The unit provides an initial clinical experience supported by small group supervision, to be followed by the unit PSTY5204, structuring learning in psychodynamic practice. The initial focus is on assessment for psychotherapy and the structure of short term psychodynamic intervention as comprising initial, middle and ending phases. Students will bring suitable cases with audio-taped sessional material from their work setting or an affiliated psychotherapy program and begin 2 therapies, both short term psychotherapies of 10-15 sessions or one short term therapy and a longer term therapy, with cases continuing in PSTY5204. This second option is open to those enrolled in the Grad Dip or Masters or requires Departmental permission. Supervision will focus on the micro-skills of engagement and attunement and use of language, assessment of states of mind and formulation and the construction of a safety plan, frame and contract. Students will gain skills in: developing the therapeutic relationship; identification of coping mechanisms, dissociation, transference and countertransference; the use of feeling/affective language and metaphor; managing the vicissitudes of therapy; construction of a goodbye letter. Students will gain a grounding in reflective practice, ethical conduct and self-care.
2 x 20min lec/wk; 1x sup/wk (45 min) (in group of 2); 2 hrs ce/wk (nd on thursday morning)
supervision log-book (25%); 1 x case presentation (15%); 1 x 3000wd case study (30%); 1 x oral examination (30min) (30%)
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Special permission is required for students those wishing to do one short and one long case and not enrolled in the GradDip(Psychotherapy) or the MMed(Psychotherapy). Examples may include those seeking a unit of study to support a training case for FRANZCP Basic or Advanced Training. A primary degree in the health sciences and professional indemnity insurance is required for this unit.
This unit assumes a working clinical knowledge of basic counselling