Psychotherapy Written Case

This page is for candidates wanting to find out about and prepare to undertake the Psychotherapy Written Case.

For detailed requirements, please refer to Psychotherapy Written Case Policy and Procedure [PDF; 139 KB] under Examinations of the 2012 Fellowship Program regulations, policies and procedures.

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Results, timetables and fee information

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The Psychotherapy Written Case is a summative assessment of the RANZCP Fellowship Program. It should be successfully completed by 60 months FTE training and it is assessed at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

The assessment involves providing psychotherapy under supervision, using therapy informed by psychodynamic principles, for at least 40 sessions. The psychotherapy should last for 6–12 months, with at least one session weekly.

Candidates must then submit an 8000–10,000-word case report detailing their assessment and subsequent psychological management of the person. The case report is the component that is assessed. 


The Psychotherapy Written Case may be submitted on four occasions per year.

Refer to the exam timetable for dates and details. 

All submissions must be made by email to

Formative case discussions

During the therapy process, trainees must participate in three formative psychotherapy case discussions with their psychotherapy supervisor to encourage reflection on treatment progress and to provide opportunities to receive qualitative feedback.

Psychotherapy case discussions should occur during the early, middle and late phases of the psychotherapy and should focus on pivotal points or milestones in the therapy process or on treatment dilemmas and/or emerging issues.

Note: case discussions are in addition to the regular supervision sessions trainees should have with their psychotherapy supervisor.

For each case discussion, the psychotherapy supervisor will complete the Psychotherapy case discussion form with the trainee. Trainees must submit the three completed forms with their written case report.


The following resources may be helpful:

Forms and documents


The process of supervision must begin before therapy actually starts. Psychotherapy supervisors must be involved in considering whether a patient is suitable for (at least) 40 sessions of psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy supervisors are accredited by the Branch Training Committee (BTC). Trainees should contact their BTC or Director of Training for assistance in locating a psychotherapy supervisor in their area.


Results are released on the dates specified in the exam timetable. When released, the results are available from the Results, timetables, fees page.

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