March Edition March 2010
Edition 2 - Happy Birthday Clinic!
• Why is it that no matter what colour bubble
A note from clinic director Roger Cook:
bath you use the bubbles are always white?
‘This year the Psychology Clinic turns 21. It has
• Why do people constantly return to the
had a number of incarnations: the Centre for
refrigerator with hopes that something new to
Psychological Services; the Psychology Centre
eat will have materialized?
and now the Psychology Clinic. We have been
fortunate to have had two very generous people
• Why do people keep running over a string a
as our Patrons over our 21 years: Mrs Jean
dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then
McCaughey and now, Prof Allan Fels of the
reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it
Australian and New Zealand Centre for
down to give the vacuum one more chance?
Government. Later in the year we will be
opening in our new purpose built Clinic at 34
• Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the
Wakefield Street and an appropriate event will
end you first try?
be held to conclude our celebrations.’
• How do those dead bugs get into those
Interesting Questions? enclosed light fixtures?
• Why do we put suits in garment bags and
garments in a suitcase? • Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch
something that's falling off the table you always
• Why is it that bullets ricochet off of Superman's manage to knock something else over?
chest, but he ducks when the empty gun is
thrown at him? • In winter why do we try to keep the house as
warm as it was in summer when we complained
• When your pet bird sees you reading the about the heat?
newspaper, does he wonder why you're just
sitting there, staring at carpeting? • Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on
• Why do tourists go to the tops of tall buildings
and then put money into telescopes so they can
see things on the ground close-up? Support for the Clinic
Many of you emailed and rang the clinic offering
• After eating, do amphibians have to wait one to display our flyers and posters at your
hour before getting out of the water? organisation. To those people, thankyou – your
support of the clinic is invaluable. We still have
• Why do we press harder on a remote control plenty of packs available so if your organisation
when we know the batteries are getting weak? would like some sent, please contact me on
firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9214 5528.
• Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient Happy reading! – Lauren Rossi
funds" when they know there is not enough?
• Why does someone believe you when you say Group Therapy Update
there are four billion stars, but check when you
We are currently conducting assessment
say the paint is wet? interviews for the following groups that are
expected to start between now and the end of
• Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?
• Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
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Social Anxiety Group Stress_Less@Swin Update
Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring The Psychology Clinic’s Stress_Less@Swin
Group program has taken off in leaps and bounds
since the last newsletter. Two new schools have
The Clinic’s assessment waitlist is still open for signed up and we look forwards to presenting
all groups including: this popular program to their VCE students.
Bipolar Group For more information or to register your school
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Group in the 2010 Stress_Less@Swin program, please
Body Dysmorphic Disorder Group contact Lauren Rossi on 9214 8653 or
STOP therapy for Obsessive email@example.com
The Mindful Moderate Eating group has begun Eating Disorders Well Being Group
with great success. in Frankston
Williams Road Family Therapy Centre and
If you, or some one you know would like to Eating Disorders Victoria will be running a small
participate in a Psychology Clinic Group support group in Frankston during 2010 for
Therapy Program please contact Lauren Rossi women and men who are currently, or have
on 9214 5528 or firstname.lastname@example.org been, treated for an eating disorder. The group
aims to improve the quality of life for those who
New Group Therapy Beginning attend by providing the opportunity to relax,
reflect and recharge in a safe environment and
to support each other to deal with day-to-day life
Our group therapy programs have been
successful thus far and from feedback received
we are confident that the services we provide
From late March we will be meeting with
have proved invaluable to those who participate.
participants to discuss the group with them.
The Psychology Clinic is now looking to expand
From Wednesday 14th April, the group will
our group therapy offerings with the addition of a
initially meet weekly for a month, then fortnightly
new group to add to our suite. We are
from 7.00-8.30pm at the Frankston Library until
particularly interested in expanding our offerings
its conclusion in November.
Suitable participants include men or women who
The new group in mind is ‘Anger Management
are, or have been, treated by healthcare
for Men’. This group is for men who experience
professional/s for an eating disorder. This group
hostile emotions, and who struggle to contain
is not appropriate for those who are in the early
inappropriate anger in their day to day lives.
stages and unsure of their diagnosis, and this
group is not a substitute for treatment.
The program is designed to assist men who
experience all types of frustrations and anger by
Interested persons can contact Margie or
providing greater insight and supportive
Sabina through Williams Road Family Therapy
strategies to help them manage emotions with
Centre with any questions and to arrange an
confidence and improve personal relationships.
individual meeting before the group begins.
Contact Sabina Read & Margie Fry - 9530 2311.
This group is likely to begin mid year, pending
approval and response rate. If you, or someone
you know, would benefit from participating in
such a program, please contact the clinic. An Workshops and PsychKIT
information session will be held at the Our Workshop and Professional Development
Psychology Clinic during Men’s Health Week and Psychological Assessment Training for
(June 14th – 20th) where those interested will be Provisional Psychologists (Psych-KIT) timetable
able to hear more about the group and have any for 2010 is being updated monthly. Please see
questions answered. Please contact Lauren the email attachment for our information flyer
Rossi on 9214 5528 or and registration details. Here is what is coming
email@example.com for more up:
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PsychKIT - Wechsler Intelligence Scale for A woman who was depressed went on a
Children (WISC- IV) vacation and sent a postcard to her
This workshop provides an introduction to the
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - "Having a great time -- Why?"
Version 4 (WISC-IV). All workshops include
classroom learning and one month of test hire to If there is a seasonal or psychology-related joke
allow participants to consolidate their skills after or motto that has made you smile, please share
attendance. it with us by submitting it to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries of less
Date: Saturday 27th March, 2010 than 200 words will be considered for
Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm publication in upcoming editions of this
Cost: $395 (test hire, materials, lunch and newsletter.
Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Clinic Information
Bookings Required – Please send an email to To find out more information about the
email@example.com to register your Psychology Clinic, please visit our website. To
interest, or call 9214 5528. Only 2 places left! – make an appointment or enquire about our
Get in quick! services, please call reception during open
Website Update: A few people have contacted
me in regard to the Clinic website having old
27th March 2010
information on it. The new Clinic website is
Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of March
currently under construction and will be revealed
each year. It asks households and businesses
hopefully in the first few weeks of April. Stay
to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical
tuned for more information!
appliances. Earth Hour not only helps to raise
awareness of climate change but also gives
Contact the Clinic
people a voice about the future of the planet,
Telephone: (03) 9214 8653
and the chance to send a message.
Fax: (03) 9819 6857
Since 2007, Earth Hour has gained worldwide
support for positive action against global
warming. By March 2009, hundreds of millions
of people in over 4,000 cities in 88 countries
Please note the Clinic will be closed for the
officially switched off to vote for Earth. Visit
Easter break from Good Friday (2nd April) and
will reopen on Wednesday 7th April.
more information and see how you can help.
About the Newsletter
National Youth Week
This newsletter is an initiative of the Psychology
10 April to 18 April 2010
Clinic to provide you with the up-to-date
NYW is the largest celebration of young people
information you need and information about the
in Australia. Thousands of young people aged
activities and services we provide. Currently,
12-25 all across Australia get involved in NYW
over 900 community members, students and
each year. Visit the website for more details.
health professionals subscribe to this
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Opportunities to participate in research
Alcohol Abuse and Depressed Mood
Depression and alcohol misuse are a tremendous problem in Australia; burgeoning social and financial costs are
only compounded when the two disorders occur together. Evidence-based treatments for alcohol and depression do
exist but access to these proven programs can be limited especially in remote, rural or poverty stricken areas.
Researchers at Swinburne University and Queensland University of Technology have combined forces to develop
an evidence-based program to address issues around depression and alcohol misuse via the internet. By offering an
effective treatment program online we hope to address issues around access while at the same time, help overcome
some of the stigma associated with seeking face-to-face treatment for these conditions.
The purpose of the current study is to compare 3 different treatments that aim to give people the tools to overcome
their depression and reduce their alcohol use. All groups will receive contact with a psychologist and access to
strategies that will help them address their concerns around their depressed mood and alcohol consumption.
We are looking for people who are over 18 years old and currently drink more than 14 standard drinks per week who
have regular and reliable access to the internet and are ready to make a change.
To participate, please visit the following website and register your details:
Are you interested in relationships, emotions and your self concept? Would any of your clients benefit from
filling in a questionnaire that considers these issues?
We are conducting a study to explore how people’s view of themselves and the way they generally feel in
relationships affects their ability to manage their emotions, and the strategies they use to deal with stressful
situations. It is believed that a greater understanding of how these factors interact could assist in developing
strategies to minimise the distress caused when people experience stressful events.
In order to understand the way people define themselves and what processes are involved in their emotion
regulation, we are seeking participants aged over 17 who are willing to complete a confidential questionnaire. This
can be carried out in your own time and your own environment. All your responses will be anonymous (please do not
place your name on the questionnaire). It is expected that the questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes to
The questionnaire includes a series of questions about:
- General information, such as your age and gender
- The way you feel in intimate relationships
- Your current emotional state
- Your views about yourself
- The strategies you use to manage your emotions
- The way you define the different aspects of yourself
- The way you respond to stressful situations
If you are interested in being a part of this study, please go to the web link below and follow the prompts.
Your interest and participation are greatly appreciated.
Note: all those who participate in this study are eligible to enter a draw to win an iPod - details provided in the online
survey. If you have any questions or comments about the study, please forward them on to:
Dr. Roslyn Galligan (Senior Investigator) – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Suzette Goldwasser (Associate investigator) e-mail: email@example.com
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The effects of positive mastery recollections in older adults.
We are seeking participants for a new study. Participants can join if they are at least 60 years old, speak English and
have negative feelings about the future.
This project aims to explore whether reminiscing about the past can be helpful in reducing hopelessness in adults
who are 60 years or older. Participants will be randomly assigned (by a flip of a coin) to one of two possible
conditions: (1) Reminiscence or (2) Control. If you are assigned to the reminiscence condition, you will be invited to
reflect about past experiences where you were able to successfully solve problems. If you are assigned to the
control condition, you will not be invited to do this.
Participation is completely voluntary and participants can exit the study at any time. Participants are reimbursed up
to $50 for their time.
If you would like more information or are interested in participating please contact Dr Sunil Bhar on (03) 9214 8371
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ms Ligia Yap on (03) 9214 5355 or email email@example.com.
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