The Faculty of Psychotherapy (FPSY) promotes the highest standards in academic and clinical aspects of psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy is a therapeutic interaction between the practitioner and consumer, which is embedded in psychiatric practice.


The Faculty aims to:

  • promote the objectives of the College relating to the psychotherapies
  • advise on training in the psychotherapies through the subcommittee of advanced training
  • advance and disseminate research in the psychotherapies
  • contribute to and promote the highest standards of clinical practice.

Committee members

The chair of the FPSY bi-national committee is Dr John Robertson.

The current committee can be contacted through

The Bi-national Faculty Committee's Regulations outline the purpose and responsibilities of the FPSY Committee.


All members of the College (including trainees and Affiliates) are eligible to join the Faculty.

Join the Faculty via My RANZCP [Member login required]

Accredited membership is available for members of the College who have completed the relevant Certificate of Advanced Training, or have equivalent experience in the field. 

The accredited membership criteria policy [PDF; 38 KB] outlines the pathways to receiving accredited membership. 

For further information or to apply for accredited membership of the Faculty, please email


In order to further the advancement of the psychotherapies, the Faculty supports the following awards:

Applications are open 1 September–31 October each year.


The Certificate of Advanced Training in the Psychotherapies is the premier training program in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in psychotherapy practiced by psychiatrists.


The Faculty of Psychotherapy have produced an educational tool for members to help them address the Practice Development, Quality Improvement and Review requirements of the RANZCP CPD program. The Faculty is taking the initiative in promoting awareness of quality improvement concepts and stimulating interest in innovative approaches to practice review in psychotherapy.

Quality Improvement Audit Project [PDF; 25 KB]


The Faculty contributes to RANZCP position statements, and is involved in consultations on behalf of the College.