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BMRI5050: Clinical Psychiatry II

This unit of study provides an overview of normal development, the formation of relational attachments, and psychological sequelae of trauma and loss. Students will examine anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD, personality disorders, including the epidemiology, aetiology, phenomenology, management of these disorders and medicolegal considerations. In addition, there will be a focus on developing trainees' clinical skills towards a broader, well­rounded approach that involves psychosocial techniques, and working collaboratively with consumers and families in multidisciplinary and community settings. The unit will provide psychiatry trainees with foundational knowledge and skills in psychotherapeutic techniques including psychodynamic theory, supportive psychotherapy, building a therapeutic alliance and cognitive behavioural therapy. Principles of recovery­oriented practice and trauma­informed care, psychiatric ethics, history of psychiatry, rural and indigenous mental health will be studied as well as an introduction to leadership and medical management with workshops on professionalism and RANZCP MCQ practice.

Code BMRI5050
Academic unit Brain and Mind Science
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. discuss the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical characteristics of anxiety, trauma-related and personality disorders, with reference to key academic sources
  • LO2. construct an attachment-based formulation and comprehensive biopsychosocial management plan for patients with these disorders
  • LO3. understand and apply psychodynamic principles to the development of therapeutic relationships with patients, carers and relevant others
  • LO4. identify the major principles of supportive psychotherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy and motivational interviewing and develop skills to apply these therapies in routine clinical practice.
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of the needs and characteristics of special populations within psychiatry (including Indigenous, refugee, victims of trauma, culturally diverse and rural populations) and adapt clinical approaches accordingly
  • LO6. demonstrate an awareness of the principles of personal recovery, trauma-informed care, professionalism and psychiatric ethics and apply these to clinical and professional practice.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.