Introductory courses

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


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.

The new PPC@SIP Course, ‘Levels of Listening,’ will commence on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

‘Levels of Listening’ will assist the clinician to hear, understand and attend to different levels of communication with her patient. Transference and counter transference experiences will be explored as central for the clinician to attune herself to her patient, and to put her understanding into words.

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

Please download and save the application form on your computer before completing and returning it by email to

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.

Mother-Infant, Child, Adolescent and Couples Work
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These seminars explore psychodynamic work with specific patient groups

Clinical Supervision Group for mental health workers interested in working with adults and / or children and adolescents
Louise Hird, Wednesday fortnightly, 2.00 - 3.20pm, Pymble and via video conference.

Working with Mothers and Babies (clinical group)
Catherine Bailey & Louise Hird, Thursday, fortnightly, 1.00 - 2.00pm, Pymble and via videoconference.

Specialised Clinical Groups
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These seminars aim to assist newcomers to psychodynamic ideas, and recently qualified practitioners to apply psychodynamic thinking in their work.

The Setting (clinical Group)
Pam Shein, Monday fortnightly, 10.15—11.30am, Edgecliff or video-conference.

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

Observational Studies
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These seminars assist practitioners to develop observational skills that are very useful in all types of clinical work

Infant Observation
Pam Shein, Tuesday, weekly, 10 - 11.30am, Edgecliff

Psychoanalytic Thinkers
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These seminars explore the work of a particular psychoanalytic thinker and its application to clinical practice.

How do we become who we are? Personality Development: A Psychoanalytic Perspective
Louise Hird, Wednesday fortnightly 12.30 – 1.30pm; Pymble and via videoconference.

Anne Alvarez’s “Live Company”: ways of reaching difficult patients in clinical practice
Karyn Todes, Friday fortnightly 12.45 - 2.00pm, Dover Heights, and via videoconference.

Thomas Ogden: Helping patients reclaim “unlived lives” and use dreaming in the analytic space
Karyn Todes, Thursdays fortnightly 1 - 2.15 pm via videoconference.

Work Discussion and Balint groups
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These seminars offer different types of group discussion to explore and expand on the meaning of difficulties in clinical and work settings

The Thinking Heart - using Anne Alvarez's ideas in clinical work
Mark Howard, Thursday fortnightly 1.40 - 3.00pm, via videoconference.

Clinical Supervision Group
Louise Hird, Friday weekly, 9.00 - 10.00am, Pymble.

Clinical supervision group for mental health professionals interested in and newer to psychoanalysis
Karyn Todes, Friday, fortnightly, 12.45- 2pm Dover Heights, and via videoconference.

A Fruitful Harvest - using Jeff Eaton’s ideas in clinical work
Mark Howard, Friday fortnightly 3.40 - 5.00pm; Gordon and via videoconference.

Balint Group
Leonie Sullivan, open to expressions of interest for an in person group, and or a Zoom group, with day/time to be decided by group

Please download and save the application form on your computer before completing and returning it by email to


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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) ↓

Models of the Mind (MOM) is 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.

The 2019 MOM course is currently under way and applications are now closed. It is expected that it will be offered in 2021. In the interim, shorter educational courses offered by the Melbourne Institute for Psychoanalysis will be placed on this website as they become available.

Please complete the enquiry form and submit to Tim Alexander if you would like to be notified of any future educational courses run by MIP


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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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