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Speaker: Dr Mirela Wagner and Dr Fiona Black
Therapists commonly experience emotional reactions toward their patients. When working with patients with comorbid and/or severe psychopathology, these reactions can be especially strong. Further, when working with such patients as part of multidisciplinary hospital teams, these emotional reactions can be displaced onto, and expressed toward, other clinicians. If left unacknowledged and unprocessed, such emotional reactions can be acted out, thereby disrupting team dynamics or potentially arresting patient progress.
In this seminar, we will discuss the subject of process issues in working with psychiatric inpatients with complex presenting problems. In particular, we will focus on the role that reflective practice can play for individual clinicians and clinical teams. We have found that utilising reflective practice can be a useful method to process emotional reactions and to assist when working with complex patients, regardless of the clinicians’ discipline or therapeutic orientation.
To illustrate the above issues, we will refer to current clinical practice, case examples, and research at The Park. We hope that the seminar will stimulate discussion around how clinicians can identify and work through process issues in different clinical settings.
Mirela Wagner is a Clinical Psychologist who was awarded a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Mirela has been working at the Secure Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit (SMHRU) at The Park – Centre for Mental Health over the last six years and she has a special interest in process issues and reflective practice. In addition to her hospital work, Mirela maintains a private practice in Brisbane, she currently holds a sessional lecturing appointment with the Australian Catholic University, and she is a clinical supervisor at QUT. Mirela is a Member of the APS and of Psychoanalytically-Oriented Psychology Interest Group (POPIG) where she holds the role of POPIG Qld State Subcommittee Coordinator.
Fiona Black is a Clinical Psychologist who was awarded a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Fiona is currently acting as the Senior Psychologist and Therapies Lead at The Park – Centre for Mental Health. She has worked in the state-wide High Security Inpatient Service (HSIS) for the past seven years. Fiona particularly enjoys working at the interface between clinical and forensic psychology and has had the opportunity to present on related topics locally and internationally. She shares Mirela’s interest in process issues and reflective practice. Fiona is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law (ANZAPPL).
CHOICE seminars will take place monthly (with the exception of July and December) — 4 taking place at the University and 3 in clinic/hospital settings.
The University-based seminars will take place at a regular day and time — the second Wednesday of the month, 4-5pm – followed by drinks and cheese.