This unit is designed to provide students with advanced level training in both reflective practice and psychotherapeutic approaches. It serves to build on foundations skills and prepare students to respond to more complex presentations, using reflection, integration of models, short and longer term solutions and practices that extend beyond the individual. In terms of reflective practice students will be taught a variety of models which align with treatment approaches, including cognitive behaviour therapy and analytic therapy, and be given opportunity to use these methods in class using their own case material from clinic. Detailed discussion of the risks of vicarious trauma and the need for self-care in the role of clinician will be explored. In terms of psychotherapy, the unit will cover responses to complex human problems, including integrative psychotherapy, approaches to personality disorders, and community-based approaches to mental health. Assessment and treatment of a wide range personality disorders will be taught. Community-based seminars will include practice in relation to aboriginal psychology, the recovery and peer work movements and working with refugees both in conflict zones and Australia. Members of these communities will be present in class. These classes will be taught by leaders in these fields, including components of lectures taught through zoom direct from refugee centres or conflict zones.
3-hour weekly seminars
Three written assignments (1500 words); Class participation (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