Interventions 2 - Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Unit code: APC6092 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park
APC6091 - Interventions 1 - Introduction to CBT
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit complements the work undertaken in Interventions 1, by developing students’ skills in the assessment, formulation, and treatment of adult disorders using psychodynamic psychotherapy theory and practices. The unit furthers student competencies in the Victoria University’s clinical training model, which emphasises both cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic interventions. Learning will focus on the application of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a range of client problems and disorders, meta-competencies in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and application of psychodynamic psychotherapy to high prevalence mental health disorders.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conceptualise, plan and implement a course of treatment based on a psychodynamic framework.
  2. Critically reflect on, contextualise, and apply psychodynamic techniques to a client’s individual requirements.
  3. Critically evaluate client progress and based on the evidence, where necessary revise the intervention plans accordingly.
  4. Critically review, contextualise, and apply psychodynamic psychotherapy to presentations in adult clients.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 30%
Essay psychodynamic therapy interventions and change mechanisms (1500 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Case Study, including formulation of a diagnosis and treatment plan (1500 words)
Assessment type: Review
Grade: 40%
Critical review of a psychotherapy session to demonstrate dynamics and intervention suitability (2000 words)

Required reading

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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