Faculty of Psychotherapy 2021 Virtual Conference

Psychotherapy at the coalface

About the conference

The psychotherapist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann observed, “The patient needs an experience, not an explanation.”

While Fromm-Reichmann practiced a more traditional form of therapy, the techniques necessary to develop these experiences should be used in everyday practice, whether in an intake interview, a medication review, structured therapy or longer-term dynamic therapy. 

The techniques are all part of human relating, and are probably already part of your daily practice, as they constitute core aspects of most therapeutic behaviour - the common factors. These ‘common factors’ are common to all psychotherapies regardless of modality and appear to have considerable effects upon outcome - more so than the specific skills taught in each discipline. 

These skills are important from the beginning of every therapeutic meeting with a patient. Developing an early connection especially an affective connection is necessary both to decrease early drop out and to facilitate change especially early in therapy.

During this interactive conference, we will mainly focus on those skills that can improve the therapeutic bond/alliance between doctor and patient. Through presentations and interactive Q+A, delegates can expect to gain an understanding of Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT). And through the use of breakout rooms, attendees will participate in a skills-building session in small groups, applying the PIT method to a scenario following a script and observing and critiquing the interaction. 

Dr Andrew Christensen, Dr Tanya Devadason and A/Prof Loyola McLean
Conference Co-Convenors

27 November 2021


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RANZCP Fellow / Affiliate $ 175
Non-RANZCP Fellow / psychiatrist and other medical practitioners $ 225
RANZCP Trainee / Retired Fellow / Allied Health $ 125
University student (medicine / psychology) $ 95


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Registration includes:

  • Access to the virtual platform and all pre-recorded material two weeks prior to the conference 
  • Access to the virtual platform and all sessions during the conference 
  • Access to view all presentations and conference content on demand for three months post-conference


Please note that registrations for this conference must be paid for via credit or debit card through our online booking system. Payment via invoice is not available. A receipt will be provided upon completion of your booking.

Cancellation policy

All requests for cancellation or substitution must be made in writing and sent to events@ranzcp.org. Cancellations received before Friday 29 October 2021 will incur a $25 administration fee. No refunds will be issued after this date. Substitute delegates may be accepted. Please email events@ranzcp.org with any enquiries.