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Office Address

PO Box 4087

Tel: (02) 8004 9873 if calling from Australia
Tel: (04)   887 0300 if calling from New Zealand

Fax: (02) 9012 0546

  • ANZAP Office Address

  • ANZAP Office Address



4 November 2017
9.30 am - 12.30 pm


Responsibility, Blame and Forgiveness in

the Clinical Setting


Dr Hanna Pickard (streaming live from the UK)
Phillip Graham

Sydney University New Law School Annexe 340

Registration to be opened shortly


An Introduction to the Conversational Model of Psychotherapy

Saturday, 21 October

2.30 - 4.30 pm

NSWIPP Premises

123A Mitchell Street (Cnr Derwent St)


Our Introductory workshop will introduce the main elements of the Conversational Model and is highly recommended for anyone who is considering applying to commence training with us.

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Training in the Conversational Model - Contemporary Theory
Article Index
Training in the Conversational Model
Contemporary Theory
Course Structure
Course Materials
Course Fees
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Integrating Contemporary Theory and Research
Attachment Theory, Infant Development research, Trauma, Affect, Memory, Consciousness, Intersubjectivity and Relational psychoanalytic theory are important strands in this training, as are neuroscientific correlates of these phenomena, and linguistic theory pertaining to psychoanalytic therapy.

Attachment Theory is studied from its origins in the work of John Bowlby, through its development in infant and adult research by Ainsworth and Main, to its current central position in psychotherapy theory in writings of Fonagy, Target, and Holmes.

Infant Development research is studied in the work of Daniel Stern, Michael Lewis, Colwyn Trevarthen, Beatrice Beebe and others. Analysis of the infant/parent interaction, with its mutual and self regulation of affect, provides an understanding, both of the failures of normal self development and the requirements of therapist and the therapeutic milieu in an effective psychotherapy.

Trauma is studied, from the early work of Pierre Janet to the more recent work of Bessel van der Kolk, Alexander McFarland, Onno van der Hart, Ellert Nijenhuis, Judith Herman. Concepts such as Developmental Trauma and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder provide understanding of the origin of disorders of the Self and thus the salient therapeutic approaches.

Affect Theory is studied in the work of Darwin, Tomkins, Panksepp with particular emphasis on the role of guilt and shame described by Nathanson and others.

Memory and Consciousness have been topics of major interest in recent decades. Aspects of these topics are addressed, as they apply to psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Neuroscience is studied in its application to understanding trauma, memory, affect, Attachment and the effects of psychotherapy. The writings of Allan Schore, Antonio Damasio, Daniel Siegel, and Jaak Panksepp are studied. Students are encouraged to analyse scientific studies and understand how these connect with clinical work.

In Intersubjectivity and Relational psychoanalysis the focus is on contemporary understanding of the therapeutic relationship. The works of Robert Stolorow, George Atwood, Donna Orange, Stephen Mitchell, Philip Bromberg, Donnal Stern and others are examined.

Psychoanalytic Tradition
Historical and contemporary psychoanalytic theories form an essential context for the study of the Conversational Model. The psychoanalytic schools and influence derived from the writings of Sigmund Freud (Classical Psychoanalysis), Heinz Kohut (Self-Psychology), C G Jung (Analytical Psychology), H S Sullivan (Relational), Melanie Klein( Object Relations) and D W Winnicott, are studied.

Clinical Practice
Practical psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy is studied from an ethical basis. This includes assessment, establishing the therapeutic relationship, establishing the frame, and recognizing the transference/ countertransference aspects of the unfolding relationship. It includes study of the stages of therapy and the recognition of difficulties within a therapy which may require referral to or discussion with colleagues.  The ongoing need for supervision and continuing education as a practicing psychotherapist is explored

A goal in the development of the Conversational Model has been achieving a testable model of psychotherapy.   Research published in leading peer- reviewed journals of this mode of therapy has demonstrated beneficial change to patients (see website papers).