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, trauma and personality disorders in-depth, including the epidemiology, aetiology, phenomenology and management of these disorders. In addition, there will be a focus on developing trainees' clinical skills towards a broader, well-rounded 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 recovery-oriented practice and trauma-informed care, psychiatric ethics, history of psychiatry, rural and indigenous mental health will be studied.
1 x 3hr seminar/week
Attachment Formulation (40%) Reflective journal Essay (25%) and oral presentation (35%)
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