0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
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- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
Must be enrolled in Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
The content of seminars will cover the practice of psychological therapies with a sound evidence base. Learning will consolidate existing knowledge of psychopathology and focus on extending this knowledge within a tailored therapeutic approach. Cases will be discussed using conceptualization methods that are problem focused (i.e., presenting symptoms and precipitating/ perpetuating/ predisposing/ protective factors), those that span multiple diagnostic categories, and those that theoretical concepts from treatment models with empirical support (e.g., relationship history, attachment style, core beliefs, schema, rules/ assumptions, and values).
A further focus is the development of advanced therapeutic skills. This unit aims to enable the trainee to use evidence-based interventions guided by case conceptualization methods, emphasizing evidence-based specific (e.g., active collaboration, empiricism, Socratic dialogue) and non-specific elements (e.g., empathy, positive regard, alliance, active client participation, and feedback), and in a manner that is also tailored to client attributes. An emphasis on self-reflection and self-practice will be included throughout.
At the end of the unit, students will be able to:
- Organize features of cases to construct problem focused, disorder specific, and comprehensive case conceptualizations for complex case presentations;
- Assess client strengths and aspects that require special consideration when engaging clients, tailoring therapeutic relationships and interventions;
- Create therapeutic environments that foster client engagement during sessions, and that maximize client engagement with between session work;
- Construct, deliver, and evaluate comprehensive case presentations including comprehensive case conceptualizations and treatment plans;
- Plan tailored therapeutic intervention for clients with severe personality disorders and multiple diagnoses;
- Contribute to constructive case consultation;
Group Therapy Proposal (50%)
Self-Practice / Reflection Journal (30%)
Participation (2 x Case Presentations) (10%)
Seminar Discussions (5%)
Case Discussions (5%)
Weekly Learning Tasks, 1 hour in between-session role plays, learning journal (Hurdle)