Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Jeanette Beaufoy


Seminars on: 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. Clinical Supervision: individual Psychotherapy supervision, 2 hours per week. Parent Therapy Supervision, 1 hour per week. Developmental Observation Seminar, 1 hour per week.


The objectives of this unit are:

  1. To begin 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 birth to early childhood and to integrate these observations with other aspects of the unit.
  4. To submit reports for assessment on each of these three developmental phases.
  5. To undertake a clinical assessment and assessment for psychotherapy of patients viz. a child, an adolescent and a set of parents.


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