The unit provides a subsequent clinical experience supported by small group supervision, begun in the unit PSTY5203, structuring learning in psychodynamic practice. The focus is on the structured conduct of shorter psychodynamic interventions 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 continue and finish 2 therapies, either short term psychotherapies of 10-15 sessions or one short term therapy and a longer term therapy, with cases continuing from PSTY5203. The second option is open only 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 and monitoring of the safety plan, frame and contract. Students will deepen 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 deepen their reflective practice, incorporating ethical conduct and self-care. CE/wk (ND on Thursday morning)
1x 20min lec/wk; 1x sup/wk (45 min) (in group of 2); 2 hrs ce/wk (nd on thursday morning)
supervision log-book (20%) 1 x case presentation (20%) 1 x 3000wd case reflection (30%) 1 x oral examination (30min) (30%)
Haliburn J, An Integrated Approach to Short-Term Dynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy: A Clinician's Guide, London:Karnac, 2017. Russell Meares, Nick Bendit, Joan Haliburn, Anthony Korner, Dawn Mears, David Butt. Borderline Personality Disorder and the Conversational Model: A Clinician's Manual. Sydney: Norton, 2012
This unit assumes a working clinical knowledge of basic counselling and mental health, commensurate with a clinician having worked 2 or more years in a setting with general health counselling or mental health clients.
PSTY5201 and PSTY5203