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

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

Available in Courses

This unit is available in the following courses:

Specialist Training in Holistic Counselling & Psychotherapy OLD_STP

Created: June 28, 2021, 5:14 p.m. • Updated: June 2, 2022, 2:25 p.m.