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PSTY5204: Practising Psychodynamic Psychotherapy B

2024 unit information

This unit is a continuation of unit 5203. It provides a comprehensive training in STDIP through an extended clinical experience with a second patient from the students own workplace- utilising the essential principles of assessment, psychodynamic formulation, and working through the initial, middle and end stages of therapy. The therapy will consist of 10-15 weekly sessions of 50minutes duration, and should be audio-recorded where possible for supervision which will take place on a weekly basis. The focus in supervision will be on the acquisition of micro-skills of therapeutic engagement and assessment, the psychodynamic formulation, identification and processing of maladaptive coping mechanisms, identification and processing of affective expression, the transference and countertransference. It is trauma-informed - paying attention to empathic resonance, affective language, maintenance of a respectful frame, and a mutually agreed upon contract. The development of the students own reflective capacity, ethical conduct and diligent attention to self-care during the process are also aimed for.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Brain and Mind Science

Code PSTY5204
Academic unit Brain and Mind Science
Credit points 3
Prerequisites:
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PSTY5201 and PSTY5203
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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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

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

  • LO1. describe the essential principles of STDIP and be able to communicate it to patients
  • LO2. discuss the key criteria for applying STDIP, taking into account trauma history
  • LO3. demonstrate a good understanding of techniques, process and structure of STDIP
  • LO4. demonstrate an awareness of therapist competencies required and patient suitability
  • LO5. demonstrate familiarity with a trauma-informed assessment and the phase approach
  • LO6. understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship
  • LO7. recognise the role of anxiety and coping mechanisms in maintaining homeostasis
  • LO8. demonstrate a succinct psychodynamic formulation
  • LO9. identify problems, prioritise and arrive at a focus of work with the patient
  • LO10. identify transference and countertransference
  • LO11. utilise transference interventions
  • LO12. recognise the role that coping mechanisms play, develop the capacity to facilitate affect expression and understand the role of relational difficulties in symptom formation
  • LO13. use the model satisfactorily in different symptom presentations
  • LO14. tailor the model to suit dyadic therapy with parent/infant/child, if relevant to the trainees’ work
  • LO15. identify separation anxiety and manage it at different stages of STDIP
  • LO16. write a helpful good-bye letter towards the end of therapy
  • LO17. demonstrate the capacity to end therapy appropriately and be cognisant of ethics
  • LO18. demonstrate an adequate knowledge of psychopathologies commonly encountered
  • LO19. demonstrate the required competencies in short term dynamic psychotherapy
  • LO20. organise further/on-going treatment, review, or top-up of therapy appropriately
  • LO21. write a brief account of the therapy with two patients
  • LO22. demonstrate the capacity to write an assessment and a succinct dynamic formulation for each patient
  • LO23. write a clinical case history describing an important aspect of the therapy.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Online Westmead, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 Early 2020
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Westmead, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Online Westmead, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Westmead, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Online Westmead, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Online Westmead, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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