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Queen's University
 

Psychology Clinic Update

In this issue:

Page 1

  • A Message from Graduate Coordinator

People Updates

  • Welcome new students!

  • Congratulations recent MSc and PhD graduates

  • Welcome

    Dr. Linda Booij

  • Where are they now?

  • Alumni profile: Dr. Allan G. Hedberg

Graduate Studies:

  • Focus on the Developmental program

Psychology Clinic:

A Final Word on...

  • The Association of Graduate Students in Psychology  

  • Annual Holiday Curling Bonspiel

Kevin Parker

Psychology Clinic expanding services

By Kevin Parker, Psychology Clinic

THE CLINIC IS IN A HEALTHY STATE, AND WE ARE BUSY. NEW CLINICAL

students do their first or second practicum placement here at the Clinic where they work primarily on assessment cases. We do contract work for a number of local agencies – Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Pathways for Children and Youth, and Hotel Dieu Hospital as well as several local school boards - providing psychological services to supplement the services they already offer. Among those services are assessment, treatment and quality assurance and clinical research services. Services are always provided primarily by a grad student supervised by the Director or another psychologist.

 

Several academic faculty have joined the Clinic Director in providing clinical services: Caroline Pukall is running a small clinic offering treatment for sexual issues, Chris Bowie is running a clinic dealing with first episode psychosis issues, and Judith Davidson, Kate Harkness and Patricia Minnes have been consulting on a case-wise basis for specific problems that tap into their clinical expertise. Susan Myers is a long time adjunct who has been running a small child and adolescent therapy clinic. This pattern of collaboration with the Clinic has broadened the experiences available within the Clinic well beyond what could be provided by a Clinic Director operating alone.

 

Over the last four years, we have been developing a working relationship with the community of Moose Factory. Like many northern communities, Moose Factory has many capable people struggling to address a number of issues related to isolation and the history of the community. Through the good offices (and financial support) of the Moose Factory school boards, we have twice been able to send a team of grad students, child psychiatry residents, a couple of psychologists and a child psychiatrist to do mental health and cognitive screening over the course of a week in early May. The intent is to provide assessment support to facilitate the able work of staff who live and work in Moose Factory – and quite typically grew up in the community. We have been able to identify children who have special needs, make recommendations for those children and for the larger group of children and generally been well received by people in the community who work with the children. This has also given us local norms for several tests that can be used by other clinicians in the community. This is a golden training opportunity for the grad students and residents.

 

Recently we have gained the use of the building next door to the current clinic on Barrie Street, and are gradually making the changes necessary to use it as an effective clinical space. The space will make it easier to do the work we have done in the past and open the doors to some new initiatives. Our hope is to develop a number of small clinics that combine staff from different agencies and professions to meet special needs. One of our first initiatives may be a springtime clinic that does assessments for adults seeking to qualify for Developmental Services Ontario support. This would provide the grad students just finishing their WAIS training with a real clinical opportunity that meets a community need.

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