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VCPA Clinical Training Program for Child Psychotherapists

2015 Intake


The VCPA Clinical Training Program is a three year program that is undertaken concurrently with theoretical training in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy offered in the Master of Mental Health Science MMHSc course (Child Psychotherapy stream) at Monash University or its equivalent.

Completion of the VCPA Clinical Training Program is a pre-requisite for eligibility for membership of the Victorian Child Psychotherapy Association.

The program offers clinical training in child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy and parent psychotherapy.

Professionals from relevant disciplines have the opportunity to undertake the clinical training.

The Training Program Includes

  • Twelve month Infant Observation Seminar
  • Clinical Supervision for Child, Adolescent and Parent psychotherapy
  • VCPA Professional Development Meetings
  • Access to literature and Mindful Library Membership
  • This training is offered partly within a training group setting and is undertaken with the support of the VCPA Training Committee


For further information and an application form please contact the Chairperson of the VCPA Training Committee Sylvia Azzopardi on


The training associated with the requirements for membership of the VCPA include the Master of Mental Health Science

Master of Mental Health Science -Child Psychotherapy Stream

Structure of the Course Work

Pathway 3:

The child psychotherapy pathway/stream will comprise four core units:

  • CPS5001 Psychoanalytic and developmental theories I
  • CPS5002 Normal developmental observation
  • CPS5003 Psychoanalytic and developmental theories II
  • CPS5004 Psychodynamic assessment of children and adolescents

Elective Units:

  • CPS5005 Principles of child psychotherapy
  • CPS5006 Principles of adolescent psychotherapy
  • CPS5007 Principles of short-term therapy and crisis work
  • CPS5008 Principles of working with parents

Note: students seeking to be considered eligible for professional recognition in Pathway 3 - child psychotherapy (at Graduate Diploma level) need to complete all eight of these units in order (CPS5001-CPS5008).

Completed applications are to be forwarded to the Course Administrator.

Applications close on 21st November 2014.

Further information:

Further information about the MMHS is available from Dr Jennifer Re on Ph: 0407 687 281 or email:

Mindful, Centre for Training & Research in Developmental Health,
Building C, 50 Flemington Road, VIC 3031. Phone: 03 9371 0200.

In addition, clinical training is offered by the VCPA. Further information regarding this training is available by contacting the VCPA via Sylvia Azzopardi email:

Related Training Programs:

Graduate Diploma in Infant Mental Health, University of Melbourne:

Certificate in Child and Adolescent Family Therapies:,-Adolescent---Family-Therapies.aspx

Masters in Infant Mental Health, University of Melbourne:

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