From small things big things grow…
Professor Emeritus, Dr Francis Macnab founded the Institute in 1961. It is governed by a Council of distinguished and experienced people from the community, and the professions. The Chairman is Mr Rowan Kennedy.
Cairnmillar is an outstanding example of what psychology and psychotherapy can do for people, and for our community. Cairnmillar has established a reputation not only for itself, but for the place of psychology in the helping professions. In addition, its professional and community education programs have been a high priority from the outset. It also has a vigorous training School of Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy.
To deliver innovative high quality, accessible psychological services and professional education.
Cairnmillar contributes to the wellbeing of the community through:
- Preparing competent work-ready psychology graduates through accessible, high quality, professional higher education programs,
- Preparing competent work-ready psychology graduates through accessible, high quality, professional higher education programs,Responding to individual and community needs through provision of targeted
- Responding to individual and community needs through provision of targeted counselling support,Providing community programs that maintain and improve mental health, build resilience and prevent mental illness,
- Providing community programs that maintain and improve mental health, build resilience and prevent mental illness,Initiating and conducting outstanding community education through short courses, and
- Initiating and conducting outstanding community education through short courses, andUndertaking collaborative, meaningful research programs focused on community needs.
- Undertaking collaborative, meaningful research programs focused on community needs.
Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Professionalism, Collaboration
Cairnmillar has been at the forefront of clinical psychology and psychotherapy for over 55 years and has earned a reputation as a centre for clinical excellence. Cairnmillar’s clinical services specialise in the treatment of psychological and emotional problems. Cairnmillar has specialist skills in the treatment of relationships and families, children under six years with behavioural issues, troubled adolescents, the treatment of trauma and its aftermath reactions, and problem gambling.
For many years it has played an active role in community psychology through the establishment of suicide prevention programs, community education for shyness, single living, human relations programs, stress management in schools and much more. Cairnmillar continues to provide employee assistance programs, workshops in psychotherapy techniques and psychological health, as well as careers assessment and counselling.
As an approved Higher Education Provider, our education programs have university equivalence. We are proud of this achievement and the professional recognition it affords Cairnmillar as a centre known for clinical excellence. Our psychology degrees have accreditation from The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as being equivalent in status to university degrees in psychology. Our counselling and psychotherapy programs have also received accreditation from the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA).
The Head of School and the staff of the school are committed to providing a personalised training experience for all who come our way. The school has developed an outstanding teaching program and a reputation for the training of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. The high quality of our programs means that our graduates meet the highest possible standards.
Cairnmillar is now offering a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. It is also offering places for 4th and 5th year psychology programs. Cairnmillar now has several pathways for people to become psychologists. Our former students speak appreciatively of their experiences at Cairnmillar. It is highly significant that so many of our former students hold leadership positions. We offer the following degrees:
- Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
- Master of Professional Psychology Practice
- Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Counselling and Psychotherapy Degrees
- Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy
To find out more about our education and programs visit our School website
The Big Tent Project
Through the Kindergarten Field Officers Group (KFOG), we are helping kids who have witnessed domestic violence, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse. Some have lost a parent. Others have a disturbed or drug addicted parent. We know that KFOG is valuable. We know that this program works. We now need the research evidence to demonstrate how it works. The Big Tent Project will allow us to gather the research to confirm the program’s worth and extend its reach. The Big Tent is a strong metaphor for a new way of caring for thousands of traumatised children of around four and a half years of age in kindergartens across Melbourne, the state of Victoria, and then out to the rest of Australia.
If we help build one child’s self-worth, we set that child on a new and better pathway into their future. If we can help one traumatised child in the kindergarten, we help their 30 or so classmates; we help the staff; we help the parents. We help provide a warm environment for these children to feel safe and to enjoy this vital early childhood experience. Without this help, these kids are likely to grow into troubled and potentially disturbed and violent adults. If you would like to make a donation to the research go to our Donations, Bequests and Benefactors page.
Cairnmillar has helped thousands of people to deal with personal trauma such as the diagnosis of a life threatening illness. The aim of this research is to provide six sessions of Contextual Modular Therapy (CMT) for women and members of their extended families affected by the diagnosis of breast cancer. CMT is a time-limited therapy that integrates principles and techniques from the major psychotherapies. The model is distinguishable from other brief therapies by its theoretical integration, its six-session time limit, its specific clinical focus, and its techniques for dealing with different systems of dissatisfaction and distress. CMT provides the therapist with a modular, sequential application of interventions and with explicit criteria for movement from one stage of treatment to the next.
The aim of this research is to provide further research evidence about the effectiveness of CMT in the treatment of breast cancer. In particular, the interventions in the model which the participants considered most appropriate in alleviating their psychological distress and contributed to their individual well-being. The impact for individuals, couples and families will be great, as there is currently little by way of controlled data in this important area of psychotherapy research.
We hear a great deal about problem gambling. Cairnmillar has a program to help the problem gambler. Psychological approaches to treating problem gambling have emphasised behaviour therapy, various expressions of cognitive therapy, addiction control and doing “what seems best” in a given situation. Cairnmillar takes an integrative treatment approach to problem gambling. Cairnmillar has undertaken a major research project into the effectiveness of the Contextual Modular Therapy approach. We bring together several schools of therapy in a module of six sessions.
Our large scale research program has recorded positive outcomes for the method and for the clients who participated in the six sessions of counselling. Our research indicates that the CMT approach to problem gambling provides a time-limited cost effective engagement. Problem gamblers reported they benefit from having a plan of therapy that deals with the overt problem and also recognises the hidden influences impacting on their behaviour.
Successful Ageing and Growth Enhancement (SAGE)
SAGE helps people aged 55 years and older to learn about, and apply psychological insights to help them age more effectively and enjoyably. Each month our SAGE seminar comprises a brief lecture on the topic of the day, case studies relevant to the topic, lively discussion, interaction and a facilitated large group discussion. Recent topics have included Strengthening Confidence in Meeting Major Losses and Turning Points, and Processes to Revitalise Resilience and Well-being in the Second Half of Life.
The SAGE program has been presented by Dr Francis Macnab, Executive Director of Cairnmillar, for over 25 years. We are currently evaluating ways in which the program might benefit other audiences and communities. The aim of the research is to further develop the program to ensure that older Australians at risk of losing life purpose, losing self-worth, losing vital coping strengths in later years, coping with the transitions of retirement, might benefit from the approach.