The Occupational Therapy Department at IMH, in collaboration with the local Occupational Therapy four-year degree programme at Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), provides clinical practice education (CPE) for students from Year 2 to Year 4 of their studies.
During the CPE, SIT students are introduced to the various psychiatric rehabilitative services offered by the Occupational Therapy Department and taught essential skills, such as group planning and facilitation, assessment and training related to activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).
Through regular supervision sessions, students receive feedback on their progress in relation to their coursework requirements. They are also guided on how to improve their clinical reasoning and practical skills.
The Occupational Therapy Department offers observational attachments for local occupational therapists who wish to be exposed to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. The objectives are:
Art Psychotherapy is a new area of recovery and rehabilitative work that the Occupational Therapy Department currently offers for patients with psychiatric conditions.
A small group of art psychotherapists (with a depth of clinical experience) run both individual and group sessions on either an inpatient or outpatient basis.
Through observation attachments in this sector, it is hoped that more will be introduced to the concept and techniques of using art to bring out the inner psychological world of people as part of the therapeutic interventions offered.
The participant will develop advanced skills and understanding in:
Job shadowing, clinical supervision, client presentation and discussion, observation, practical demonstrations, working clinically with patients, as allocated by your supervisor. Weekly monitoring of cases and detailed analysis of client contact.
For art therapy students:
For qualified art therapists:
Minimum: 8 weeks
Maximum: 4 months
Clinical supervision will be weekly for up to 2 hours.
Qualified Art Therapist
IMH’s Polytechnic Student’s Attachment Programme is an organised, directed training programme that centres on developing the competencies necessary to provide pharmaceutical care to patients. It is structured to equip prospective pharmacy technicians to deliver safe, efficient and economical use of medications with the aim of optimising patient care.
Students are expected to continue acquiring new knowledge on pharmacy, communication, counselling and organisation through independent learning and on-the-job training. On completion of each sectional attachment, the student is required to write a report on his training. This is to facilitate the upgrading of training standards and to encourage the input of new ideas.
The Department of Psychology provides clinical placements to NUS Interns enrolled in the NUS Clinical Psychology program.
IMH is the only psychiatric institution in Singapore which offers comprehensive services catering to the needs of children & adolescents, adults and older persons. Given the complexity of our patients, we work closely in a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) comprising of various mental health professionals, in order to meet the holistic needs of our patients as well as their caregivers, employers and community-based agencies. Through their IMH clinical supervisors, interns will be provided with opportunities to work with our IMH MDT. In addition, we practice patient-centred care using evidence-based and practice-based treatment. In terms of the types of psychological therapies we practice, it would include ACT, CBT, DBT, EFT, IPT and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
During their placements, Interns will be exposed to a range of mental disorders including
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