Post Graduate Courses

How to Apply

Applications will be available soon.

Contact Information

Course Coordinator

Dr Catharine McNab

Course Administration

Carys Lewis

Mindful – Centre for Training and
Research in Developmental Health

Building C, 50 Flemington St,
Travancore  Vic 3031

Course Coordinator
03 9371 0220
Email: [email protected]

Developmental Psychiatry Course (DPC)

The Developmental Psychiatry Course is a one year part-time course for professionals who aim to develop their knowledge and skills in assessing children, adolescents and families presenting with a variety of social, emotional, behavioural, and developmental difficulties. The course builds a foundational knowledge in normal and abnormal development across the developmental stages, and builds competency in assessment, diagnosis, formulation, and treatment planning. Conducted for approximately 30 years and now emulated in New South Wales and Western Australia, the course is accepted as the benchmark for vocational training in fundamental skills for the child and adolescent mental health field.


 An information brochure for 2018 is available for download here.

Assessment & Accreditation

Clinical Component

  • Undertake a Case Assessment and complete a Case Report
  • Complete formulations of all assessments viewed
  • Attend at least 80% of sessions

Seminar Component

  • Complete six Developmental Observation Reports
  • Attend at least 80% of sessions

A certificate of successful completion is awarded to participants who have completed all of the above.

Graduates are often eligible to pursue studies in the Mindful Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapies.

Aims of the Course/Objectives

On completion of this course participants will have:

  • Established a knowledge of the theory and practice of developmental psychiatry;
  • Established an understanding of the developmental phases of early human psychological development;
  • Established an understanding of the different manifestations of normal and abnormal psychological development;
  • Developed effective and efficient skills in the observation and recording of significant aspects of human development;
  • Developed skills in the areas of assessment, formulation, and diagnosis of children and adolescents who present for treatment.

Course Structure

The Developmental Psychiatry Course comprises a clinical component, with placements at Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, and a seminar component, held at Mindful.

The course is held on Wednesdays according to the Victorian school term timetable.

Clinical Component

Small groups of trainees are placed at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. A Consultant gives an initial demonstration of the assessment process, and trainees observe through a one-way screen. In turn, each trainee undertakes a new case assessment supervised by a Consultant and conferenced with other members of the group. For each session, the Consultant discusses the content, technique and process with the group. By the end of the year each participant will have conducted at least one assessment and observed seven further assessments. When participants conduct assessments, they are required to fulfil liaison, record keeping, and other relevant tasks concerned with the appropriate professional management of the case.

Seminar Component

The seminar presentations focus on normal development through the life cycle, systematically focusing on infancy, the toddler, the pre-school child, the school-age child, adolescence, and parenting. The series of presentations includes attention to disturbances of development and clinical problems relevant to each phase being studied.

Prerequisites & Selection Criteria


Satisfactory completion of “Child & Youth Mental Health - Introduction to Assessment Short Course”, conducted by Mindful - Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health. The CYMH Intro short course fee for 2018 for Developmental Psychiatry Course (DPC) applicants is $370, and the course must be undertaken prior to commencement of the DPC.  For short course only i.e. not attending the DPC the fee will be $470.  Dates for this course in 2018 are Wednesday 7th February to Friday 9th February.  For further information on the prerequisite course, please contact the Course Administrator on 9371 0220.

Selection Criteria

A relevant undergraduate qualification and employment within a service that provides the applicant with access to infants and/or children and/or adolescents and/or families.  Consideration will be given to applicants who do not meet these criteria.


The cost of the DPC in 2018 is $2,050 (plus the cost of the prerequisite course if required - see above).

Teaching Faculty

The clinical component of the course is run by experienced clinical consultants.

The seminar component comprises 38 topics delivered by experts in their respective fields.

Please Click Here to download the 2015 timetable.