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Medicine (Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy)

36 months
52500 AUD/year
33000 AUD/year
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The Medicine (Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy) program at the University of Sydney aims to train clinicians to use an approach to Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy that is applicable across acute, brief and longer-term treatment. It aims to treat people with psychological disorders where chronic, complex or cumulative trauma plays a contributing role.


The Medicine (Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy) program at the University of Sydney is  a suitable initial form of therapy and also may be used with more complex conditions where there has been an inadequate response to other therapies. This course is suitable for psychiatry registrars, CMOs and psychiatrists, general practitioners or other medical practitioners who wish to develop a career in psychotherapy or as psychotherapists. 

Contemporary psychotherapy teaches techniques that aim to improve mental health and well-being for those with personality disorders, traumatic and dissociative disorders, anxiety disorders, dysthymia, chronic depression, somatisation and conditions in which chronic complex trauma is a contributing factor. It also offers a broad person-centred and trauma-informed approach in many other acute, brief and ongoing conditions and treatment settings where psychological factors are important and a good therapeutic alliance is crucial.The therapeutic approach is based on the Conversational Model which incorporates concepts from other psychodynamic approaches such as self-psychology, intersubjectivity and relational schools as well as integrating research from human development, attachment, trauma theory, neuroscience and linguistics.

Our program has a long history of research and training in the field of personality disorder, chronic complex trauma, trauma-informed care and psychotherapy and the interface with psychophysiology. The program is delivered in close liaison with the Western Sydney Local Health District and practising clinicians to ensure that the skills taught are practical and relevant to real-world psychotherapy practice settings. Clinical content includes short and longer-term interventions and the integration of psychotherapy with other treatment modalities.

Career Pathways

The Master of Medicine (Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy) aims to train clinicians to deal effectively in a Trauma-informed and specific way with people presenting for psychotherapy, including those suffering from psychological disorders not aided by the more traditional psychotherapies. This course is suitable for such as general practitioners, psychiatry registrars, CMOs and psychiatrists or other medical practitioners who wish to develop a career in psychotherapy or as psychotherapists. Our graduates and affiliates have become leaders and Change Champions in this area.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critiquing Contemporary Practice 
  • Growth, Trauma and Adaptation 
  • Interprofessional Open Dialogue 
  • Practising Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 
  • Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy  
  • Psychotherapy Research Methods

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • English language results
  • Academic transcripts
  • a minimum of 12 months’ experience in a clinical area related to mental health
  • current professional indemnity insurance to practise psychotherapy in NSW
  • satisfactory performance at an interview as required.
  • International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.
CRICOS Number: 00026A

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 52500 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    33000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33000 AUD per year during 36 months.


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