This unit is designed to extend skills in the Psychology Clinic, specifically clinical assessment, formulation, treatment planning, and treatment implementation skills and knowledge for adult and child patients. It also extends trainees' knowledge and experience conducting and interpreting psychometric assessments. Trainees will be allocated to new supervisors for this placement and supervision methods will become less intense, more individual and begin to reflect formats available in external placements, although frequent direct observation of the trainee's clinical practice continues. Clinical work may involve the integration of more than one model of therapy, a capacity to reflect more on process as well as content, the capacity to respond to more complex issues, including those related to personality and the greater individualization of approaches for each case. An additional aim of this unit of study is to equip students to assess and treat complex presentations such as personality disorders. This unit focuses specifically on two models of therapy, schema therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. Both of these models, developed from cognitive-behaviour therapy, are suitable for personality disorders, or more intractable or chronic presentations.
3-hour weekly lectures
Two written assignments (1500-2000 words); Supervision contract; Mid-Placement Review; End-Placement Review; Clinical log (compulsory requirements for accreditation) (100%). Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on all assessments to satisfy requirements for this unit of study.
Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Sydney.