short-term therapy;
  2. critically analyse the models and central issues of short-term therapy;
  3. explain how psychoanalytic concepts and techniques are used in short-term therapy;
  4. critically analyse the application of short-term therapy to the age and developmental stage and presentation of the particular child or adolescent;
  5. explore the practice and application of short-term therapy in a variety of clinical contexts.


  • Essay (2,000 words) (35%)
  • On-campus workshop (1,200 words) (20%)
  • Online Moodle discussion forum tasks (10%)
  • Critical analysis (2,000 words) (35%)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study