Mindful, the Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health is the Victorian statewide unit responsible for the delivery of postgraduate courses, training programs, professional development and research programs in child and adolescent mental health.

Mindful is jointly auspiced by the University of Melbourne and Monash University and is funded by a Department of Health grant.

We have a teaching and research facility located in Travancore, Victoria and offer postgraduate courses and professional development.

Mindful is one of the partners in the Take 2 consortium together with Berry Street Victoria, Austin Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Latrobe University and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) delivering a therapeutic service for children in care

Please find below information about the Mindful vision and programs.


Our vision is to strengthen the mental health delivery system for children, young people and families by

  • Developing the best mental health vocational training courses for child, adolescent and youth health, education and welfare professionals, and delivering these across Victoria
  • Promoting effective community and clinical interventions through continuing education, professional support and advocacy
  • Advancing prevention and intervention of child, adolescent and youth mental health difficulties, through training, research, and evaluation
  • Advocating for children and families
  • Developing links with others to promote the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and young people

Professional Development for qualified professionals 

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Course (CAPC): Advanced Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Developmental Psychiatry Course (DPC), Mindful
  • Mindful Introductory Course (MIC), Mindful
  • Autism training for people working in the child, adolescent and youth mental health sector
  • Autism training for people working in the adult mental health sector
  • Tuning in to Kids programs - facilitator training (including Tuning in to Teens and Dads Tuning in to Kids)
  • Infant Mental Health Advanced Training (in collaboration with the RCH Infant Mental Health team)

Postgraduate Degree Programs

  • Master of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne: Child and Adolescent Unit
  • Master in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MCPP), Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma, Child Psychotherapy Studies, via distance education, Monash University

Training Programs

  • Training for employees of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) funded by Department of Health (Vic)
  • Autism State Plan training, funded by Department of Health (Vic).

Research Programs