Office Address

PO Box 4087

Tel: (02) 8004 9873 if calling from Australia
Tel: (04)   887 0300 if calling from New Zealand

Fax: (02) 9012 0546


Office Address

PO Box 4087

Tel: (02) 8004 9873 if calling from Australia
Tel: (04)   887 0300 if calling from New Zealand

Fax: (02) 9012 0546

  • ANZAP Office Address

  • ANZAP Office Address



4 November 2017
9.30 am - 12.30 pm


Responsibility, Blame and Forgiveness in

the Clinical Setting


Dr Hanna Pickard (streaming live from the UK)
Phillip Graham

Sydney University New Law School Annexe 340

Registration to be opened shortly


An Introduction to the Conversational Model of Psychotherapy

Saturday, 21 October

2.30 - 4.30 pm

NSWIPP Premises

123A Mitchell Street (Cnr Derwent St)


Our Introductory workshop will introduce the main elements of the Conversational Model and is highly recommended for anyone who is considering applying to commence training with us.

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"ANZAP Today"

29 September to 1 October 2017

Primus Hotel
339 Pitt Street, Sydney

Keynote Speakers

Professor Russell Meares
Professor Else Guthrie (UK)
Justice Peter McClellan AM
Professor Andrew Samuels (streaming live from the UK)

Register online or contact Anne Malecki at the ANZAP Office for a registration form and flyers

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WORKSHOPS – Friday 29 September at Sydney University

Else Guthrie (30c booking fee applies)
Joan Haliburn (30c booking fee applies)

CONFERERENCE – Saturday 30 September & Sunday 1 October at the Primus Hotel

Book here: (30c booking fee applies)

New Zealand Members and guests receive a generous discount to attend


This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the ANZAP Conference. To celebrate this important occasion, we are planning to make our annual conference an extra special event this year, with the theme of “ANZAP Today”.

Our Conference venue this year is the Primus Hotel, one of Sydney’s finest examples of the art deco style, perfectly positioned in the Heart of Sydney in Pitt Street.  (Venue tba for workshops).

We propose to commence on Friday 29 September with pre-conference workshops followed by the conference itself on 30 September and 1 October and we will feature a selection of internationally renowned psychotherapists.

In acknowledgment of ANZAP’s history, those who were involved in the early days will talk about their role in establishing our organisation, and the development of the Conversational Model, while current practitioners will discuss the application of our therapeutic perspective in the community, referring to case studies when relevant.

We welcome our two international keynote guest speakers in addition to our own international speaker, Professor Russell Meares.  Professor Meares will remind us of the contribution made by Dr Robert Hobson to the Conversational Model.

Also presenting will be Professor Else Guthrie who is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Medical Psychotherapy at University of Manchester and a disciple of Dr Robert Hobson.  Professor Guthrie retains an interest in psychotherapy research, and is currently involved in a research programme investigating the relationship between long term illness, psychological factors and care seeking behaviour.

In addition, we will also be looking at the political, environmental and social challenges faced by therapists today and this theme will be taken up by Jungian analyst and Professor of Jungian Studies at the University of Essex, Andrew Samuels who has written extensively on this subject.

In addition to inviting papers relevant to the title of the conference “ANZAP Today”, the ANZAP Conference Committee invites practitioners who are working with people from marginalised communities to share their experiences and skills, for example, some people from our indigenous society and our refugees.  The conference would like to open a discussion on this group and how the psychotherapy community might address some of their issues. We particularly encourage newer graduates trained in the CM model to share their experiences.

There are of course many methods of helping people with complex presentations and it is helpful to be informed of other approaches being offered in the community so please consider presenting.

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Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy

ANZAP was formed in 1987 to improve opportunities for the exchange of ideas, to establish a regular training program in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and from time to time a supervisor training program for those who have received training.

ANZAP arose out of the psychotherapy program developed and run since 1983 by the Psychotherapy Unit, University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital, where the ideas of Russell Meares and the late Robert Hobson which began to develop in 1965 in the United Kingdom, linked here in Sydney with those of Kohut’s Self Psychology, the humanistic tones of which resonated with their ideas. Based on their many years of combined clinical experience, and the clinical experience developed within this unit, it took a new direction and came to be known as the Conversational Model.

The Conversational Model
Self is conceived as a particular form of mental activity, or process, the dynamic and moving form of which is manifest in the stream of consciousness (William James) and in certain kinds of conversation. The theoretical framework of the Conversational Model depends mainly on the development of self in relationship, and the integration of unconscious traumatic memory. It has integrated psychoanalytic understanding with research in the fields of trauma and developmental theory, linguistics, memory and neurophysiology, in a way that is applicable in day-to-day psychotherapeutic practice, and can be taught through the supervision of audio-taped sessions with patients and clients, complemented with didactic seminars and reading material. It has been and continues to be scientifically tested and has been recognized internationally as a significant development in the treatment of those with severe emotional disorders. It continues to evolve while maintaining its core features.

Seminars & Publications
ANZAP publishes a Bulletin three times a year and presents a bi-monthly seminar on contemporary issues in psychotherapy with a mix of clinical and theoretical content. It has published 7 editions of The Self in Conversation, a yearly journal of articles related to the Conversational Model. Although this is no longer being published it is possible to purchase past editions (see below).

The Annual Conference
With invited and submitted papers, interesting key-note speakers and workshops is the highlight of the year and attracts quite considerable interest in the psychotherapy community.

Several Training programs have been successfully conducted over the years in Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville, Canberra, Newcastle, Brisbane and Hobart.

ANZAP will commence another Distance Training Course in the Conversational Model in March 2016