COUN6371 Advanced Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Masters Course Unit

Duration: One trimester

Level: 3rd year

Credit points: 6 (out of a total of 96 points)

Pre-requisites: COUN6261 Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Mode(s) of delivery: Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Elective

Unit description

Building on COUN6261, ‘Advanced Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy’ provides an advanced training in therapeutic practice, focused on developing intentional use of interpretation, case conceptualisation and critical reflection on process. Students will develop a higher order competency in core elements of psychotherapeutic practice, which include recognising, and responding to what is alive in the moment and process of therapy, developing therapeutic alliance, identifying patterns of response and formations of the unconscious, tracking affect, transference and the therapist’s subjective experience. The on campus workshops will build practice skills and the capacity to conceptualise client presentations from the student’s developing frame of reference.  

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a)   demonstrate competence in therapeutic processes appropriate to a client’s presentation across two sessions;

b)   critically reflect on and evaluate the therapeutic process in and effectiveness of their work with reference to contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy models; and

c)   demonstrate integration of theoretical frameworks in case conceptualisation and in the student’s own developing practice.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Assignment information is available here

Special provisions

Students will attend an on campus workshop of 14 hours in this unit, which will include lectures, discussion of research methods and practice of research skills.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Relevant journals and resources

Knowledge and understanding of these topics will be enhanced by wide reading of international peer-reviewed journal articles from various domains of counselling and psychotherapy, which can be accessed via the ACAP Library’s journal databases.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.