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Elective Name PSYCH 02
Department Psychological medicine
1. Type of work Clinical
2. Place of work Hospital based
3. Structure of the appointment Structured
4. Timing Any time of the year
5. Minimum and maximum duration Minimum: 1 week
Maximum: 4 weeks
NB: Can be negotiated beyond the given limits.
6. Eligibility criteria for the elective students • Medical undergraduates with at least 16 weeks of clinical exposure in any speciality
• Undergraduates in clinical psychology with at least 4 weeks of clinical exposure
• Undergraduates in occupational therapy and social work (to be negotiated on a case by case basis)
7. Subject area/s of elective offered • Behaviour therapy
• Cognitive behaviour therapy
• Dynamic therapy
• Grief counselling
• Supportive therapy
• Strategic therapy
• Sex therapy
• Basic communication skills
• Breaking bad news in clinical settings
• Therapies for medically unexplained symptoms
• Motivational interviewing
8. Learning outcomes • Improved communications skills
• Basic theoretical knowledge of various psychotherapies
• Skill of breaking bad news
9. Main activities during the appointment • Once-a-week psychotherapy group
• Role plays with simulated patients
• Observation of selected instances of actual therapy
• Journal club on a related journal article