Seminar Series & Mentorship Program

The MAPP Seminar Series and Mentorship Program is an 18 month course comprising theoretical and clinical seminars, infant observation and a mentorship program. The seminars run for 2.5 hours on a weekly basis and involve a theoretical session for 60 mins followed by a clinical session for 75 minutes with a 15 minute break in between.

Through the MAPP course participants will acquire a psychodynamic approach to their clinical practice – applicable to any branch of psychiatry. However, the course also provides a basis for those wanting to do further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy

The next Melbourne Association for Psychodynamic Psychiatry course is scheduled for Oct 2019/Feb 2020. Expressions of interest for this course are now open.

Course Overview

What you will learn

Seminar series  

The theoretical seminar program draws upon a broad range of classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory and also relevant research in attachment theory and neuroscience. We engage the trainees to deepen their understanding of the reading material, as well as to critically evaluate it. The clinical seminar program is lead by the theoretical seminar leader and involves trainees presenting their work for discussion in a collegial and supportive atmosphere.

The seminar program is divided into three modules:

  • Module 1: Psychodynamic Process and Technique in the Therapeutic Encounter
  • Module 2: Developmental Approach
  • Module 3: Clinical Application

See full list of seminars.

Infant observation seminar

The infant observation seminar runs for nine months simultaneously with the second half of the Theoretical and Clinical Program.

It involves a fortnightly one hour observation of an infant on an individual basis. These observations are then discussed in the seminar which is held on a fortnightly basis. There is the option of continuing this seminar as a private agreement at the end of the nine months.

All trainees will be required to have a Working With Children certificate to undertake this seminar.

Mentorship program

As part of this course, trainees can receive mentorship from MAPP members. Through individual sessions, mentors will support trainees in establishing their psychotherapy practice and provide individual input in matters related to the course. Time, frequency and place of those session will be subject to agreement between trainees and their mentor.


It is strongly recommended that the trainee be in supervision with a suitable supervisor and undertake their own therapy.

See list of potential supervisors here.


This course has been accredited by the RANZCP Committee for Advanced Training in the Psychotherapies for the seminar and infant observation components of the Individual Dynamic Psychotherapy program. The specific requirements of the Certificate of Advanced Training in the Psychotherapies are listed on the RANZCP website.


The fees for 2019/2020 are $3,700 per semester for Fellows and $3,200 per semester for Registrars. This covers the seminars and the infant observation group supervision, and mentorship sessions.

Register your interest

Please contact the course director Dr Fariba Ahmadi on 0418 609 044 or

Seminar list

Please note: this is a provisional list and some minor changes may occur.

1. Introduction committee/trainees Fariba Ahmadi
Module 1. Psychodynamic Process and Techniques in Therapeutic Encounter 
1. Setting up a psychodynamically Informed Practice 1 Jenny Randles
2. Setting up a Psychodynamically Informed Practice 2 Jenny Randles
3. Psychodynamic assessment and formulation Sue Oliver
4. The art of listening/ psychodynamic perspective Fariba Ahmadi
5. Therapeutic relationship Daina Rumbergs
6. The Unconscious 1 Paul Foulkes
7. The Unconscious 2 Paul Foulkes
8. Object Relations 1 Penny Golding
9. Object Relations 2 Penny Golding
10. Transference focused psychotherapy Paul Cammell
11. Transference/ Countertransference Alison Clayton
12. Projective Identification Alison Clayton
13. Intersubjectivity in self psychology Enzo Tieppo
15. Psychoanalytic diagnosis and assessment for suitability Denis O’Loughlin
16. The goal and aims of psychoanalysis Denis O’Loughlin
17. Dreams Melinda Hill
18. Framework and enactment Melinda Hill
19. Difficulties arising in the work/ boundary issues Peter Smith
20. Issues around termination Peter Smith
21. Caring for ourselves Charles Le Feuvre
Module 2. Developmental Approach
1. Mother and baby 1 Campbell Paul
2. Mother and baby 2 Campbell Paul
3. Psychoanalysis and infant development 1 Matthew McArdle
4. Psychoanalysis and infant development 2 Matthew McArdle
5. Sunday’s child Jacqui Adler
6. Felix Follow up Jacqui Adler
7. Attachment Jo Beatson
8. Mentalisation and affect regulation Jo Beatson
9. Attachment, psychoanalytic theory and neuroscience Fariba Ahmadi
10. Development of psychoanalytic thinking Manuela Hrasky
Module 3. Clinical Application
1. Personality structure Manuela Hrasky
2. Narcissism 1 Manuela Hrasky
3. Narcissism 2 Manuela Hrasky
4. Borderline personality disorder 1 Jo Beatson
5. Borderline personality disorder 2 Jo Beatson
6. Loss and grief Charles Le Feuvre
7. Depression Charles Le Feuvre
8. Despair and suicide Charles Le Feuvre
9. Mind and body Paul Foulkes
10. Eating disorders Paul Foulkes
11. Working with the couple Sue Oliver
12. Sexuality 1 Tim Alexander
13. Sexuality 2 Tim Alexander
14. Anxiety 1 Jenny Randles
15. Anxiety 2 Jenny Randles
16. Trauma Informed Psychotherapy and Complex PTSD 1 George Halasz
17. Trauma Informed Psychotherapy and Complex PTSD2 George Halasz
18. Intergenerational and Relational Trauma 3 George Halasz
19. Psychoanalytic perspective on guilt Denis O’Loughlin
20. Substance abuse and perversion Tim Alexander
21. Psychosis 1 Ed Harari
22. Psychosis 2 Ed Harari
23. Aging, Dementia and cognitive disorders Peter McArdle
24. Medication, psychodynamic perspective Fariba Ahmadi
25. Critical time around birth, psychodynamic approach Fariba Ahmadi