The training includes the following areas of study:
These seminars are organised through the Brisbane Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies (BCPS). These seminars are run over at least three years and cover in-depth readings of classic as well as contemporary psychoanalytic theories, including Freud, Object Relations, and so on.
The relationship between theory and clinical thinking will be developed over the course of the training. Prior credit may be given for previous theoretical studies either through the BCPS or its equivalent.
2. Infant Observation Studies.
These involve the weekly observation of an infant from birth focusing on the emotional development of the infant. Process notes of these observations are presented and discussed in a weekly seminar group. These observations are for a minimum of twelve months.
3. Weekly Clinical Seminars.
These seminars are points at which all candidates gather to participate in the presentation and discussion of their clinical work. They also involve exploring some of the foundations of clinical practice such as assessment, the frame, money and payment, and endings to name but a few.
The link between theory and clinical work is explored and developed. This experience also highlights the value of peer supervision over the course of a professional life.
4. Weekly Clinical Supervision.
Candidates are required to take on a minimum of two training cases. They are seen at a minimum frequency of twice weekly for at least 12 months and 24 months respectively. These are to be supervised by two different accredited supervisors of the QPPA on a weekly basis.
In some circumstances, based on the development of the candidate, it may be necessary for a longer period of supervision or a third training case be undertaken. These experiences of supervision provide a foundation for ongoing supervision throughout a clinician’s working life.
5. Personal individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
This forms the foundation of the training. It is the most important component. A candidate is required to enter at least twice weekly individual therapy (ideally prior to applying for training) with an accredited member of the QPPA, or with a therapist who is a member of a Member Organisation of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia PPAA, or of the Australian Psychoanalytic Society APAS.
To accommodate candidates in regional or remote areas, therapy by electronic means is possible but will need further discussion with the Training Sub-Committee. A candidate’s personal therapy should be concurrent with their participation in all other aspects of the training.
6. Attendance at QPPA and PPAA seminars and conferences.
Throughout the year, the QPPA holds events and seminars. Candidates are encouraged to attend. Generally, the registration fee is either reduced or waived for candidates.
In addition, the PPAA holds an annual conference in June of each year in various locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Candidates are encouraged to attend the Trainee component of these annual conferences. A registration fee generally applies. It provides a valuable opportunity to meet candidates from other Member Organisations of the PPAA.