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Specialised Areas of Practice - PSYC6085

Year - 2020

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to specialised modes of assessment and treatment beyond the core models and diagnoses they have learned about to date. This includes both complex presentations in individuals and complex dynamics and interventions in couples and families. Family therapy will be a specific focus and students will be introduced to the history of family therapy, including structural, systemic, post-Milan, solution-focused and narrative models. Contemporary approaches will also be included, especially Open Dialogue. Students will be given ample opportunity to both observe and participate in demonstrations and role plays. The Maudsley model of family therapy for anorexia will also be taught, including an opportunity to hear from a family who has experienced it who will join the class to tell their story. This unit of study will also provide students with an opportunity to be taught directly by a wide range of clinicians working in the field in specialized areas. Visiting lecturers will bring their scholarly, practical and real-world knowledge into the classroom, preparing students for work with complex problems including psychosis, bipolar disorder, drug dependence, somatoform disorder and more. Issues of bereavement and working with issues related to gender and sexuality will also be a focus, preparing students to work with important issues beyond diagnostic categories.

3-hour weekly seminars

three written assignments (100%)

Additional information
Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Sydney


Faculty: Science

Semester 2 Early

03 Aug 2020

Department/School: Psychology Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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