Elly Quinlan

Elly Quinlan
Australian College of Applied Psychology | ACAP · School of Psychological Science

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Senior lecturer and course coordinator for the Master of Professional Psychology at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Research interests include tolerance of uncertainty, professional psychology training, mentoring, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, interpersonal problems, experiential avoidance, role-play and gaming, recovery based approaches, and mental health carers.

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Objective: Postgraduate training programs are required to maintain a formal record of trainees’ placement experiences in the form of placement logbooks. There is a need to explore the perceived functions, benefits and shortcomings of placement logbooks, as well as how practicum information can be further utilised to support trainee development. Me...
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Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) has devastating psychological and emotional consequences for survivors. Many clients who attend therapy have experienced CSA, however spontaneous disclosure of CSA during therapy is rare and psychologists often fail to inquire. This study seeks to explore experiences of inquiry from psychologists with specific knowledge...
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Homelessness has been associated with high levels of alcohol and other drug use, which has in turn been linked to social anxiety. The aim of the present study was to investigate homeless individuals’ experiences of social anxiety and substance use, their treatment history, and their therapeutic needs. Two focus groups were facilitated with fourteen...
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Psychological diagnosis, rooted in the medical model, continues to dominate the field of mental health conceptualisation and treatment planning, and attracts stigma from individuals and mental health professionals. The Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF) offers an alternative to mental diagnosis by providing a different way to formulate patterns...
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The theoretical orientation/s adopted by psychologists is the informing framework for understanding from which their practice is grounded. How early-career psychologists come to adopt the theoretical orientation/s they utilise in their applied therapeutic practice is unclear. This qualitative study explored the key influences on Australian early-ca...
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The role of a practicing psychologist often involves uncertainty and ambiguity, and individuals differ in their ability to manage or “tolerate” this uncertainty. This study investigated the relationship between tolerance of uncertainty, pluralism and confidence in case formulation in a sample of Australian psychologists. The sample consisted of 190...
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-Article currently in proofing stage- please contact me for a copy in meantime if you are interested- ..................................................................................................................... Parents with ADHD are known to struggle with various aspects of their role. Young adulthood is a significant developmental period...
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Mental health caregivers experience a range of practical and emotional challenges. The Power Threat Meaning Framework is a recently articulated alternative framework for identifying patterns in distress. This qualitative study explores mental health caregivers’ experiences of power, threat, threat response, and meaning. Ten Australian mental health...
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Objective: The capacity of healthcare professionals to tolerate uncertainty is of increasing research interest since it may reduce anxiety associated with managing complex health problems. Psychologists experience a high degree of uncertainty in their role. This longitudinal study examines changes in tolerance of uncertainty and confidence in case...
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The literature on sexual abuse indicates low rates of inquiry by mental health professionals. This study explores early career psychologists’ experiences of inquiry into their clients’ sexual abuse histories. Twelve Australian psychologists participated in semi-structured interviews with transcripts analyzed using thematic analysis. The vast majori...
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Objective Accreditation guidelines for professional psychology training have shifted from specifying educational inputs to emphasising attainment of core competency outputs. However, attention to both inputs and outputs are needed. Clinical practicum logs represent a neglected source of information to help guide training program development. The pr...
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Objective: Postgraduate psychology programmes are required to maintain a formal record of individual trainee placement hours in the format of placement logbooks. Anecdotal reports suggest there is substantial variability in the way practicum logbooks are configured and utilised across Australian institutions. This study aimed to provide benchmarkin...
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Objective: Role-playing games elicit narratives of heroism, mastery and agency. These are factors considered to promote mental health recovery. This study aimed to investigate what key themes are evident within the stories of role-playing game players in recovery from mental health difficulty and how their stories reflect existing models of mental...
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Objective: The ability to tolerate uncertainty has been identified as a necessary capacity in healthcare workers. This study aims to explore experiences of uncertainty and coping among practicing psychologists. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 participants. A critical realist approach was employed and thematic analysis uti...
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The objectives of the research are to describe the cultural activities offered in residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation for Aboriginal Australian men, along with client perceptions of the benefits associated with these cultural activities. Participants were 101 Australian Aboriginal male clients attending five residential drug and alcohol reh...
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Mental health carers frequently report interpersonal difficulties in their caring relationship. This exploratory study aims to examine the interpersonal problems of mental health carers from the perspective of the interpersonal circumplex. A cross-sectional survey design was utilised with 147 participants. Mental health carers displayed higher mean...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine how a peer mentoring relationship may support provisional psychologists engaged in postgraduate education in Australia. The theoretical lens for this study draws from the real relationship framework and significant events literature. Design/methodology/approach Quantitative and qualitative data were...
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Substance‐abusing fathers have reported parenting difficulties and there is a need for interventions that address these concerns and support these men. The present study conducted a feasibility trial of the Black Box Parenting Program for fathers in residential substance abuse treatment settings. The study had a mixed methods design that assessed f...
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Mental health carers often have relationship difficulties with the person for whom they are caring and experience high rates of interpersonal problems compared to the general population. This study piloted a manualised 12-week group ACT and Schema intervention for mental health carers’ interpersonal problems, examining acceptability and preliminary...
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Mental health carers are affected by the relationship with the person for whom they provide care, and these interpersonal aspects of caregiving have received limited attention. This paper explores mental health carer’s experiences of interpersonal problems within their caring relationship. Qualitative methodology was used, with semi-structured inte...
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Carers of people with mental illness frequently report interpersonal difficulties in their caring relationship, and experiential avoidance likely contributes to these problems. This study aimed to examine the relationship between experiential avoidance and eight interpersonal problem domains amongst lay mental health carers, and tested the mediatin...

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Body of research looking at tolerance of uncertainty in professional psychology.