Clinical psychology and substance misuse : a portfolio of study, practice and research
This portfolio presents aspects of my continuing professional development, in terms of clinical interest, research and service development. Since obtaining my BPS Diploma in clinical psychology in 1988,1 have worked in the area of alcohol misuse, in psychology services in genito-urinary medicine and HIV, and for the past five years in Drugs Services. Two years ago the Drugs Service merged with Alcohol Services to form a Substance Misuse Service. During the past nine years addictive behaviours have emerged as my main area of clinical and academic interest. I have included in this portfolio examples of my research work involving the assessment and the measurement of outcome in the treatment of opiate users, description of my work in developing a model for clinical psychology services in addictions and a review of literature in an area that is currently gaining considerable interest, namely, the links between trauma, post traumatic syndromes, borderline personality disorder and substance misuse.