The Self in Conversation (Vol. VII)

Edited by Russell Meares and Pauline Nolan

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The Self in Conversation Volume VII

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  • The Self in Conversation (Vol. VII)

  • ANZAP Office Address




Commencing March 2016

The Conversational Model of Psychotherapy has become one of the best validated models of psychotherapy and has a strong evidence base for the treatment of conditions such as depression, self-harm and BPD.


Our three year part-time distance training course in adult psychotherapy offers an ideal opportunity for those not domiciled in Sydney to be trained in the Conversational Model.


Our three year part-time course in adult psychotherapy will be conducted in Sydney from March 2016.


To register your interest in either course, please contact Anne Malecki at the ANZAP office



A Saturday morning seminar to be presented by Dr Joan Haliburn and Dr Michael Williamson

9.30 am - 1.00 pm on Saturday, 31 October 2015 at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Glebe

Please watch this website for further information.


Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy

ANZAP was formed in 1987 to improve opportunities for the exchange of ideas, to establish a regular training program in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and from time to time a supervisor training program for those who have received training.

ANZAP arose out of the psychotherapy program developed and run since 1983 by the Psychotherapy Unit, University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital, where the ideas of Russell Meares and the late Robert Hobson which began to develop in 1965 in the United Kingdom, linked here in Sydney with those of Kohut’s Self Psychology, the humanistic tones of which resonated with their ideas. Based on their many years of combined clinical experience, and the clinical experience developed within this unit, it took a new direction and came to be known as the Conversational Model.

The Conversational Model
Self is conceived as a particular form of mental activity, or process, the dynamic and moving form of which is manifest in the stream of consciousness (William James) and in certain kinds of conversation. The theoretical framework of the Conversational Model depends mainly on the development of self in relationship, and the integration of unconscious traumatic memory. It has integrated psychoanalytic understanding with research in the fields of trauma and developmental theory, linguistics, memory and neurophysiology, in a way that is applicable in day-to-day psychotherapeutic practice, and can be taught through the supervision of audio-taped sessions with patients and clients, complemented with didactic seminars and reading material. It has been and continues to be scientifically tested and has been recognized internationally as a significant development in the treatment of those with severe emotional disorders. It continues to evolve while maintaining its core features.

Seminars & Publications
ANZAP publishes a Bulletin three times a year and presents a bi-monthly seminar on contemporary issues in psychotherapy with a mix of clinical and theoretical content. It has published 7 editions of The Self in Conversation, a yearly journal of articles related to the Conversational Model. Although this is no longer being published it is possible to purchase past editions (see below).

The Annual Conference
With invited and submitted papers, interesting key-note speakers and workshops is the highlight of the year and attracts quite considerable interest in the psychotherapy community.

Several Training programs have been successfully conducted over the years in Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville, Canberra, and currently in Hobart.

ANZAP will commence another Distance Training Course in the Conversational Model in March 2016