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Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy)

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Overview

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.

Specialisations

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

The Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy) consists of 72 credit points comprising coursework, supervised clinical work and a research treatise. You will complete this course part-time, normally over three years. Classes in this course are designed in the form of six strands and these are grand rounds, seminars, practical work, clinical supervision, reading and assessment. Each strand involves different requirements that you are expected to complete.

Units of Study

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the school to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. 

For the Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy), all students complete a 10,000 word psychotherapy treatise as the capstone experience.

Admission requirement

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy) will:

(a) hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; and

(b) have obtained experience in a clinical area related to mental health; and

(c) hold current professional indemnity insurance to practice psychotherapy in NSW; and

(d) have achieved satisfactory performance at an interview as required.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Professional accreditation

Upon successful completion of the Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy) at Sydney Medical School graduates will have achieved proficiency as psychotherapists to the point of gaining professional recognition with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP).  The qualification may also be used in relation to gaining accreditation with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology. Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine. It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy) aims to train clinicians to deal effectively with people suffering from psychological disorders not aided by the more traditional psychotherapies. This course is suitable for general practitioners, psychiatry registrars and psychiatrists who wish to develop a career in psychotherapy or as psychotherapists.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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