Introductory courses

A range of short courses and ongoing workshops covering a wide range of psychoanalytic topics in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.


Melbourne Institute for Psychoanalysis

These are the courses currently available in Melbourne. Click on the course name to learn more.

Models of the Mind (2019) ↓

A part-time course (March to Oct inc) that gives participants an introduction to key concepts in psychoanalytic thinking. With a focus on contributions from major theorists, it will help build a psychoanalytical understanding of the mind and how it develops. The course helps create a framework to understanding everyday human experience, as well as good grounding in the clinical setting. It would be of interest to professionals in the mental health field as well as graduates from other health and non-health disciplines interested in learning more about analytic thinking and practice. It is a stand-alone professional development course, but may also interest participants with an interest in future related training.


Contact Tim Alexander for more information and to book your place

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Adelaide Institute for Psychoanalysis
These are the courses currently available in Adelaide. Click on the course name to learn more.

Theoretical Seminars ↓

A four year introductory seminar program on psychoanalytic theory, making up the theoretical training for candidates of the Adelaide branch of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society.

The course is also open to practicing clinicians who want to enhance their understanding of psychoanalysis.

Seminar leaders are internationally recognised analysts who join us by video-conference.

Workshops and Case Supervision for Psychiatry Trainees ↓

We run a year long seminar program for psychiatry trainees on psychoanalytic thinking.

We also offer analytically oriented case supervision in a major teaching hospital for interested psychiatrists and psychiatric registrars. This is offered on an ad hoc basis so that clinicians are able to attend when they are available.

Management of suicidal patients in the Emergency Department ↓

We run a series of psychoanalytically-oriented clinical seminars for psychiatrists and psychiatry trainees to assist in de-escalating and managing suicidal patients who present to the Emergency Department.


Contact Gil Anaf for more information and to book your place

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Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis

These are the courses currently available in Sydney. Click on the course name to learn more.

PPC@SIP (2019) ↓

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Course (PCC) at the Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis offers a good foundation to develop observation and listening skills.

With a syllabus based on a mixture of introductory readings and papers that extend understanding more deeply, this course suits newcomers to psychodynamic thinking as well as more experienced clinicians.

To gain the best practical understanding of the course material, we recommend participants have some personal experience of psychodynamic therapy.

PPC is suitable as a stand alone professional development module, or as a stepping stone to the SIP Small Group Seminar program. It will also help prepare students for other training programs at SIP and similar organisations.

SIP provides support to suitable PPC students with a scholarship program to cover course fees, and some Australian Psychoanalytic Foundation bursaries may also be available. In addition, a mentorship program assists participants to consider their further professional development.

Students will enjoy access to a library and a PEP-web subscription for one year.

Small Group Seminars and Consultation (SGSC) ↓

The Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis offers a series of consultations and small group seminars, both in the room and remotely by video-conference to participants in other states, and overseas. SGSC seminars complement the existing PPC Course and EPIC seminars at SIP.

SGSC sessions are self-contained professional development activities, and a supportive opportunity for clinicians to ‘learn from experience.’ Assistance is available for clinicians who want to follow a pathway of seminars to develop specific clinical interests, and consultation groups can be tailored to requests.

These groups explore the use of psychodynamic thinking in diverse areas, including clinical work with many types of patients (mother-infant, child, adolescent, couple, and adult work); clinical reading groups and pathways to training in short term psychodynamic psychotherapy; observational study groups and different types of small groups (inter-vision, and supervision) to facilitate the development of different perspectives.

Groups of 2-10 clinicians meet in person or by video-conference with a member of Sydney or Melbourne Institute for Psychoanalysis.


These ongoing seminars explore the work of a particular analyst and their theories on psychoanalysis. You can attend in person, or participate online by video-conference.

Psychoanalytic Thinkers

Mental health workplace dynamics and their impact on patients and staff: Hinshelwood, Menzies-Lyeth, & Main
Mark Howard, Friday fortnightly 2.10—3.20pm, in Gordon or video-conference

A Fruitful Harvest: Jeff Eaton’s ideas applied to work discussions
Mark Howard, Friday fortnightly 3.30—4.50pm; Gordon or video-conference

The Body & Psychoanalysis: “Ouch it hurts”
Sonia Wechsler, Wednesday, fortnightly, 2.00—3.15pm, Paddington or video-conference

Specialised Clinical Groups
These seminars are designed to help newcomers to psychodynamic ideas, and recently qualified practitioners, apply psychodynamic thinking to their work.

The Setting
Pam Shein, Monday fortnightly, 10.15—11.30am, Edgecliff or video-conference

From the Get Go for Clinical Psychologists
Mark Howard, first (and, on request, third) Wednesday of the month, 6.30—7.40pm Gordon, or video-conference

Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
These seminars offer a pathway to training in short-term treatment.

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
Mark Howard, Thursday fortnightly 2.10—3.00pm by video-conference

Family work
These seminars explore psychodynamic work with specific patient groups.

Working with young children and their parents
Jyotsna Field, Monday, weekly, 12.30—2.00pm, Crows Nest

Working with adolescents
Louise Hird, Wednesday fortnightly, 2.00—3.20pm, Pymble and video-conference

Working with mothers and babies
Catherine Bailey & Louise Hird, Thursday, fortnightly, 1.00—2.00pm, Pymble and video-conference

Perinatal work group
Sonia Wechsler, Friday, fortnightly, 11.00—12.15pm, Paddington and video-conference

Observational studies
These seminars help practitioners develop observational skills useful in all types of clinical work.

Observation work
Leonie Sullivan, Monday, weekly, 9.00—10.00am; St Leonards, other times by request

Infant observation
Pam Shein, Tuesday, weekly, 10—11.30am, Edgecliff

Work discussion, inter-vision, and Balint groups
These seminars offer different types of group discussion to explore and expand on the meaning of difficulties in clinical and work settings.

Learn more about Balint groups.

Clinical supervision group: “Working with internet based treatments for individuals and groups”
Leonie Sullivan, Mondays, weekly, 2.00—3.00pm, St Leonards

Clinical supervision group: “Thinking about beginnings & endings”
Leonie Sullivan, Friday, weekly, 1.40—2.40pm, St Leonards

Balint groups
Leonie Sullivan, Wednesday, fortnightly, 1.00—2.40pm & Fridays 2.40—3.40pm St Leonards; online groups Wednesdays & Fridays, other times available by request

Clinical supervision group
Louise Hird, Friday weekly, 9.00—10.00am, Pymble

Forms and contact

Please complete and return by post or email an SGS & VC-SGS Application Form if you would like to join one of the SGS sessions listed above.


Contact Catherine Bailey, Pam Shein, Karyn Todes or Mark Howard for more information

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