Andrew Brankley

Doctoral Student of Clinical Psychology

Clinical Experience and Training

Theoretical Orientation

While my theoretical orientation lies with cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), it would be incomplete to leave matters there. I conceptualize human behaviour as resulting from the interaction between learned patterns and interpretations and beliefs. I value the flexible nature of CBT and the collaborative and educative stance taken with clients. However, my identification with the CBT model is strongly due to the depth of supporting empirical evidence. I have a duty to my clients to provide them with the best services of which I am aware. I would much rather provide my client with a non-Cognitive or behavioural based service that is supported by research, than blindly provide CBT out of habit. It is not “what works” that matters as much as “what works for whom”.

Experiences

Senior Psychology Student (2016-Present)
Department of Family and Community Medicine
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Description: The Department of Family and Community Medicine is an interdisciplinary primary health team serving the urban community of Toronto in an outpatient clinic. Training included clinical supervision of psychology students, psychoeducational assessments of adolescents, and the delivery of individual and group cognitive-behavioral therapies. Common presenting issues were anxiety, depression, trauma, and eating disorders. Clients included adults, adolescents, and children.

Director, Founder, and Psychology Student (2015-Present)
Youth Psychology Service
Toronto, ON, Canada
Description: I founded the Youth Psychology Service (YPS) in 2015 to be a student-run initiative for providing community-based treatment for at-risk youth. I provided individual therapy, clinical supervision of other students, staff training, psychoeducational groups, and program outreach and development. Services were delivered out of St. Stephen’s Community House, a not-for-profit agency situated in a large government funded housing community in Toronto. Clients included adolescents and young adults (i.e., ages 13 through 25).

Practicum Student (2015 – 2016)
Forensic Service, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Hamilton, ON, Canada
Description: The Forensic Service at SJHH is a multidisciplinary team of professionals that offer general and secure inpatient services as well as outpatient services. Assessment training includes diagnostic interviewing for both Axis I and Axis II disorders, Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility, and risk for reoffending and violence. Weekly individual supervision offered to discuss individual assessments and treatment, as well as provision and discussion of literature relevant to assessment and treatment of individuals within the Forensic system and mental health rehabilitation

Practicum Student (2014-2015)
Keele Community Correctional Centre, Correctional Service Canada
Toronto, ON, Canada
Description: Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is responsible for the supervision and rehabilitation of individuals who receive a criminal sentence of two years, plus a day. My training included assessment and treatment for newly paroled individuals. Offences typical of the clients I saw included homicide, violent and sexual assault, burglary, robbery, drug possession, drug trafficking, and fraud. Common presenting issues were antisocial personality, violence, sexual paraphilias, substance use problems, trauma, emotion dysregulation, and gambling problems. Clients were adult males.

Student Clinical Supervisor (2014-2015)
Department of Family and Community Medicine
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Description: Under the supervision of Dr. Antony, I received training in the clinical supervision of graduate students in using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 disorders for their assessment class. I met with the students to prepare them for their assessment, observed their assessment, and provided feedback on the resulting report. Clients were adults from the community, seen at the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Volunteer Assessor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor (2013 – Present)
Investigating Methods to Prevent, Assess, and Care for Trauma Lab
Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
Description: The focus of the Investigating Methods to Prevent, Assess, and Care for Trauma Lab is the assessment and treatment of individuals suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My training included delivery of the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale and Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview, as well as providing reliability ratings for other assessors for various clinical trials. I also received training in a trauma-focused cognitive-behavioural treatment for (PTSD) and substance use disorder and in supervising other students in learning this treatment. Participants were adults from the community.

Practicum Student (2013-2014)
Department of Family and Community Medicine
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Description: The Department of Family and Community Medicine is an interdisciplinary primary health team serving the urban community of Toronto in an outpatient clinic. Training included diagnostic interviewing using the Conducted Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV disorders assessments and the delivery of individual cognitive-behavioral therapies. Common presenting issues were anxiety, depression, trauma, and eating disorders. Clients included adults, adolescents, and children.