Professional Training

Training information for Professionals

Contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy

There is currently no psychotherapy training programs in Australia that teach a contemporary, relational psychotherapy approach that incorporates both interpersonal neurobiology and intersubjectivity theory.

However, the Empathink Association of Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology conduct a yearly conference and an introductory workshop to the concepts of self-psychology which provides an excellent grounding in a more contemporary psychoanalytic approach.

The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Psychotherapy is an American training institute founded in 1987 by  leading therapists and academics in the contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy approach. They offer a one year distance education program via Skype for groups of four or more interested practitioners.

Other training programs/ institutes

In Australia, the following organisations incorporate some aspects of interpersonal neurobiology and contemporary relational psychotherapy in their training:

ANZAP Conversational Model

Developed by Prof Russell Meares, based in Sydney. Three year analytic training.

Gestalt Therapy Australia

Two or four year course in Gestalt therapy, based in Melbourne. Experiential group process.

Australian Childhood Foundation

Although primarily aimed at practitioners working with children and adolescents, the ACF are using contemporary research and theory that combines infant development, trauma, neurobiology and relational theory in their training. Click on the link below to find 2014 professional development in your state:

The ACF are also providing training in Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy:

The Delphi Centre

The Delphi Centre, Melbourne, have hosted numerous international speakers of significant note within the trauma field. Check their website for training information, and other useful information and resources regarding PTSD and dissociative disorders.

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