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CPPAA Clinical Training Program for Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Training in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy comprises these three components undertaken concurrently:

Clinical Training





Personal Psychoanalytic


The Clinical Training Programme is a 3.5 year minimum course conducted by the Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australia (CPPAA). It has substantial concurrency with theoretical studies in child, adolescent and parent psychoanalytic psychotherapy provided in the Child Psychotherapy specialisation of the Master of Mental Health Science (MMHSc) at Monash University, and personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

CPPAA Clinical Training


Applicants are required to have the following pre-requisites:

  1. Hold an undergraduate degree and a professional qualification

    eg: Psychology, Pediatrics, General Medical Practice, Psychiatry, Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology or other qualification deemed appropriate

  2. Have at least 2 years' work experience in their chosen profession with children or adolescents

  3. Be currently working in the field with access to child/adolescent psychotherapy cases

  4. Be undertaking post graduate studies in MMHSc (or equivalent)

  • Twelve month Infant Observation Seminar - Candidates will record and report on these observations at a weekly group supervision seminar. 

  • Clinical Supervision of training cases with eligible members of CPPAA. Minimum total of 300 hrs supervision

    • 1:1 Supervision for Child and Adolescent cases

    • Parent/guardian psychotherapy in group supervision. 

  • Concurrent Personal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 2x weekly with a CPPAA approved psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst

  • Clinical Seminars

  • Candidate Presentation evenings

  • Attendance at CPPAA/and other Psychoanalytic Association Professional Development Meetings

  • This training is offered within a training group cohort context and is undertaken with the support of the CPPAA Training Committee


For further information please contact the Chairperson of the CPPAA Training Committee, Ros Webb, on regarding details of the training, fees and the application process for the next intake. The CPPAA Clinical Training program has had intakes in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021

The CPPAA Clinical Training Program is planning a new intake for 2023. If you are interested and wish further information or to obtain an application form, please contact the Chairperson of the CPPAA Training Committee, Ros Webb

Applications and enquiries are welcome year-round.

This course is offered by the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.  The Clinical components of the training run alongside the Master of Mental Health Science (MMHSc), Child Psychotherapy Studies Stream.

The MMHSc is taught by CPPAA members and it provides the theoretical component of the Child Psychoanalytic Clinical Training.

The child psychotherapy specialisation gives you a deep understanding of psychoanalytic and developmental theory and how it can help children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems. Completing all units in this pathway fulfils part of the criteria for professionals to be eligible for membership of the Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australia (CPPAA).


Go to links below


Entry requirements mental-health-science-m6022


For more information about the Master of Mental Health Science, please contact Dr Jennifer Re on phone: 0407 687 281 or email:


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