The Northern Region Psychotherapy Coordinator is now Chris Bampton
These are the three key things to read about the 2012 Psychotherapy requirements across Stages 2 and 3
I'm revamping the older memo: Information for Psychotherapy Supervisors and Registrars about Psychotherapy requirements in the 2012 Regulations currently to include Intrain aspects. Revised version will be posted shortly.
The "Psychotherapy Case"
During your training Training you need to write up a "Psychotherapy Written Case" (PWC) - a case history of therapy conducted across a minimum of 40 x 1 hour sessions, in a psychodynamic modality. As above, read the main information about this case from the college website: Psychotherapy Written Case - Main Details of the requirements extracted from the 2012 Regulations
The college information (and forms) for the case are here.
You'll need to locate a suitable patient and start the therapy in 2nd or (very latest) 3rd year, and then to write up and submit the case in 4th year. It had to be passed before you can complete training and achieve the fellowship. Before starting the therapy (after the assessment sessions) you need to obtain written consent from the patient using the college form. During the therapy, you'll need to do three Case Discussions (a bit like Case-based discussions but more psychotherapy-oriented and recorded on a special college form). These are done close to the start of therapy, about mid-way, and in the termination phase.
Read the information from the Regulations about the Case requirements again before starting to draft the Case History, and read the marking proforma for the Case History before finalising it. It's also crucial to get a minimum of two supervisors to read your final draft and give you feedback, before you finalise the Case.
Documenting your Experiences:
It can be a little difficult finding a patient suitable for a novice therapist within the public system - for example, patients with severe personality disorders are not suitable. So make sure that you don't agree to commence therapy until you've presented the patient's case to your supervisor and discussed their suitability.
Finding a Supervisor
Supervision for the PWC: Chris Bampton, the Psychotherapy Coordinator, has a list of locally accredited PWC supervisors. Contact him to organise a supervisor
Memo about submitting your PWC - practicalities, proof-reading, things not to forget, etc.
Stage 2 second years
Stage 2 third years
Psychotherapy ReferencesSome of these References are in local libraries. The Training Centre has a number of texts from this list and is prepared to lend them out - provided they come back again - you can arrange this via Fiona.