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Structure of the Training Course


The Certificate Course (Level 1) is a Foundational level of learning in which the practice of observing infantile states of mind and reading about psychoanalytic principles are introduced. The skills and knowledge developed at this level are considered to be the basis of all future psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Units 1 to 4 must be successfully completed


The Course in child and adolescent psychotherapy (Level 2) introduces the student to the practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy. As well as reading classic papers concerning the theory and practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy, issues concerning techniques in the assessment and therapy of children and adolescents and working with parents will be presented.

Units 5 to 8 must be successfully completed


Clinical Training in child and adolescent psychotherapy (Level 3) builds upon the level 2 course and begins the formal training in child and adolescent therapy. All units will have a clinical emphasis. Readings in contemporary literature on child and adolescent therapy will be examined, incorporating the different schools of analytic thinking in this area. Clinical supervision and discussion both individually and in small groups will begin. Students will be required to be undertaking clinical work with children and/or adolescents. Students in level 1 and 2 are expected to be undertaking their own personal therapy

Units 9 to 12 must be successfully completed to advance to the final year of training 


Clinical Training – 2 (Level 4) is a consolidation and elaboration of level 3. Clinical supervision continues with the expectation of a greater level of sophistication in understanding and sensitivity in technique. Clinical reading will focus of particular areas of interest (e.g. autism, neuroscience).

Units 13 to 16 must be successfully completed, along with qualifying papers, for the completion of the training. Applications for membership of ICAPP can then be undertaken.  

Individual Training Course Details

Units 1 & 2  Infant Observation 

This seminar can be taken as a stand-alone experience. It is a 1-year course designed to help anyone working in any capacity with children, adolescents and their families. It is also the core course for those who are interested in becoming psychotherapists.
Infant Observation is an intense experience in which the student learns directly about very young states of mind. Students are required to present detailed written descriptions of weekly observations of an infant at home interacting with their caretaker. These observations are then discussed in a small group with an experienced seminar leader. The aim is to develop skills in detailed observation, disciplined describing, learning how to establish observer boundaries, exploring the conscious and unconscious meanings of behaviour, and thinking about the growth of the mind and personality. To integrate and complete the course, students submit a 5000 word paper at the completion of the observation. This is required if the student wishes these units to be credited towards the Certificate Course.

Unit 3  Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories

This is a 6 months (15 weeks) reading seminar over the first two terms. It can be taken as a stand alone course or as part of the Certificate course. The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to key concepts in Psychoanalytic theory. It will mainly follow an object relations approach and cover such theorists as Freud, Klein, Sullivan, Fairbairn, Winnicott, Bion, Ogden, Schore, Alvarez and Ferro. There will be selected reading and discussion of major papers. While this will give students a history of concepts, but the focus will mainly be on current theoretical positions. 

A 1500 word essay is required for this unit for it to be accredited towards the ICAPP Training.

 Unit 4  Introduction to Practice of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

This is a six moths ( 15 weeks) reading seminar over the first two terms. It can be taken as a stand alone course or as part of the Certificate course. The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to the practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy. The seminar will follow Peter Blake’s text book, “Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy”.  It will include topics such as taking a referral, assessment, working with parents, the setting, play, therapy and endings. 

Unit 5  Working with Families   

This is a programme of readings and discussion of clinical material that focuses on working with families from a psychodynamic perspective. 

This unit will be helpful for mental health professionals working with families, as well as for clinicians who work individually with children and adolescent. 

Clearly a child or adolescent cannot be thought about outside the context of their family. This tension of working with the individual and/or the family or parents is a constant issue is child and adolescent work. These tensions will be explored in these seminars with theoretical and practical issues being discussed from a psychoanalytic perspective. 

Unit 6  Assessment  

This is a programme of readings and clinical discussions of presented material that focuses on the psychodynamic assessment of children and adolescents. This is assessment for a general understanding of the child or adolescent’s inner world, as well as assessment for the suitability of offering some therapeutic intervention. It will also involve the important task of conveying this understanding to parents or carers or other professionals

Unit 7   Small Group Clinical Seminar  

This is a small group clinical seminar in which professionals working with children and/or adolescents will present their work for group discussion.  The discussion will concentrate on theoretical and technical issues in working with these age groups.

Unit 8  Klein/Bion  

This is a reading seminar focusing on Klein’s key papers. This will be the basis for then reading Bion and examining how he developed Klein’s theory. This seminar is viewed as a prerequisite for later reading of contemporary theorist such as Ogden, Ferro and Shore.

A 1500 word essay is required for this unit to be accredited towards the ICAPP Training.



Cost for seminars - $65 per seminar except for infant observation which is $75 per seminar.

Fees are to be direct deposited into ICAPP’s account
Name of account: ICAPP
BSB: 062104
Account: 10124781
SWIFT CODE:  CTBAAU2S (for International Enrolments)

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Receipts will then be issued

Please download the application below


 Application Form 2019-20

and send it togther with relevant documentation to:
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (ICAPP)
41 Muttama Road
Artarmon NSW 2064