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Tel: (04)   887 0300 if calling from New Zealand

Fax: (02) 9012 0546

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Professor Martin Dorahy Live Streaming from Christchurch

Director of Clinical Psychology Program, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

President, International Society for the study of Trauma and Dissociation


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Sydney University
New Law Seminar Room 340
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown
8 July (changed from 24 June)

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Professor Dorahy has an empirical and clinical interest in complex traumatic stress and dissociative disorders. He is also interested in process-oriented psychotherapy, particularly psychodynamic therapies including intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy.

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Training in the Conversational Model - Course Structure
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Course Structure
The course has 7 strands

i) Seminars
These will be one and a half hours duration and will be held every week of the academic year. These weekly seminars of a didactic nature are conducted to give the candidate a strong and coherent framework in which to organize their therapeutic work.  The Conversational Model is the core focus within contemporary and traditional psychoanalytic theory, and contributions from related fields such as neuroscience and developmental research.
The ethical and practical aspects of psychotherapy are also presented in an integrated way.

(ii) Clinical casework
Candidates will undertake psychotherapy with clients during the three years of the course. They will be expected to begin with the first client early in the first year and to begin with the second client early in the second year. By the middle of the second year all candidates will be seeing two clients, each for at least two sessions per week.  The course requirement is for one patient to be seen for a minimum of 200 hours and a second patient for a minimum of 100 hours.              

(iii) Clinical Supervision
The clinical supervision will be conducted weekly for the whole of the academic year. In the first year all candidates are expected to present audio-recorded sessions in small group supervision. In the second and third years there will be, in addition, individual supervision with a second supervisor which continues through the whole year. These supervisions are arranged to allow a variety of supervision experience.

(iv) Individual Study
Candidates will be given reading material and a reading list at the beginning of each year and will be asked to prepare a seminar in second and third year.

(v) Collegial activities
The course includes a weekend residential component with a focus on group development and participation.   The prize-winning dissertations from Year III are presented to the members and students, as part of the Graduation ceremony at this Retreat. Attendance at the Saturday seminars and at the Annual Conference is part of the course. Fees for these activities are partly met by the course fees (see Fee section).  

(vi) Assessments
Assessment is an ongoing process throughout the whole year with an essay paper, including clinical material, presented six-monthly and a clinical viva at the end of each year.

At the end of each semester a candidate will be required to have their supervisor record what progress has been made in both the clinical and theoretical strands. The group supervisor will assess the six-monthly essays.  In the clinical viva the candidate will be expected to present an example of their psychotherapy sessions on audiotape to the examiners. This assessment will focus on clinical and theoretical issues and will include time for feedback to the student.
At the end of third year, subject to satisfactory progress in clinical work, the candidate will present at a clinical viva as described above. Candidates will present an 8,000 word thesis which will be internally marked. The written dissertation should display a scholarly grasp of either a clinical or theoretical issue. It should be the result of the candidate’s ability to think critically and independently.

(vii) Personal Therapy
In the requirement for professional registration at this advanced level of psychotherapy training, students are expected to have had a personal therapy.
At least part of the therapy will be concurrent with the course.

The seminar curriculum is designed to provide a learning experience over three years in which the clinical strand is closely interwoven with the didactic strand.

Year I
Module 1. Introduction to Self and the Conversational Model
Module 2. Assessment and the Psychotherapy Relationship
Module 3. Self and Psychopathology
Module 4. The Disrupted Self
Students  in Year I will be expected to develop increased skills in assessment, formulation, developing the therapy relationship as well as application of core concepts of the Conversational Model, in particular the linguistic expression  of self-states and therapeutic interaction. Ethics seminars are presented each year.

Year II
Module 1. Trauma and the Self
Module 2. Affect Regulation and Self
Module 3. Self in Relation to Other Schools
Module 4. Self and Contemporary Schools
Seminars in first semester will cover theory and clinical disorders related to Trauma, Affect, and Affect Regulation, followed in second semester by contemporary and classical psychoanalytic schools. These modules will contextualize and deepen the theoretical understanding of the Conversational Model. The clinical focus will be on increasing ability to recognize the emergence of traumatic memory systems in the therapy and to respond to client material by representation and amplification particularly of emerging affect.

Year III
Module 1. Disruptions of Self in Therapy
Module 2. Clinical Conditions in Self-Disorder
Module 3. Transformation
Module 4. Integration and Termination
Seminars explore developments that potentially block or disrupt the therapy process, and common clinical conditions that require particular therapeutic approaches. Advanced concepts in the Conversational Model are studied. Later seminars in third year describe the transformational process of therapy and the indicators of progress in the language and experience of the therapy relationship. The final seminars prepare the student for ongoing practice and development as therapists.  
In Year 2 and Year 3 seminars are scheduled for student presentations on current topics, including in Year 3 the thesis topic.