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									     Trainee
 Psychotherapist
   Programme


INFORMATION
  BOOKLET

   2011-13


Website edition
                                                          Contents
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 3

MINIMUM ENTRY CRITERIA ....................................................................................... 3

SALARY DURING TRAINING ........................................................................................ 3

TRAINING PROGRAMME OUTLINE AND REQUIREMENTS ............................... 4
   OVERVIEW .......................................................................................................................... 4
   ASSESSMENT OF THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE ..................................................................... 4
   ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ..................................................... 4
   AWARDS ............................................................................................................................. 4
   PROGRAMME: DAY UNIT ATTACHMENT (1 YEAR) .............................................................. 5
   PROGRAMME: INPATIENT UNIT ATTACHMENT (1 YEAR)..................................................... 6
   PROGRAMME: INPATIENT UNIT ATTACHMENT (1 YEAR)..................................................... 7
TRAINING YEAR ONE: OBJECTIVES AND LEARNING OUTCOMES ................ 8

TRAINING YEAR TWO: OBJECTIVES AND LEARNING OUTCOMES ............... 9

TRAINING YEAR THREE: OBJECTIVES AND LEARNING OUTCOMES ......... 10

TRAINING IN THE THEORY OF PSYCHOTHERAPY............................................ 11

ADVANCED THEORY OF PSYCHOTHERAPY MODULES ................................... 12
   121 STAGES OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (2012) .......................................................................... 12
   122 MODELS OF PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC PRACTICE (2012) ............................................................. 12
   131 SELECTED THEORISTS (2013) ........................................................................................... 12
   132 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (2013) ..................................................................................... 12
PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINEE: JOB DESCRIPTION............................................... 13

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES....................... 14
   GENERAL CONDUCT POLICY ............................................................................................. 14
   GENERAL DISCIPLINARY POLICY ...................................................................................... 14
     Serious Misconduct: .................................................................................................... 15
     Minor misconduct:....................................................................................................... 15
   APPEALS AGAINST DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES. .............................................................. 15
COMPLAINTS PROCEDURES ..................................................................................... 16

MAKING YOUR APPLICATION .................................................................................. 17
      1. Autobiographical letter (not exceeding 2,000 words) ............................................. 17
      2. Curriculum Vitae ..................................................................................................... 17
      3. References................................................................................................................ 17
      4. Evidence of ability to study at tertiary level ............................................................ 17
      5. Other support documents......................................................................................... 17
CONTACT INFORMATION .......................................................................................... 18
      Website link ................................................................................................................. 18




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                              Page 2 of 18
Introduction
The Ashburn Clinic is an independent psychiatric hospital operated by a Charitable Trust
Board. One of the aims of the Trust is to promote the study of psychiatry and psychiatric
practice.

In fulfillment of this aim, The Ashburn Clinic coordinates a closed modular series of
seminars in the theory of psychotherapy, an open series of lunchtime seminar presentations
and some weekend supervision seminars. The Clinic also undertakes training placements
for basic and advanced psychiatric registrars, medical students, nursing and occupational
therapy students. Since 1994, the Clinic has offered a full-time three-year training position
in psychotherapy.

This information booklet provides information useful to those contemplating applying for a
position of trainee in psychotherapy at the Ashburn Clinic.


Minimum Entry Criteria
Applicants for the three- year psychotherapy training course should:

   •   Be at least 25 years of age
   •   Have completed a tertiary education course ( e.g. University degree, Teachers College
       Diploma Polytechnic degree OR have demonstrated a personal capacity to study at
       university level
   •   Submit a current Curriculum Vitae to support their application
   •   Submit an autobiographical letter of not more than 2000 words length which indicates the
       applicant’s general life experiences and reasons for wanting to train as a psychotherapist
   •   Be of good character and be able to provide three suitable references affirming this
   •   Be willing to undertake personal therapy as a requirement of the course
   •   Consent to undertake a Police background check
   •   Agree to be governed by all hospital regulations and codes of ethics adopted by the clinic

          You are strongly encouraged to discuss your application with the
                    Education Coordinator prior to submitting it.

The successful applicant will become an employee of the Ashburn Clinic during the period
of their training and will be offered an individual employment contract by the Clinic.


Salary during Training
The salary proposed for the 2011-13 traineeship is indicated to be in this range:

                       Yr 1            $26,000 p.a. progressing to

                       Yr 2            $27,500 p.a.

                       Yr 3            $30,850 p.a.




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                              Page 3 of 18
Training Programme Outline and Requirements
Overview
The three- year training programme offers theoretical and practical strands:

   •   in- house training in a structured tutorial environment
   •   regular seminars delivered by practicing clinicians through the medium of The
       Advanced Theory Of Psychotherapy modular series
   •   periodic assessment and review of theoretical components of training
   •   clinical placements in a variety of settings: day programmes, residential and acute
       units within a therapeutic community
   •   outpatient responsibilities for the trainee/s
   •   an intensive mother- infant observation
   •   an opportunity to initiate a membership application for NZAP

Trainees are assigned a Mentor who will have oversight of and provide guidance to
trainees through each year of the programme. Senior staff are assigned to clinically
supervise trainees.

Trainees are assessed throughout the training programme and their advancement is subject
to satisfactory achievement of the learning objectives. Because a significant portion of
training in the theory of psychotherapy is delivered within The Advanced Theory Of
Psychotherapy modules it is a condition of appointment that trainees will attend and
satisfactorily complete the requirements of this series.

Assessment of Theoretical Knowledge
In general, theory is taught and assessed within the training Tutorials and The Advanced
Theory Of Psychotherapy modular series. A Trainee’s mentor, supervisor, charge nurse or
other training staff may indicate where a trainee might usefully extend their knowledge.

Assessment of Practical Knowledge and Skills
A Trainee’s mentor, supervisor, charge nurse or other staff involved in training will assess
or assist in assessing the application of a trainee’s practical knowledge and skill. In
general, the trainee’s mentor has responsibility for collating formal and informal
assessments and formatively using them to assist the development of the trainee.

Awards
Graduates of the Trainee programme will receive Certificates of Completion for the trainee
programme and The Advanced Theory Of Psychotherapy modular series.

These are local certificates which represent training courses which have good standing
within the psychotherapeutic community in New Zealand, resting on the excellent
reputation of the Ashburn Clinic. They are not, however, registered as qualifications on the
National Qualifications Framework.




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                              Page 4 of 18
Programme: Day Unit attachment (1 year)
Attachment:                    James Hume Day Unit.
Director:                      Charge Nurse for the unit.
Supervisor:                    a psychotherapist from Ashburn Clinic senior staff (whole
                               year)
Mentor:                        a senior staff member from Ashburn Clinic (whole year)
Attendances required:          • Daily unit meetings
                               • Clinical team meetings
                               • Morning/ afternoon staff meetings
                               • Weekly Community Forum
                               • Weekly Med/ Psych team meeting
                               • Weekly Group Supervision for psychiatric/
                                  psychotherapeutic staff
                               • Weekly personal supervision
                               • Weekly Group staff meeting
                               • Monthly Mentor interview
Theoretical Training:          • Seminars, tutorials and associated readings
                               • Further as indicated by Charge Nurse/ Mentor
Clinical Practice Training:    • Arranged by Charge Nurse, consulting Mentor
                               • Arranged as requested by Trainee under Supervision
                               • As a supported co- therapist in small group
                               • As a clinically supervised autonomous therapist
Opportunities:                 • Participation in art, music, family groups
                               • Invitation to join library committee
Clinical Practice case load:   • One or more individuals in psychotherapy
year 1                         • Group therapy
Clinical Practice case load:   • 3 - 5 individuals in psychotherapy
year 2                         • Group therapy
Clinical Practice case load:   • 5 - 8 individuals in psychotherapy
year 3                         • Group therapy




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                              Page 5 of 18
Programme: Inpatient Unit attachment (1 year)
Attachment                     An Inpatient Unit.
Director:                      Charge Nurse for the unit.
Supervisor:                    a (second) psychotherapist or a psychiatrist from Ashburn
                               Clinic senior staff (whole year)
Mentor:                        Senior staff member from Ashburn Clinic (whole year)
Attendances required:          • Daily unit meetings
                               • Clinical team meetings
                               • Morning/ afternoon staff meetings
                               • Weekly Community Forum
                               • Weekly Med/ Psych team meeting
                               • Weekly Group Supervision for psychiatric/
                                  psychotherapeutic staff
                               • Weekly personal supervision
                               • Weekly Group staff meeting
                               • Monthly Mentor interview
Theoretical Training:          • Seminars and associated readings
                               • Further as indicated by Charge Nurse/ Mentor
Clinical Practice Training:    • Arranged by Charge Nurse, consulting Mentor
                               • Arranged as requested by Trainee under Supervision
                               • As a supported co- therapist in small group
                               • As a clinically supervised autonomous therapist
                               • Tape recorded therapy sessions to be used in Supervision
Analytical Observation:        • Continuation and completion of 18 mo longitudinal
                                  Mother/ infant study
Opportunities:                 • Group facilitation with another psychotherapist
                               • Invitation to join library committee
Clinical Practice case load:   • One or more individuals in psychotherapy
year 1                         • Group therapy
Clinical Practice case load:   • 3 - 5 individuals in psychotherapy
year 2                         • Group therapy
Clinical Practice case load:   • 5 - 8 individuals in psychotherapy
year 3                         • Group therapy




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                              Page 6 of 18
Programme: Inpatient Unit attachment (1 year)
Attachment:                    An Inpatient Unit.
Director:                      Charge Nurse for the unit.
Supervisor:                    a (third) psychotherapist or a (second) psychiatrist from
                               Ashburn Clinic senior staff (whole year)
Mentor:                        Senior staff member from Ashburn Clinic (whole year)
Attendances required:          • Daily unit meetings
                               • Clinical team meetings
                               • Morning/ afternoon staff meetings
                               • Weekly Community Forum
                               • Weekly Med/ Psych team meeting
                               • Weekly Group Supervision for psychiatric/
                                   psychotherapeutic staff
                               • Weekly personal supervision
                               • Weekly Group staff meeting
                               • Monthly Mentor interview
Theoretical Training:          • Seminars and associated readings
                               • Further as indicated by Charge Nurse/ Mentor
Clinical Practice Training:    • Arranged by Charge Nurse, consulting Mentor
                               • Arranged as requested by Trainee under Supervision
                               • As a supported co- therapist in small group
                               • As a supported autonomous therapist
Clinical Observation:          • Small Group therapy
Opportunities:                 • Participation in art, music, family groups
                               • Invitation to join library committee
Clinical Practice case load:   • One or more individuals in psychotherapy
year 1                         • Group therapy
Clinical Practice case load:   • 3 - 5 individuals in psychotherapy
year 2                         • Group therapy
Clinical Practice case load:   • 5 - 8 individuals in psychotherapy
year 3                         • Group therapy




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                              Page 7 of 18
Training Year One: Objectives and Learning Outcomes
Objectives                  Learning Outcomes                         Performance Indicators
                                                                      (Standard: all required)
To engage in a study of     1. To demonstrate basic knowledge          Attends tutorials and fulfils
the theory of               of the theory of psychotherapy            assessment requirements
psychotherapy

                            2. To be able to apply theoretical        Mentor and staff indicate
                            knowledge to clients in clinical          trainee’s basic competence
                            situations
To attend and               To recognize the importance of            Attends meetings regularly
participate in reflective   meetings as an information
clinical meetings           exchange                                  Offers comment/ information/
                                                                      critiques in a manner accepted
                                                                      by the participants as
                                                                      appropriate
To behave in a              To understand and adhere to codes         Mentor/ supervisor ensure that
professional and            of ethical practice                       relevant codes of ethics have
ethical manner                                                        been read

                                                                      No complaint of a breach of
                                                                      ethics has been upheld or
                                                                      remains unresolved.
To be a reflective          To maintain a record of personal          First 6 mo diary is regularly
student/ practitioner       development and progress                  updated.

                                                                      First 6 mo diary is personally
                                                                      reflective.
To observe carefully        To carry out a clinical observation       Mentor and supervisor accept
and accurately              and record it                             records of observations as
                                                                      adequate and accurate.
To present a case           To present a verbal case study in a       Verbal presentation is delivered
study                       professional manner to a clinical         intelligibly and comprehensibly.
                            group
                                                                      Discussion of the verbal
                                                                      presentation indicates
                                                                      adequacy of trainee’s
                                                                      knowledge and understanding.
To develop                  To be able to engage in clinically        To have engaged with a patient
professional                supervised psychotherapy with one         on an individual basis.
independence                or more patients
                                                                      Clinical supervision sessions
                                                                      attended

                                                                      Taped sessions presented and
                                                                      discussed with clinical
                                                                      supervisor
Analytical Observation:     • Mother/ infant study (18 months)        Study commences under
                                                                      mentor’s supervision
Assessment points:
                            •   Mentor meetings (monthly)
                            •   Personal reflective diary (first 6 mo)
                            •   Unit Meeting notes/ write-up (June)
                            •   Tutorial series: three presentations
                            •   Case study - oral presentation: (approximately three months after
                                beginning to work individually with a patient, at the discretion of the
                                mentor)




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                              Page 8 of 18
Training Year Two: Objectives and Learning Outcomes
Objectives                  Learning Outcomes                    Performance Indicators
                                                                 (Standard: all required)
To continue to engage       To demonstrate increased             attends seminar series and
in a study of               knowledge of psychotherapeutic       tutorials and fulfils assessment
psychotherapeutic           theory                               requirements
theory
                                                                 staff discussions indicate trainee’s
                                                                 adequacy
To attend and               To recognize the importance of       Attends meetings regularly
participate in reflective   meetings and attempt to use them
clinical meetings           effectively                           Offers reasoned comment/
                                                                 information/ critiques in a manner
                                                                 accepted by the participants as
                                                                 professionally appropriate.
To behave in a              To understand and adhere to          No complaint of a breach of ethics
professional and            codes of ethical practice            has been upheld or remains
ethical manner                                                   unresolved.
To be a reflective          To maintain a record of personal     Supervisor affirms effectiveness
student/ practitioner       development and progress             of Supervision process
To observe carefully        To carry out an analytical           Written Mother/ infant obs study
and accurately              observation and record it            assessed as “pass”
To present a written        To present a written case study in   Written case presentation is
case study                  a professionally structured and      assessed as “pass”
                            comprehensive manner
To orally present a         To professionally present a verbal   Verbal presentation is delivered
case study                  case study to a clinical group       intelligibly and comprehensibly
                                                                 following a standard format.

                                                                 Discussion of the verbal
                                                                 presentation indicates adequate
                                                                 knowledge and understanding.
To develop                  To be able to engage with one or                   EITHER
professional                more clients in psychotherapy,       To have engaged in a long- term
independence                under supervision                    intensive therapeutic relationship
                                                                 with an individual client.
                                                                                 OR
                                                                 To have engaged several clients
                                                                 in long- term therapeutic
                                                                 relationships.
Analytical Observation:     • Mother/ infant study (18           Study concludes: write- up
                              months)                            assessed as “pass.”
Assessment points:
                            •   Mentor meetings (monthly)
                            •   Case study - written case presentation: (June)
                            •   Case study - oral presentation: (July/ August)
                            •   Advanced Theory of Psychotherapy modules: one essay each module
                            •   Mother/ infant observation write-up (December)




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                              Page 9 of 18
Training Year Three: Objectives and Learning Outcomes
Objectives               Learning Outcomes                    Performance Indicators
                                                              (Standard: all required)
To engage in an          Theoretical knowledge is             Attends seminar series and tutorials
extended study of the    formally demonstrated                and fulfils series assessment
theory of                                                     requirements
psychotherapy
                                                              Seminar series major essay is
                                                              assessed as “pass”
To attend and            To recognize the importance of       Attends meetings regularly
participate in           meetings and use them
reflective clinical      effectively                           Offers comment/ information/
meetings                                                      critiques in a manner accepted by
                                                              the participants as professionally
                                                              appropriate and accurate.
To behave in a           To understand and adhere to          No complaint of a breach of ethics
professional and         codes of ethical practice            has been upheld or remains
ethical manner                                                unresolved.
To observe carefully     To carry out a clinical              Groupwork Write-up assessed as a
and accurately           observation and record it            “pass”.
To present a written     To present a written case study      Written assignment is judged a
case study               in a professionally structured       “pass”
                         and comprehensive manner
To verbally present a    To present a verbal case study       Verbal presentation is delivered
case study               to a clinical critique group         intelligibly and comprehensibly
                                                              following a standard format.

                                                              Discussion of the verbal
                                                              presentation indicates knowledge
                                                              and understanding.
To develop               To competently engage in             To have engaged in a long- term
professional             psychotherapy with one or more       intensive therapeutic relationship
independence             clients                              with a client on an individual basis.

                                                              To have engaged several clients in
                                                              long- term therapeutic relationships

                                                              To have engaged in supervision
                                                              effectively
To develop safe          To conform to standards of           Adopt and maintain a professional
professional             professional ethics which ensure     ethical code, e.g. NZAP
autonomy                 client safety and confidentiality.
                                                              Conform to ethical workplace
                                                              practices

                                                              Supervisor attests to regular and
                                                              effective use of supervision
Assessment points:
                         •   Mentor meetings (monthly)
                         •   Verbal presentation: case study (March/ April )
                         •   Group Work Write-up (July)
                         •   Advanced Theory of Psychotherapy modules: one essay each module
                         •   Advanced Theory of Psychotherapy course: long essay proposal (Nov)
                         •   Advanced Theory of Psychotherapy course: long essay (December)




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                             Page 10 of 18
Training in the Theory of Psychotherapy
In year one of training, trainees engage in the Psychotherapy Tutorial series of seminars.
This introductory series of 20 seminars is offered to all staff as part of hospital- wide
training in basic psychotherapeutic ideas and principles and offers professional training
opportunities for several groups of staff.

Year one trainees audit the series; and present up to three tutorials in the programme as
part of their formal assessment for the year.

By way of example, the programme for 2010 is listed here:


                                     Tutorial title

                              1. Therapeutic communities
                              2. Group work
                              3. Mother-infant observation
                              4. The nature of psychotherapy
                              5. The therapeutic relationship
                              6. Ethics and psychotherapy
                              7. Unconscious processes
                              8. Transference
                              9. Countertransference
                              10. The frame
                              11. The assessment interview
                              12. Formulation
                              13. Supervision
                              14. Contracting, setting up
                              15. Working through
                              16. Termination
                              17. Interpretation
                              18. Resistance
                              19. Defences
                              20. Acting in/Acting out

In years two and three, trainees engage in The Advanced Theory Of Psychotherapy
modular series. This is a series of four modules offered to staff and public (on a fee-
paying basis). Each module has nine or ten 90-minute seminars delivered on Tuesday
evenings. Two modules are offered each year and attendance at four modules in years 2
and 3 of training is required of trainees in the programme. An essay assessment ends each
module; and a fifth, longer, essay assessment is required to achieve the Certificate of
Completion of the Advanced Theory Of Psychotherapy modular series, which is a
prerequisite for completion of the traineeship.

The topics in each module undergo review in November each year, but the probable topic
outline form is listed below:




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                             Page 11 of 18
Advanced Theory of Psychotherapy Modules
(2012, Year 2 of Psychotherapy Traineeship 2011-13)
(Indicative topics)

121 Stages of Human Development (2012)
      Pregnancy and birth                   Pregnancy and birth
      Infancy                               Infancy
      1-5 years:                            First separation & individuation
      5-10 years:                           Family, school, playgrounds
      Adolescence (1):                      Puberty and sexual maturation
      Adolescence (2):                      Second separation and individuation
      Adulthood:                            Love and work
      Generativity                          Achieving and not achieving
      The Third Age                         Ego integrity vs despair


122 Models of Psychotherapeutic Practice (2012)
      Child Psychotherapy                   Facilitating development
      Individuals                           Building a therapeutic relationship
      Groupwork (small)                     The therapeutic group
      Groupwork (large)                     Psychosocial constructs
      Systems Thinking                      Application of the theory to psychotherapy
      Couples                               Tasks and problems
      Families (1)                          Developmental tasks and problems
      Families (2)                          Strategies for intervention
      Therapeutic Communities (1)           History and development
      Therapeutic Communities (2)           The living / learning environment

(2013, Year 3 of Psychotherapy Traineeship 2011-13)
(Indicative topics)

131 Selected Theorists (2013)
      Freud (1)                             History and development of ideas
      Freud (2)                             Development of Freud's Thinking
      Jung                                  Jungian Analytical Psychology
      Anna Freud                            Major Developments and Contributions to Theory
      Klein (1)                             Theory
      Klein (2)                             Practice
      Winnicott                             "Good- enough Mothering"
      Fairbairn                             Object Relations
      Bowlby                                Attachment Theory
      Bion, Lacan, Kohut, Kernberg et al.   Major Later Developments in Theory



132    Abnormal Psychology (2013)
      Suicide                               Who, How and Why ?
      Trauma                                Trauma and its Impact
      Self-harm                             Psychological Functioning of Self-harm
      Disturbed eating                      Eating Disorders
      Forensics                             Constraints of the Law
      Addiction                             Pathology of Addiction
      Abnormal Sexuality                    Perverse Sexual Scenarios
      Personality Difficulties              History, Overview and Clinical presentations
      Psychosis/Neurosis                    Anxiety/ depressive disorders
                                            Psychotic Disorders
      Psycho- Pharmacology                  Drug Treatment in Psychiatry


                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                             Page 12 of 18
Psychotherapy Trainee: Job Description
Trainees are employees and therefore required to perform tasks as specified in an
appropriate job description. These are key abstracts from the current job description:


Statement Of Purpose
   Our work is dedicated to those who come to The Ashburn Clinic seeking to improve lives which
   have been diminished by impairment of the mind and spirit. Our aim is to provide the highest
   possible standard of care within our respective disciplines.



Person specification:

   •    Willingness to work within the Philosophy, Values and Mission of the Therapeutic
        Community
   •    Commitment to the principles of Treaty of Waitangi
   •    Able to set priorities and meet required time frames
   •    Organisational ability
   •    Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
   •    High standard of work ethics and confidentiality

Key tasks:

   1    Participate in promoting and implementing the Therapeutic Community philosophy and
        mission and values of The Ashburn Clinic.
   2    Demonstrate an understanding of Health and Safety responsibilities.
   3    Participate in the process of Continuous Quality Improvement.
   4    Adhere to The Ashburn Clinic’s Policies and Procedures.
   5    To attend clinical and unit meetings in the area of clinical attachment.
   6    To participate in unit activities and as appropriate co-facilitate small psychotherapy groups.
   7    To take on the Primary therapist responsibilities for inpatients and outpatients at a time
        when both trainee and their supervisors feels this is appropriate.
   8    To maintain accurate written records of clinical work.
   9    To effectively communicate with referrers and where appropriate with other professionals
        and agencies who are involved with patients and their families.
   10   To show competency in management of an increasing clinical caseload.
   11   To maintain a satisfactory theoretical learning curve.
   12   To carry out a Mother\Infant Observation study.
   13   To achieve written and verbal evaluation targets.
   14   To maintain adequate supervision.
   15   To carry out other tasks as requested from time to time by their clinical supervisor,
        Convenor of the Education Committee or by the Medical Director.


This summary is abstracted from the current JD but is not to be construed as a complete
description of the scope of a trainee’s tasks. These are defined at the time of appointment
and will form an employment contract between the Trainee and the Ashburn Clinic.




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                             Page 13 of 18
Conduct and Disciplinary Policies and Procedures.
General Conduct policy
Trainee Psychotherapists, by accepting their place in the programme and becoming
employees of the Ashburn Clinic, agree to subject themselves to Ashburn Clinic’s codes of
conduct and ethics.

In brief, these codes require all employees to:
    • Consider the health and well-being of the patient to be their first priority
    • Strive to continuously improve their skills and knowledge for the benefit of the
        patients
    • Recognise their own personal limitations
    • Recognise the complementary skills of others
    • Protect the confidentiality of all patient information even after the death of a patient
    • Carry out their work to the best of their ability, with compassion and respect for
        human dignity
    • Ensure that their personal conduct at work is above reproach
    • Take no physical, emotional, financial or sexual advantage of any patient
    • Abide by the specific codes of ethics of professional associations relevant to the
        tasks undertaken during their work

In general, professional ethical standards for psychotherapy trainees conform to those
adopted by the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists: and will no doubt also
conform to the standards adopted by The Psychotherapists Board Of Aotearoa New
Zealand.

General Disciplinary policy
Trainee Psychotherapists, by accepting their place in the programme and becoming
employees of the Ashburn Clinic, agree to subject themselves to Ashburn Clinic’s
disciplinary procedures.

Breaches of current workplace standards or ethics may result in disciplinary procedures
being invoked in order to protect the reputation of the Ashburn Clinic, to maintain the
goodwill of the staff of the clinic and most importantly to protect the patients on site.

The sanctions available range from informal advice and guidance to dismissal from the
training programme and therefore from employment at the Clinic.

Should disciplinary procedures be implemented, trainees will always be given full
opportunity to explain their actions before further action is taken. Procedures conform to
and cannot overrule current legislation and are underpinned by principles of fairness and
natural justice.

Any Trainee who is subject to disciplinary procedure may elect at any time to have a
representative present during any disciplinary procedure.




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                             Page 14 of 18
Serious Misconduct:
Serious misconduct may lead to immediate dismissal. Serious misconduct occurs, for
example, if you, as an employee:
    • Consume or have in your possession unlawful drugs or alcohol on hospital premises
       without authority.
    • Have in your possession without authority, or wilfully damage, property belonging to
       the hospital or patients.
    • Indulge in unnecessary behaviour which injures patients or (staff) or seminar
       participants, or damages hospital property
    • Are involved in violence or use abusive or obscene language or gestures towards other
       persons on hospital premises.
    • Disclose confidential information without authority.
    • Sexually harass patients or hospital staff and/or Seminar Series Participants or exploit
       patients. Sexual relations with patients will always be regarded as exploitation.

The definitions of misconduct listed here are examples and the list is not exhaustive.


Minor misconduct:
For less serious misconduct, a three- step procedure is used.
   • A first breach of conduct standards will result in a formal warning, which is verbal
        but noted.
   • A second warning is a written warning.
   • A third breach of conduct standards may result in dismissal.


Appeals against Disciplinary procedures.
If a disciplinary matter regarding conduct remains unresolved or in dispute, a trainee can
directly appeal to the Education Committee, The Medical Director, the Board of Trustees
of the Ashburn Hall Charitable Trust, or contact an outside body such as the Office of the
Ombudsman, Disputes Tribunal, or invoke Personal Grievance proceedings in the
Employment Court.

If a disciplinary matter regarding ethical conduct remains in unresolved or in dispute, a
trainee can directly appeal to the Education Committee, The Medical Director, the Board
of Trustees of the Ashburn Hall Charitable Trust; or contact an outside professional body
such as the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists or The Psychotherapists Board
Of Aotearoa New Zealand for advice.




                 Trainee Psychotherapist Programme at The Ashburn Clinic
Information Booklet 2011-13                                             Page 15 of 18
Complaints Procedures
The Ashburn Clinic has an internal complaints procedure and those procedures apply to
psychotherapy trainees.

In general, minor workplace complaints should be made to appropriate senior staff who
will try to deal with the matter immediately. Trainees may ask their Mentor to help resolve
the complaint. If these responses are unsatisfactory, or if the matter is of a major nature,
trainees may write to the Medical Director. Staff always have a right of access to the
Medical Director to discuss unresolved complaints.

Complaints must be investigated by the Medical Director and an acknowledgement
provided to the complainant in writing within three working days. The Medical Director
will try to resolve the complaint within 10 working days.

If the matter remains unresolved or in dispute, trainees can directly contact the Education
Committee, the Board of Trustees of the Ashburn Hall Charitable Trust, or a relevant
outside body such as as the Office of the Ombudsman, Disputes Tribunal, Labour
Department or the courts.




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Making your application

If you would now like to make an application to join the Trainee Psychotherapist
Programme, you will need to download the application form for psychotherapy training
2011-13 from the Ashburn Clinic website. Go to the Education Services section or
directly to the Downloads page.

If you have trouble downloading it, or prefer to deal with paper copies, please contact the
Administrator of the Education Committee, or the Education Coordinator, and ask for the
application document to be sent to you.

                    You are asked to discuss your application with
                   the Education Coordinator prior to submitting it.

You are required to send the following things with your application form:

1. Autobiographical letter (not exceeding 2,000 words)
Outline your reasons for wishing to become a psychotherapist. You are invited to go
  beyond the formal information of a CV and help place your ambition to train as a
  psychotherapist in the context of your life experiences.
                    Please regard this letter as central to your application.

2. Curriculum Vitae
Present your working record and current information in any standard format.

3. References
You must nominate three referees and include their written references with your
   application. If this is not possible, please tell us why and provide a means to access
   alternative forms of reference.

4. Evidence of ability to study at tertiary level
We need to be sure that trainees will cope with their studies. In general, citation of
  qualifications gained at tertiary level is sufficient: otherwise, copies ONLY of records
  of learning or other assertions of ability to study at this level should be included. Note
  that for the purposes of this training programme, no credit is recognised or given for
  prior learning or qualifications.

...and optionally...

5. Other support documents
You may include any other documents or information which you believe will assist or
   support your application. It is not a requirement that you do this and you should
   exercise this option only if you believe you will benefit directly.



               Applications must arrive at the Clinic office no later
                        than 5.00 pm on the closing date
                         noted on the application form.



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                                Contact Information
                                   Peter Buckingham
                                  Education Coordinator
                                    Ph 476 6060 (dd)
                                  (Mon-Tues, Wed a.m.)
                                 Email peterb@ashburn.co.nz

                                       Sue Partel
                            Administrator, Education Committee
                                  Ph: 03 476 6051 (dd)
                                Email susan@ashburn.co.nz




                                   The Ashburn Clinic
                 Post to:
                                        Private Bag 1916
                                            Dunedin
                                          New Zealand
                 Courier to:
                                        496 Taieri Road
                                         Halfway Bush
                                         Dunedin 9054
                                         New Zealand
                 Telephone Reception:
                                         Ph: 03 476 2092
                                        Fax: 03 476 4255



                                         Website link
                The Ashburn Clinic website address is www.ashburn.co.nz
 The Downloads and Education Services sections of the website contain handbooks and
application forms relating to the trainee programme and to the associated Theory modules.

Note that while email hyperlinks and main website address, above, have been enabled, no
 other hyperlinks in this document are active. Please navigate the website directly and
                                    follow the links.



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