This unit is designed to extend clinical assessment, formulation, treatment planning, and treatment implementation skills and knowledge for adult and child patients. It also extends trainees' knowledge and experience conducting and interpreting psychometric assessments. Trainees will be allocated to new supervisors for this placement and supervision methods will become less intense, more individual and begin to reflect formats available in external placements. A secondary aim of this unit is to develop students' awareness of complex processes in the therapy room, both those presented by the patient, in the therapeutic relationship and in the internal dialogue of the clinician. Further exploration of critical and philosophical issues will be offered explored to enable students to contextualize the therapies they provide and reflect on them from a wider perspective. Units include a focus on complex psychodynamic phenomenon, as conceptualised in contemporary evidence-based practice and support the development of mature reflective children who are able to focus on both professional and personal development across their careers.
3-hour weekly lectures
Two written assignments (1500-2000 words); Contract, mid-placement review, clinical log (compulsory requirements for accreditation), end-of-placement review (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.