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Spectrum’s Group Supervision Programme for Psychologists in Victoria

This specialised supervision programme for personality disorder is designed to support psychologists with their practice in the public and / or private sector who encounter challenging and complex clients with diagnoses of personality disorder. The primary goal of supervision is to ensure the welfare of clients and the quality services they receive.

Spectrum has been providing Psychology Group Supervision Programmes for the last two years.   This has been a highly valued programme by the participants.

Spectrum plans to continue with this programme in 2021 (only) via Tele-health (Zoom). 

Pending on the interest and volume of demand the program will consist of:

  • Open Group Supervision
  • Closed Group Supervision
  • Closed Study & Supervision Group

All groups will be run on a monthly basis and cater for up to 6 people per group.  The programme is free of charge.  The calendar / time table for this programme will be provided in due course (by end of December 2020). 

For the open groups, participants can book their place as they go since they don’t have to attend all groups. Please note that a “first come first served” policy will be used.

 

For the closed groups, participants will be expected to be able to commit to a minimum of 80% of the total sessions.  Reasons for absence such as planned holiday / health / provision of care will be accepted.

At this stage we are inviting prospective participants to express their interest in this programme.  We would like you to tell us: what type of group you would like to attend, the day of the week and the time of day.

This will help us to tailor the programme to the needs of the majority.

Please find the attached flyers for a description of the groups.

The end date for expressions of interest is the 15th December 2020. 

For all enquiries and expression of interest please contact:

Rada Semec

Senior Psychologist/Spectrum

Mobile: 0402 970 935

E-mail: Radmila.Semec@easternhealth.org.au

 

 

Psychology Study & Supervision Group

‘A Relational and Neuorobilogical Approach’

For understanding and treating personality disorders

 

Aim: The aim of this group is to support clinicians in developing their ‘capacity to work in an integrated way” when working with clients who present with significant intra-personal and inter-personal disturbance.

Since the time of Freud volumes and volumes of books have been written about how to treat people with “psychological issues”.    In the last 20 and so years we have been offered multiple choices of “evidence based” treatments for various disorders.    The challenge that a contemporary practitioner faces is to develop a cohesive and coherent model of practice in the field of seemingly different and incompatible modalities. 

The recent neurobiological insights have given us hope that the traditional gap between the concepts of body and mind can be finally reduced if not eliminated.  For example, are the concepts of ‘transference’ and ‘implicit attachment memory’ referring to the same phenomena?   Did you know that the original meaning of the words “soul” and “spirit” is breath and breathing in most European languages?  Interestingly, in the Polyvagal Theory they talk about using breath as a way of regulating the Autonomic Nervous System.                               

The suggested reading list comes from years of professional development that I found useful in my clinical practice with clients who present as complex and severe. As “an eternal student” the challenge always has been to synthesize the diverse literature in a way that can be helpful to me and my clients.

The idea is that participants will read between sessions and discuss their insights in the first hour of the group. In the second hour the group will work together to develop a shared understanding of a clinical issue and then reflect together.

Prior to attending the group for the first time you will be asked to fill and sign the Registration and Group Agreement forms.  

Event details:

Dates for 2021: TBC

Time: TBC

Location: Via Tele-health

About the Supervisor:

Radmila (Rada) Semec, Senior Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor, MNZPS. 

Since joining Spectrum in 2002 Rada specialized in treating people with complex presentations driven by a severe personality disorder (s) symptomatology.   Rada provided supervision, consultations and training to public mental health services in Victoria.

Rada trained in following schools of psychotherapy: Rogerian Persona Centred Counselling, Object – Relation Psychotherapy, Transactional Analyses, Gestalt Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy, Group Therapy, Organizational / System Interventions and Sensory-motor Psychotherapy. 

Rada believes in a highly individualized and integrative approach when supporting clients and systems in achieving their goals.  

All enquires can be put to the group facilitator: Rada Semec, Senior Psychologist, Spectrum. Contact via e-mail: Radmila.Semec@easternhealth.org.au  or mobile: 0402 970 935

 

Reading List:

Please note that we will be reading only parts of the books for group purposes. It is recommended that you get your own copies if possible. The other way to familiars yourself with the authors is to access their talks on youtube etc.

  • “The Relationship Management” by David Dawson (article; I provide)
  • “BPD and The Conversational Model” by Russell Meares (book)
  • “The Therapeutic Relationship” by Petruska Clarkson (introduction chapter; I provide)
  • “The Mindful Therapist” by Danile J. Siegel (book)
  • “Management of Countertransference with Borderline Patients” by Glen O.Gabbard and Sally M.Wilkinson (book)
  • “ Polyvagal theory” by Stephen W.Porges (article / youtube)
  • “The Haunted Self – Structural dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization” by Onno van der Hart , Ellert R.S.Nijenhuis & Kathy Steele (book)
  • “The body keeps the score – Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk (book)
  • “Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame – A relational/ Neurobiological Approach “ by Patricia A. DeYoung (book)
  • “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy –Interventions for trauma and attachment “ by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher (book)

Optional:

  • “Easy Ego-state Interventions – strategies for working with parts” by Robyn Shapiro (book)
  • “Overcoming Trauma through Yoga - Reclaiming Your Body “ by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper (book)
  • “Self-regulation Interventions and Strategies – Keeping the Body, Mind & Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders” by Teresa Garland (book)

Psychology Group Supervision

For understanding and treating personality disorders

(Open and closed format)

 

This group is open for registered psychologists in the public and/or private practice in Victoria.

The aim of the group is to support psychologists in developing their capacity to work in an integrated way when working with clients who present with significant intra-personal and inter-personal disturbance.  The participants will be encouraged to read literature on relational and neurobiological understandings of personality disorder (please see a reading list).

For the open group there is no requirement for a regular commitment.  In its format the group is open which means that you can register for a specific date(s). The maximum number per group is six participants. “First come first served”.  The group is run on monthly bases.

For the closed group participants are expected to commit to 80% minimum. Reasons for absence such as planned holidays, health, and provision of care will be accepted. 

The primary focus is on the group working together to develop a shared understanding of a clinical issue and then reflecting together, rather than on an individual presenting a perfect case study per group.  All participants come to sessions with a possible client or dilemma in mind for presentation and reflection and the group decides together who will present.  

Prior to attending the group for the first time you will be asked to fill and sign the Registration and Group Agreement forms. 

Dates in 2021: TBC

Day and Time: TBC

Location: Tele-health

About the Supervisor:

Radmila (Rada) Semec, Senior Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia approved supervisor, MNZPS.

Since joining Spectrum in 2002 Rada specialized in treating people with complex presentations driven by a severe personality disorder (s) symptomatology.   Rada provided supervision, consultations and training to public mental health services in Victoria.

Rada trained in following schools of psychotherapy: Rogerian Persona Centred Counselling, Object – Relation Psychotherapy, Transactional Analyses, Gestalt Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy, Group Therapy, Organizational / System Interventions and Sensory-motor Psychotherapy. 

Rada believes in a highly individualized and integrative approach when supporting clients and systems in achieving their goals.  

All enquires can be put to the group facilitator: Rada Semec, Senior Psychologist, Spectrum. Contact via e-mail: Radmila.Semec@easternhealth.org.au or mobile: 0402 970 935.

Downloads:

Download the information flyer

 

Currently all Spectrum in-person training has been cancelled for this year. However, we continue to provide our popular free Q&A sessions and we are developing some on-line training options. Please continue to check our website for any notifications about on-line training options.

Online Training Opportunities

Online DBT Training:

Spectrum is offering a DBT training comprising of three 2 ½ hour DBT training sessions focusing on DBT skills in action. The sessions are consecutive and are live online. Dates are November 6th, November 13th and November 27th. See Professional Development page.

Online Foundation Training:

This one day Foundation training will enhance mental health clinicians’ understanding and practice in working effectively and therapeutically with people with borderline personality disorder. Live online. Date: December 1st. See Professional Development page.

Spectrum Conference 2020: Complexities in Personality Disorder, A Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) Approach

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, the planned Spectrum conference for 2020 on “Complexities in Personality Disorder, A Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) Approach”, featuring Dr Anthony Bateman, has been postponed. The conference will be held next year. Updates will be posted on our website as further information is available. Please also follow our social media for other training options that may be offered in the meantime.

General well-being of people with BPD during the COVID-19 pandemic and their experiences of treatment accessibility and support including telehealth

Complete the survey

 

Introduction


The COVID-19 outbreak has led to considerable changes to our economy, society and healthcare system. Apart from the general community stress related to COVID-19 itself, we've needed to adapt to a range of challenges during the outbreak. Isolating from friends, relatives and broader society as well as navigating the rapid shift of in-person mental healthcare services to telehealth, have imposed additional stressors on vulnerable people. The early consequences of these recent and dramatic changes at a population level are unknown.

This survey is a joint collaboration between the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service. If you live in Australia and have a diagnosis of BPD (or identify with the symptoms of BPD), we invite you to share your experiences of mental health support and treatment you have received from public, private and community health services using telehealth since the restrictions came into effect.

Telehealth includes using video-conferencing, phone or both to receive mental health services.

Instructions

This survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you choose to participate, please respond as completely and honestly as you are able. No identifying information about you will be collected in this survey. Please avoid using names or providing information that could be used to identify you. All survey responses will be un-identifiable and therefore privacy and confidentiality will be protected. Your completion of this survey infers your informed consent.

There is a list of support organisations included at the end of the survey.

This study has received approval from the Eastern Health Human Research and Ethics committee. If you have any questions of an ethical nature, please contact the Eastern Health Human Research and Ethics Committee (Chair)

Telephone: 03 9895 3398

Email: ethics@easternhealth.org.au

If you have any questions related to the purpose or carrying out of this study, please contact the principal researcher, A/Prof Jillian Broadbear, at 8413 8750 or spectrum.research@easternhealth.org.au

Psychology Group Supervision

For understanding and treating personality disorders

 

Aim:

The aim of this group is to support clinicians in developing their capacity to work in an integrated way with clients who present with significant intra-personal and inter-personal disturbance. The participants will be encouraged to read literature on relational and neurobiological understandings of personality disorder (a reading list will be provided). 

Overview:

This group is open to registered psychologists from public and/or private practice in Victoria. There is no requirement to commit regularly. In its format the group is open which means that you can register for a specific date(s). The maximum number per group is six participants.  The group is run on a monthly bases.

The primary focus is on the group working together to develop a shared understanding of a clinical issue and then reflecting together, rather than on an individual presenting a perfect case study per group.  All participants come to sessions with a possible client or dilemma in mind for presentation and reflection and the group decides together who will present.  

Prior to attending the group for the first time you will be asked to fill and sign the Registration and Group Agreement forms. 

Dates in 2020: 16th September, 21st October, 18th November, 16th December

Day and Time: On Wednesdays from 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Location: Spectrum, Level 1, 110 Church St Richmond, VIC, 3121

All enquires can be put to the group facilitator: Rada Semec, Senior Psychologist, Spectrum. Contact via e-mail: Radmila.Semec@easternhealth.org.au or mobile: 0402 970 935.

Downloads:

Psychology Study & Supervision Group:

A Relational and Neurobiological Approach’

 For understanding and treating personality disorders

Aim:

The aim of this group is to support clinicians in developing their ‘capacity to work in an integrated way” when working with clients who present with significant intra-personal and inter-personal disturbance.

Overview:

Since the time of Freud volumes and volumes of books have been written about how to treat people with “psychological issues”. In the last 20 and so years we have been offered multiple choices of “evidence based” treatments for various disorders. The challenge that a contemporary practitioner faces is to develop a cohesive and coherent model of practice in the field of seemingly different and incompatible modalities.

The recent neurobiological insights have given us hope that the traditional gap between the concepts of body and mind can be finally reduced if not eliminated. For example, are the concepts of ‘transference’ and ‘implicit attachment memory’ referring to the same phenomena? Did you know that the original meaning of the words “soul” and “spirit” is breath and breathing in most European languages? Interestingly, in the Polyvagal Theory they talk about using breath as a way of regulating the Autonomic Nervous System.

The suggested reading list comes from years of professional development that I found useful in my clinical practice with clients who present as complex and severe. As “an eternal student” the challenge always has been to synthesize the diverse literature in a way that can be helpful to me and my clients.

The idea is that participants will read between sessions and discuss their insights in the first hour of the group. In the second hour of the group participants will present cases (one case per group) in a traditional supervision format.

Prior to attending the group for the first time you will be asked to fill and sign the Registration and Group Agreement forms.

Dates for 2020: 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December

Location: Spectrum, Level 1, 110 Church St Richmond, VIC, 3121

Time: Wednesdays from 4.00pm to 6.00pm

All enquires can be put to the group facilitator: Rada Semec, Senior Psychologist, Spectrum. Contact via e-mail: Radmila.Semec@easternhealth.org.au or mobile: 0402 970 935

Reading List:

Please note that we will be reading only parts of the books for group purposes. It is recommended that you get your own copies if possible. The other way to familiars yourself with the authors is to access their talks on youtube etc.

  • "The Relationship Management” by David Dawson (article; provided)
  • “BPD and The Conversational Model” by Russell Meares (book)
  • “The Therapeutic Relationship” by Petruska Clarkson (introduction chapter; provided)
  • “The Mindful Therapist” by Danile J. Siegel (book)
  • “Management of Countertransference with Borderline Patients” by Glen O.Gabbard and Sally M.Wilkinson (book)
  • “Polyvagal Theory” by Stephen W.Porges (article / youtube)
  • “The Haunted Self – Structural dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization” by Onno van der Hart, Ellert R.S.Nijenhuis & Kathy Steele (book)
  • “The body keeps the score – Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk (book)
  • “Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame – A relational / Neurobiological Approach“ by Patricia A. DeYoung (book)
  • “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Interventions for trauma and attachment“ by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher (book)

Optional:

  • “Easy Ego-state Interventions – strategies for working with parts” by Robyn Shapiro (book)
  • “Overcoming Trauma through Yoga- Reclaiming Your Body “ by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper (book)
  • “Self-regulation Interventions and Strategies – Keeping the Body, Mind & Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders” by Teresa Garland (book)

Downloads:

Dr Sathya Rao

Congratulations to our very own Spectrum Executive Clinical Director, Dr Sathya Rao who has received a RANZCP Victorian Branch Meritorious Award.

The award acknowledges Sathya’s contribution over many years towards understanding and managing patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, and his immense contribution to clinical services, training and education, and research. Sathya is a pioneer within Australia in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and his passion for research, evidence-based practice and teaching has inspired hundreds of health professionals to specialise in this area within Australia and overseas. His quiet determination to dedicate himself to working with people living with Borderline Personality Disorder has saved lives and changed families forever. In the words of the College “Sathya has led Spectrum for a long period and transformed our approach to personality disorders from nihilism to hopefulness.’

Congratulations, Sathya on this prestigious acknowledgement and for the great contribution you have made in your field of expertise.

Monthly Q&A Sessions

Spectrum is offering monthly Q&A sessions on a  variety of topics related to working with people with personality disorder. These are conducted via Zoom and are a great interactive way of enhancing knowledge and practice through discussion and questions. Spaces are limited so booking is required.

Please visit our Professional Development page for more information regarding dates and bookings.

 

For Current Clients

Spectrum remains open and continues to provide treatment and support for all current clients. The method of receiving your treatment however has changed, from in person to tele-health options, either through a secure video-conference platform which we arrange for you, or via telephone.

You will be contacted by your clinician and arrangements will be made to provide ongoing treatment for you that you are able to access.

While this is not our ideal method of providing treatment, our intention is to ensure that we can continue to provide treatment for you. Once the physical distancing requirements of COVID-19 have ended, we will return to usual in person treatment arrangements.

 

Maintaining Health and Wellbeing

We acknowledge that this is a very unsettling and concerning time for all in our community. Spectrum will continue to support people and services throughout this difficult time.

Please follow the recommendations for keeping yourself well: physical distance and hand hygiene.

We especially encourage you to look after your mental health by staying connected to other people and activities even while maintaining physical distance. There is a variety of on-line resources to help with this. Here are a couple of web-sites to check out:

https://mindspot.org.au/coronavirus

https://www.bpdfoundation.org.au/news.php?newsid=26

 

For Referrers to Spectrum

Spectrum Treatment Clinics

The Spectrum treatment clinics continue to provide treatment for people who are currently engaged in treatment.

However, clinics have transitioned to tele-health methods of delivery, either through a secure video-conference platform or via telephone.

Spectrum Intake

Spectrum intake continues to operate both for:

  • Telephone support for people with BPD and their families/carers
  • Provision of information for other services and intended referrers

Referrals to Spectrum from Primary Care

Assessment:

Spectrum continues to provide primary care assessments for referrals from GPs and private psychiatrists. Please note these will be completed via telehealth (secure video-conference or telephone) until further notice.

Following assessment, recommendations will be provided to the referring GP or private psychiatrist.

Given current pandemic circumstances, we are not able to operate at our full capacity for competing assessments at this stage.

Referrals to Spectrum from AMH Services

Assessment:

Spectrum will continue to provide urgent assessments for AMH Services, again via tele-health methods.

Treatment:

We will provide secondary consultation via tele-health for AMH Services.

Some tele-health treatment will be provided for people with personality disorder when this is indicated.

Phone enquiries: 8413 8750

Email: Spectrum@easternhealth.org.au

Fax: 9871 3911