Westmead Psychotherapy Program for Complex Traumatic Disorders (Training)

The Westmead Psychotherapy and Research Program is pleased to announce a training opportunity in psychotherapy that will be operating in the Western Sydney Local Health District from early 2017. There will be a limited number of places offered as scholarships (free of charge) for mental health staff working for Western Sydney Local Health District for training in

      1.  individual dynamic psychotherapy (both long-term and brief),

      2.  group psychotherapy.

The training program is based upon the Conversational Model developed by Russell Meares and Robert Hobson to offer treatment to patients with complex and difficult disorders. It continues to incorporate contemporary research in neuroscience, psychotherapy, trauma and attachment. While in the past best known for its utility in treating borderline personality disorder, the model is now being usefully applied to engagement and treatment of the broader group of patients with Complex Traumatic Disorders, conditions that are often refractory to other treatment approaches.

The training is available to the full range of professional disciplines working in the mental health field (including psychiatry registrars; psychologists; mental health nurses; social workers; occupational therapists). The program involves teaching and supervision. It will be a requirement that people entering the program be engaged in the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients from the Western Sydney Local Health District. There will be the opportunity for trainees in this program to complete the full program of 3 years, successful completion of which would make candidates eligible for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy.  For trainee psychiatrists, the clinical experience gained will fulfil the clinical and supervision requirements for the long cases in the individual dynamic chapter of the Advanced Training in the Psychotherapies.

Alternatively trainees may choose a brief program option that will teach psychotherapy skills over the shorter time-frame of 12 months. All trainees will treat Local Health District-based patients and will also have the opportunity to develop relevant research skills.

The Program also encourages applications from those mental health staff considering a PhD in related areas of clinical and basic research. A combined clinical and research training could be offered, with the clinical arm funded as above for staff who would need to concurrently enrol with The University of Sydney as a doctoral candidate.

Expressions of interest should be made to the Program Secretary, Michelle Phillips at,

Email: michelle.Phillips@.health.nsw.gov.au

Telephone: 9840 3335