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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

This course is designed for registrars preparing for their long-term RANZCP Psychodynamic Psychotherapy case or those in the early stages of their psychotherapy training. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a core skill for all psychiatrists and, when approached with the right mindset, can greatly enhance your patient assessment skills across a range of presentations.

The course is led by A/Prof Neil Jeyasingam, an Area Clinical Director in public service, a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Sydney University, and a Foundation Member of the Faculty of Psychotherapy. He also serves as a college case examiner and offers psychodynamic psychotherapy case supervision and review.

Multiple plans with flexible options

Quick Prep


Accessible for

1 Month


  • 1 month of complete access
  • 2 hours + of guided presentations
  • 2 hours + of audio



Accessible for

3 Months


  • 3 months of complete access
  • 2 hours + of guided presentations
  • 2 hours + of audio



Accessible for

6 Months


  • 6 months of complete access
  • 2 hours + of guided presentations
  • 2 hours + of audio

Course Structure

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

8:32 mins – Before providing the therapy, one must know how to describe it. This describes basic concepts and how to frame the process to the patient who may benefit from it.

Assessing Suitability for Therapy

12:10 mins – A common mistake of registrars is to try to dive straight into therapy without appropriate decision-making regarding patient selection. This will help you avoid those pitfalls.

Attachment and Mentalisation

6:50 mins – There are over 150 models of psychotherapy, but all of them are centred around two entities. This lecture will describe them, and explain how they underpin the other elements of therapy.

Techniques 1: The Frame and Boundaries

10:56 mins – Everything that can go wrong in therapy will usually be traced back to these two issues. This lecture describes how to set up your therapy and understand why boundaries should sometimes be crossed.

Techniques 2: The Point of Maximum Pain

8:09 mins – Conceptualising an entire human experience can be daunting for the new clinician. This lecture provides an intuitive approach to patient assessment.

Techniques 3: Transference and Countertransference

10:44 mins – Once therapy has been proceeding for at least a few sessions, emotion management can be daunting for the new therapist. This provides an overview of the relevant processes and highlights the role of supervision.

Techniques 4: Resistance

7:08 mins – Once eschewed as a mere complication, we now recognize resistance as the “bread and butter” of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Basic concepts are outlined.

Techniques 5: Interpretation and the Third Observer

8:27 mins – Many do not understand the role for psychodynamic psychotherapy for psychiatric practice as a whole. The development of the third observer – and how to cultivate it – addresses this query.

Techniques 6: Defense Mechanisms

16:36 mins – Defense mechanisms are one of the few model-independent concepts in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This provides an outline and discusses fundamentals.

Techniques 7: Reformulation

10:21 mins – The most critical elements of the psychotherapy case are the hardest to conceptualise. This lecture discusses an approach to formulation and explains critical mechanisms

Formulation 1: Six Problems

12:23 mins – This lecture discusses a popular technique for thinking about psychodynamic formulation, one that utilizes multiple models in an intelligent and accessible manner.

Formulation 2: Personality Disorders

16:28 mins – A mainstay of psychotherapy, this lecture provides an approach for planning therapy and understanding indications for psychotherapeutic delivery, as well as providing guidance for the assessment of patients.

Models 1: Ego, Object Relations, Self, Attachment

12:01 mins – Understanding the vast bulk of literature regarding the different models of therapy can be daunting. This lecture provides a simple overview, from a historical lens to help understand how and why they were developed.

Models 2: Conversational and all the others

9:03 mins – Continuing the discussion of models of therapy, this discusses further models. All of psychotherapy is about attachment and mentalisation – in simple terms, about connecting with your patient and improved mutual understanding – of pathology as well as humanity.