Category Archive: Abstracts, Fifth Edition – Volume 5, No. 1, July 2017

Application of Kohut in Public Mental Health: Understanding Fatima

Julia Jamaludin, MBBS, MPsych, Cairns, Queensland    Abstract In the current Australian public mental health system, in which scarce resources result in a ‘revolving door’ system, pharmacological intervention conveniently takes precedence over its psychological counterpart. Although there is limited capacity for psychodynamic psychotherapy intervention in the public mental health system, I believe many patients could be …

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The Core Sensitivities: A clinical evolution of Masterson’s Disorders of Self

Brooke E. Poulsen, DClinPsych, and Joseph J. Coyne, MClinPsych, School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland  Abstract The Circle of Security (COS) intervention provides a clinical application of attachment theory demonstrated to promote adaptive interactions between parents and their children. Key to the program is the structured relationship assessment and conceptualisation …

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So, you think your counselling practices are collaborative?

Anne Hollingworth, PsyD, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Private Practice, New South Wales   Abstract The concept of collaboration in mental health service delivery currently has wide currency among policy makers and practitioners alike. The professional’s speaking practices are recognised to be an important part of establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with their clients. Textbooks on …

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Intimate Relationships and Chronic Illness: A literature review for counsellors and couple therapists

Rebecca M. Gray, PhD, Relationships Australia New South Wales; Toby Newton-John, PhD, University of Technology Sydney; Jamie Lee, PhD; Claire Ralfs, PhD, Relationships Australia South Australia    Abstract Emerging evidence suggests a bi-directional dynamic between chronic illness and intimate relationships. Moreover, the quality of this relationship affects the capacity of the affected person to manage their …

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Motivational Interviewing and School Misbehaviour: An evidenced-based approach to working with at-risk adolescents

David Mander, PhD,  Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, Western Australia   Abstract Motivational Interviewing (MI) is presented as an adjunct to existing counselling techniques when working with older adolescent students (e.g., over 12 years of age) at risk of early disengagement with education because of persistent misbehaviour at school. While this paper foremost examines the …

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A Literature Review of the Evidence for the Effectiveness of Experiential Psychotherapies

Ben Mullings, PhD, Private Practice, Perth, Western Australia   Abstract The purpose of this literature review is to review the evidence base for the effectiveness of experiential psychotherapies, conducted in international and Australian settings. A systematic review of internationally published research from the last five years, and Australian research from the last 10 years, was conducted …

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