By Marion Kostanski
(Associate Professor, institution ofPsychology, Psychiatry, and mental drugs. Monash University)
(Psychologist and senior VCE psychology instructor. Melbourne)
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While scholarships are very limited, many students receive awards to cover their fees. Availability of PhD places have been severely constrained in the past five years, so the first attempt may not necessarily succeed. Sometimes students need to go out and work on their ideas for a while, developing a stronger sense of their professional orientation. This places them in a much stronger position to engage in and succeed in the task at hand. With the tightening of government legislation surrounding postgraduate education, timelines for completion of a PhD have also been limited.
Subjects will be offered in the 52 Becoming a Psychologist in Australia evening, with the possibility of some Saturday workshops. In Sydney, the course will be offered on 10 monthly intensive weekends at the rooms of the College of Psychiatrists in Rozelle. The course is recognised by the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis as part of the training requirements (theoretical studies) in its program of training in psychoanalysis (personal analysis and clinical supervision are the two other major components of training).
The usual age of people beginning the training is between 30 and 40. The training has as its main elements a personal analysis which begins prior to a candidate starting seminars and continues at least until qualification, a period of Infant Observation, a four-year program of theoretical and clinical seminars, and supervised psychoanalysis of at least two patients. au The Sydney Branch of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society is offering a training course for those interested in qualifying as psychoanalysts.
Becoming a psychologist in Australia by Marion Kostanski
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