The Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy) aims to train clinicians to treat people with psychological disorders who have not benefited from conventional psychotherapies and for whom chronic, complex trauma plays a contributing role.
Mental illness is more common than many people think an estimated 800,000 Australians are affected by depression each year. Contemporary psychotherapy teaches techniques that improve the mental health of those with personality disorders, anxiety disorders, dysthymia, chronic depression, somatisation and conditions in which chronic, complex trauma is a contributing factor.
The therapeutic approach is based on the conversational model but also incorporates concepts from other schools, including self psychology, intersubjectivity theory, development, attachment, trauma theory and memory systems theory and neuroscience. These ideas are centred on concepts of the self, notions of boundary formation, the empathic mode of listening, a focus on subjective experience, and unconscious traumatic memory systems. All are informed by practice and emerging neuroscience.
Our program has a long history of research and training in this field, and contributes to research and scholarship in the field of personality disorder and chronic complex trauma. It is delivered in close liaison with the Western Sydney Local Health District and local clinicians to ensure that the skills taught are practical and relevant to real-world psychotherapy practice settings.
This course will prepare you to develop a career in psychotherapy or as a psychotherapist. Students who complete this program may be eligible to gain professional recognition with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP), subject to other requirements.