Faculty of Psychotherapy Newsletter January 2016


Faculty of Psychotherapy Newsletter – January 2016

In this issue:

Chair's report
From the Editor
Chair’s Report (SATPSY) 
Meetings and Events

Chair's report

Dear Colleagues,

When I am writing this is still close enough to the new year to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Having just returned from a break this report will be brief. Thanks to the support of many people, the Federal Government did not introduce any changes to the Medicare Safety Net. Whilst this issue took up time for the binational Committee last year, there were a number of other important issues and events last year which the Committee has been busy working on including:

  • Achievement of Faculty status; A very important issue that the Committee are meeting in early February about is the process for foundation Accredited membership. We appreciate that this is a very important issue for members.

  • Thanks again to the Victorian Branch of the Faculty of Psychotherapy and Melbourne Association for Psychodynamic Psychiatry for inviting and hosting me to an evening in Melbourne in October. A key message for me to impart is that we are the Faculty and thanks to colleagues who are taking an active role in Faculty affairs. 

  • This week, on behalf of the Committee, I have sent invitations to Chairs of the Trainee Representative Committee, the Community Collaboration Committee and the New Zealand National Committee to nominate a representative to the binational Committee.

  • The annual Psychotherapy Conference; A very big thank you to Ilana Nayman, Jenny Randles and Paul Foulkes for organising a very successful Conference this year and thanks to the large number of members who came to Coolum for an excellent Conference. Planning has already started for this year.

In closing, a reminder that at the College Congress in Hong Kong (May 8-12) there will be significant psychotherapy content including a pre-Congress workshop by Dr Frank Yeomans on Transference Focussed Psychotherapy. We are also hopeful of having a joint social function with the local Hong Kong colleagues with an interest in psychotherapy. 

Best wishes

Michael Daubney
Chair, Bi-national Committee, Faculty of Psychotherapy

From the Editor


Dear colleagues,
Happy New Year to everyone. My best wishes for the coming year.
This newsletter is coming out in January instead of December because of other concerns and commitments in December. As it turned out I have received a few interesting flyers in the last couple of weeks and have included them here in this newsletter. Perhaps January would be a better time for the newsletter to go out in future. I will consider this.
I recently received an email from the international representative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy. This reminds me to let you know that Member Services keeps a list of subscribers to their newsletter. If you would like to receive the newsletter, the person to contact is jessica.stephens@ranzcp.org.
The last few months have been extremely hectic due to the MBS Review and concerns about the new Medicare Safety Net. Thanks to Michael Daubney for representing the Section and the College on our behalf at the Senate inquiry. Thanks also to Shirley Prager and Gil Anaf who represented Psychiatry through the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP). The Hansard Transcript makes interesting reading. As you would be aware the Government has deferred consideration of the Safety Net; this will now be considered as part of the MBS Review. A meeting to update and provide information on what changes are proposed to the MBS has been planned for Feb 11 in Canberra at AMA House.  
Information about this year’s Faculty conference has been included below; the Conference Committee has decided to depart from the usual focus on the individual to explore the psychological processes that work in groups and organizations. We are excited to announce the conference will be run in collaboration with the College's Section of Leadership and Management whose Committee Chair, Dr Nick O’Connor will be involved in planning details. Details will be forwarded once these have been worked out.

Technology now presents us with some amazing opportunities, doesn't it? I have included some details about an upcoming webinar from the International Asociation for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) on Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. The IARPP offers Webinars which are both interesting and informative. A paper is circulated and then discussed online. If you would like to take part you will need to become an IARPP member (but the subscription isn't expensive). There are also some links to podcasts - I recommend the very interesting interview with Adam Phillips. Enjoy!

If you come across any podcasts or film clips that you think others will find interesting please consider sending them in for inclusion in the Newsletter.

With best wishes

Jenny Randles

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Chair’s Report, Sub-committee for advanced training in Psychotherapies Psychiatry (SATPSY)

The Advanced Training Certificate in Psychotherapies continues to be popular amongst registrars and Fellows across many regions in Australia and New Zealand. Many regions are successfully incorporating training and supervision components from other national and international centres of excellence in psychotherapy. Most aspects of the Certificate have been adapted to the new 2012 training regulations.
As such, there will be a process of transition from the 2003 to 2012 regulations, and the transition matrix for this has been released on the college website. All features of the 2012 regulations have also been released. For the Advanced Training Certificate, this includes the new EPAs for psychotherapy, as well as a new case based discussion process and logbook of prescribed cases. Some of these EPAs will also be available for generalist stage 3 trainees to undertake, along with 3 mandated short term psychotherapy cases. All of this is described on the College website.
Our committee is currently developing a Guidebook to assist with all of these changes, and the hope is that this Guidebook will also to make the approach to psychotherapy in College training intelligible and appealing. The Advanced Training Certificate and all the psychotherapy components included in stage 1,2 and 3 training of the new 2012 program, will be described in this Psychotherapy Guidebook. This guidebook, along with regional education sessions, will assist supervisors and trainees to adapt to the new regulations. It will also give practical tips around advancing psychotherapy skills, understanding and experiences throughout college training, including how to approach supervision and get the most out of the various training cases undertaken, especially the Psychological Methods Written Case (ie the 40 session 'Long Case'). It is anticipated that the Guidebook will be available some time in the next few months.

Dr Paul Cammell

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Meetings and Events


2016 FOP Conference

This is a preliminary notice to inform interested parties that the 2016 Faculty of Psychotherapy conference will take place in Sydney in early September. The date has not yet been fixed but in all likelihood will take place on the first or second weekend of September.

We have secured organisational psychoanalyst Dr. Anton Obholzer to be our keynote speaker as we are developing a theme concerned with the health of our psychiatric service organisations, and the well-being of those who work in them.

Dr Ilana Nayman
Chair, FOP Conference Committee



IARPP Australia Seminar Series 2016
27 February 2016 
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Surry Hills, NSW 
More information

Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Buddhism and Psychotherapy – Professional Training Course
August 2016 - July 2018
Sydney, NSW 
More information

Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference 2016
September 2016 
Sydney, NSW


Animal Assisted Play Therapy training
Theory, Research, & Practice
14 - 17 April 2016 
Ipswich, QLD
More information


Spectrum Professional Development Calendar 2016
During 2016
Melbourne, VIC
More information

Melbourne Association for Psychodynamic Psychiatry
Call for expressions of interest in the 2016/2017 course
Mid 2016
Melbourne, VIC
More information

EAPSP Pre Conference Courses 2016
3 March 2016
Aikenhead Wing, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
More information

'Comprehensive’ DBT Training, Professor Alan Fruzzetti
19 June -19 July 2016
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
27 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy 3064
More information


New Zealand

The New Zealand Chapter of IARRP with Auckland University of Technology weekend with international psychoanalysts Joyce Slochower and Donna Bassin
13-14 February 2016
AUT, Akoranga Campus, Auckland
More information

Balint Group Work weekend
9 April-10 April 2016
Dunedin, NZ
More information

Balint Annual Residential Workshop
27-30 October 2016
Hanmer Springs, NZ
More information


Overseas events

Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2016
17-20 March 2016
Washington DC, USA
More information

IARPP Relational Trauma: Psychobiological Consequences and Clinical Implications
15-16 April 2016 
CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA
More information

4th International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder and Allied Disorders
8-10 September 2016
University of Vienna, Vienna Austria
More information

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NAPP Media Release

More information

IARPP web seminar

Registration is open for the next IARPP web seminar entitled 'Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy'. Your IARPP membership must be renewed for 2016 to participate in this webinar.
The seminar will run from February 1-14, 2016 and will be conducted via email.

Interesting Podcasts

An interview (17 mins) with British Psychoanalyst Adam Philips 
A Freud Museum podcast with Philip Adams
A podcast which speaks about new books in psychoanalysis

Mastering the Clinical Conversation: Language as Intervention

This book provides psychotherapists with evidence-based strategies for harnessing the power of language to free clients from life-constricting patterns and promote psychological flourishing. Techniques are demonstrated for activating and shaping behavior change, building a flexible sense of self, fostering meaning and motivation, creating powerful experiential metaphors, and strengthening the therapeutic relationship.
More information

Calls for expressions of interest

If anyone is interested in:

  • becoming a member of the Faculty's Academic Reference Group, and or
  • moderating an RANZCP Psychotherapy Online Discussion Forum

Please let membership services know by contacting Jessica.Stephens@ranzcp.org 

Service directory

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute's free service directory is a popular tool which is used by many to find personality disorder specific programs and clinicians. If you would like your service to be included or details updated please contact us: info- projectair@uow.edu.au.

Service directory

Notice to Contributors

All advertisements, flyers, articles and letters should be submitted by email or as email attachments to the following address: psychotherapysectionnewsletter@ranzcp.org

The Newsletter is basically a bulletin board where the intention is to inform psychotherapists about educational activities and events. The Editor welcomes items of news and information which would be of interest to psychotherapists, however articles (including photographs) and letters are also welcome. Letters should be no longer than 250 words. The views expressed in articles published in this newsletter are those of the author and, except for official College material do not necessarily reflect the views of the College. The Editor reserves the right to accept or reject any contribution and to make editorial changes.

The newsletter will be coming out each quarter. Reminders will be sent out to regular contributors before each newsletter goes out. If you would like to receive a reminder message, send an email to the editor atpsychotherapysectionnewsletter@ranzcp.org and your name will be added to the list.

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