Inner Work 2

Inner Work 2

Unit Description

The development of the person of the psychotherapist is central to holistic psychotherapy education.

The Inner Work 2 unit develops greater self-awareness and understanding of students’ own interpersonal relationship styles and how their personal experiences have influenced their values, ethics and ways of being. Building on the content of Inner Work 1, students will deepen their awareness and access deeper levels of consciousness.

Students will attend five sessions of personal psychotherapy with an independent PACFA- registered psychotherapist. Assessment tasks in this unit encourage reflection on the learning about psychotherapeutic processes, self and interactions with others developing out of their psychotherapy.

Unit Code


Unit Type

Core Unit

Credit Points


Consultation Times

30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during the semester

Topics Covered

  • Psychotherapy from the clients’ perspective
  • The formation of the self of the psychotherapist
  • Reflective journaling on psychotherapy and professional identity
  • Psychotherapeutic processes and levels of consciousness

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically reflect on the experience of personal psychotherapy and develop awareness of their interpersonal relationship style and impact on others
  2. Critically evaluate their development as psychotherapists
  3. Articulate and reflect on links between their personal experience and their development of values, ethics and ways of being
  4. Develop access to deeper levels of consciousness and articulate their insights and learning about psychotherapeutic processes
  5. Demonstrate critical awareness of their strengths and limitations as psychotherapists, thereby knowing when to appropriately refer clients and seek their own therapy

Assessment Overview

Reflective Journal

Reflective Journal demonstrating capacity for critical self-reflection on personal psychotherapy and self-awareness of life phases, interpersonal relationships and interactions with others.

Reflective Essay

Professional Identity as a Psychotherapist

Drawing on their reflective journal, students will write a reflective essay analysing their professional development and identity as a psychotherapist and the strengths and limitations inherent in their development.

Unit Resources

Prescribed reading

Mindell, A. (2014a). Working on yourself alone: Inner dreambody work (2nd ed.). Portland, OR: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Delivery Mode

Workshop intensives on-campus

Workshop Intensive 1:

9:00 am to 5:30 pm
3.25 hours of teaching and learning

Workshop Intensive 3:

9:00 am to 5:30 pm
3.25 hours of teaching and learning

Online delivery
1.5 hour Zoom discussion mid-semester

Written by: Samuel Minton • Created: 21 Jul 2020, 10:08 a.m.