Despite an increasing awareness and acknowledgement of the psychodynamic origins of some key concepts in contemporary evidence-based psychotherapies, psychodynamic therapies and the theories underlying these remain a largely unknown quantity to a significant percentage of practicing clinicians in Australia. Psychodynamic therapies have been, and continue to be, widely practiced across many countries, and there is a growing evidence-base for both short- and long-term variants of the same. The broad aim of Giovanina's presentation is to provide a framework for those attending to begin to think about (and maybe even apply) psychodynamic ideas in ways that are complementary to their existing clinical work.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants will have:
- Basic understanding of some of the major schools of psychodynamic therapy
- Basic understanding of some of the key concepts characterising psychodynamic approaches
- Practicd psychodynamic assessment and case formulation
- Awareness of some key psychodynamic concepts and skills that can be usefully applied in other therapeutic approaches
About the presenter(s)
Giovanina Severino is a clinical psychologist presently working within Mental Health Services in the northern area of Adelaide. Her experience includes work within a range of mental health service settings (including various inpatient and community settings), general medical settings (including brain injury, orthopaedic and spinal injury) and remote area work. In addition to her interest in psychoanalysis and non-verbal/bodily based therapies, she has a particular commitment to and experience in working with Aboriginal clients and their families, as well as refugee and non-English speaking populations. Giovanina is also presently a Clinical Lecturer at both the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia