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Clinical services

Clinical services available to the public, are located on the Curtin Bentley campus.

If you require further information about these services, please contact the Clinic Administrator on (08) 9266-1717

Programs provided through the clinics include:

Aussie Optimism Program

The Aussie Optimism program is also offered to children on an individual and group basis at the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology Clinic at Curtin University.

Aussie Optimism groups run after-school in first and second terms, contingent on participant numbers. Cost is $20 per session. Please call the clinic on 9266 3436 for further details.

Mood Management Program

The Mood Management Program is an 8 week group program for the treatment of anxiety and depression in adults. The group is based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and includes such things as learning relaxation skills, how to challenge unhelpful thinking and other strategies. The Mood Management Program is conducted on an intermittent basis.

 

OCD Treatment Program

Overview of the Program

Curtin Psychology Clinic has a specialist Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) treatment program. The latest evidence-based treatments for OCD are available to clients. The program is constantly carrying out research projects to improve understanding and treatment for the disorder.

Treatment available

All new clients are firstly assessed thoroughly so that the nature and extent of their difficulties can be determined. After this process is complete, the therapist then suggests the most appropriate treatment plan to the client. Sometimes clients are offered group therapy and sometimes individual. Either way, if a person is still experiencing difficulties at the end of treatment they are offered further sessions.

Group therapy consists of 6-8 individuals with OCD being treated together by two therapists. The treatment runs over ten weeks, for two hours each week.

Individual therapy is conducted one-on-one with the therapist. This treatment runs over ten weeks, for one hour each week.

Currently, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is regarded as the treatment of choice for OCD. In other words, based on a large amount of evidence from research studies of numerous individuals with OCD, CBT has proved to be the most effective treatment. Even for individuals with very severe OCD, this treatment very often results in significant improvement.

How can I make an appointment?

You can either get a written referral from your GP or other health professional or telephone the Clinic Receptionist on (08) 9266 3436 to make an appointment (referrals to the program are not necessary).

What to expect once your referral is made

Your first session at the Curtin Clinic will usually consist of a two hour assessment session. During this time a trained therapist will ask you a range of questions to ensure that the OCD Treatment Program is the best treatment for the difficulties you are experiencing.

This treatment program is specifically targeted at OCD, and therefore requires that OCD be the main problem you are concerned about.

If the OCD program is the best treatment for your difficulties you will be offered a starting date for the 10-week program.

If the OCD program is not the best treatment for you, we will arrange a referral to a more appropriate service or program.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is marked by unwanted and distressing thoughts, mental images or urges (obsessions), and physical or mental acts, or rituals, which the individual undertakes to relieve their anxiety (compulsions).

Common obsessions include thoughts about: contamination; harm coming to oneself or others; the need for symmetry/exactness; the need to keep or save things; and upsetting sexual, violent/aggressive, or religious thoughts or images.

Common compulsions include: cleaning; handwashing; ordering/arranging; hoarding; counting; checking; touching; repeating; and confessing.

While some of these behaviours are common, such as washing ones hands, it is when the behaviour becomes excessive and interruptive to your daily activities that help may be needed. Fortunately, good treatments are available to help with this problem.

Child OCD Treatment

Overview

The School of Psychology and Speech Pathology is conducting research to evaluate treatments for children and adolescents (aged 7 to 17 years) with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We are recruiting families to participate in the research.

What does participation involve?

Eligible families will be invited to attend Curtin Bentley campus for a separate parent and child interview, and to fill in some questionnaires prior to commencement of therapy. Children will then be randomly placed into one of the following therapies:

1. Group cognitive-behavioural therapy; or
2. Group anxiety management training

Each therapy program runs for 12 weeks and involves weekly 1.5 hour therapy sessions. At week 12 parents will be interviewed again and children and parents will fill in the same questionnaires that they filled out before therapy. The questionnaires will be readministered at the one-month follow-up. The purpose of the interview and questionnaires is to determine the effectiveness of the therapies.

Program Staff

The program is coordinated by Hunna Watson and Dr. Clare Rees. Hunna is completing a PhD in the area of child and adolescent OCD, and has presented research at local and national psychology conferences. Clare is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology and is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with several years experience treating OCD. She has published a treatment program for individuals with OCD. Clinical Psychology Trainees also work in the clinic. All trainees are completing their Clinical Psychology Masters degrees and already have four-year degrees in psychology. They are all closely supervised by Dr Clare Rees.Â

Further Information

For information about the program please contact Hunna Watson on (+618) 9266 3523 or Email:h.watson@curtin.edu.au

 

Mindfulness Group Program

The MINDFULNESS GROUP PROGRAM is an 8 week program that aims to teach skills in mindfulness. The group involves practice in session of mindfulness skills and emphasises the importance of homework and daily practice of mindfulness skills. It involves becoming more aware of bodily sensations, feelings and thoughts and developing a mindful acceptance and acknowledgement of unwanted thoughts and feelings. The goal is for participants to learn more skillful responses to unpleasant states. It also includes becoming aware of warning signs for low mood and developing an action plan. Mindfulness groups are conducted regularly throughout the year.