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 three 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, Paediatrics, 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 

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

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

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

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

    • 1:1 for Child and Adolescent cases

    • Parent psychotherapy in group supervision. 

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

  • Clinical Seminars

  • Trainee Presentation evenings

  • Attendance at CPPAA Professional Development Meetings

  • This training is offered within a training group 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 admin@cppaa.org.au 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 and 2017 and 2019.

The CPPAA Clinical Training Program is planning a new intake for 2021. 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 admin@cppaa.org.au

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 Stream.  

The MMHSc is taught by CPPAA members and it (or its equivalent) 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).

  • An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline with at least a credit average (60%) or qualification/ experience or satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent; and,

  • Relevant work experience - a minimum of one year of work experience in a child or adolescent mental health program 


The child psychotherapy specific pathway comprises core units from the specialisation, electives and Research units. The 8 core child psychotherapy units are:

  • CPS5001 Psychoanalytic and developmental theories I

  • CPS5002 Normal developmental observation

  • CPS5003 Psychoanalytic and developmental theories II

  • CPS5004 Psychodynamic assessment of children and adolescents

  • ​CPS5005 Principles of child psychotherapy

  • CPS5006 Principles of adolescent psychotherapy

  • CPS5007 Principles of short-term therapy 

  • CPS5008 Principles of working with parents


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