Interventions 4 - Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Unit code: APC7004 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park
APC6092 - Interventions 2 - Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit in psychodynamic psychotherapy builds on and extends psychodynamic skills and knowledge acquired in the introductory psychodynamic therapy unit. The primary goal is to deepen students’ understanding of the psychodynamic therapy process and refine their therapeutic interventions, making them more confident and effective in their psychodynamic work. While some of the unit topics will be the same topics covered in first year units, treatment of these topics will be more detailed, critical, technique oriented, and grounded in students’ own clinic experience. Relevant video material will be used as an educational resource to illustrate technical principles. Additionally, this unit also includes new topics and emphases, either not addressed or not covered in detail previously. Students will be introduced to the theory and technique of child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy, case formulation and treatment planning. Attachment status and its implications for psychotherapy process and interventions will also be covered.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Exhibit increasing conceptual and technical proficiency in psychodynamic therapy with adults;
  2. Conduct effective child and adolescent case formulation and treatment planning, and be able to implement this in work with child clients;
  3. Exhibit knowledge of attachment status, its clinical features, and its implications for the psychotherapy relationship and process; and
  4. Critically reflect on and accurately evaluate the impact of one’s own attitudes, behaviours and interventions on the psychotherapy process and interaction.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 25%
Child therapy case formulation and treatment plan. (Indicative word length: 1000 words)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 25%
Attachment styles and therapeutic relationship implications (Indicative word length: 1000 words)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 50%
Submission of a psychotherapy video segment and written critical reflection. (Indicative word length: 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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