Alice Shires is a Clinical Pychologist, Senior lecturer and Psychology Clinic Director at UTS. Alice heads the UTS Mindfulness Integrated Therapies Research Clinic (MTRC) Prior to this position, Alice has been the Director of the Psychology Clinic at UNSW for 12 years and worked as Clinic Manager at The University of Sydney and as Consultant Clinical Psychologist in acute and specialist mental health services in the UK. Alice has been involved in the teaching, training and supervision of clinical psychologists and their field supervisors for many years.
Alice has been teaching and supervising cognitive behavioural therapies over the last 20 years. She has developed expertise in Mindfulness and its integration into Cognitive and Behavioural therapies and has assisted in the development of accredited training in Mindfulness integrated CBT (MiCBT) and continues as an established trainer in MiCBT. She continues to teach advanced Mindfulness training for mental health professionals via the Mindfulness integrated CBT Institute http://www.mindfulness.net.auAlice is involved in supervision of research in mindfulness integrated psychological therapies and is currently undertaking research projects investigating the possible effects of mindfulness training on anger, grief, experimental and chronic pain,
Alice was the Chair of the NSW Section of the APS Clinical College from 2006 to 2010 and a University representative on the Psychology Advisory Committee for the NSW Department of Health. She was a founding Board Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association ACPA from 2009 to 2012 and is currently the ACPA NSW section chair.
Affiliations & Memberships
Full registration with Psychology Board of Australia and endorsed in the clinical psychology area of practice
Chair, Australian Psychological Society, NSW College of Clinical Psychologists. APS 2007-2010
Member of National Executive of the Clinical College, APS 2007-2010
Australian Clinical Psychology Association. Board Member. 2009-2012
Institute of MiCBT Accreditation and Training Board Member 2009-2015
NSW Institute of Psychiatry Lecturer 2008-2011
Chair Australian and New Zealand University Psychology Clinic Directors group.2003-2014
Chair Australian Clinical Psychology Association NSW Section 2014-2015
Member Psychology Advisory Council NSW 2010-2015
Fellow. Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) 2015
Clinical & Research Interests:
Clinical supervision processes and outcomes
Assessment of clinical psychology competencies
Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.
Stevens, B, Hyde, J, Knight, R ,Shires, A, Alexander, R Competency-based training and assessment in Australian postgraduate clinical psychology education. Clinical Psychologist 2015.
Cartwright , C. Rhodes, P. King, R. Shires, A. Experiences of Countertransference: Reports of Clinical Psychology Students. Australian Psychologist. 49 (2014) 232-240
Gonsalvez, Craig J.; Bushnell, John; Blackman, Russell; Deane, Frank; Bliokas, Vida; Nicholson-Perry, Kathryn; Shires, Alice; Nasstasia, Yasmina; Allan, Christopher; Knight, Roslyn. Assessment of psychology competencies in field placements: Standardized vignettes reduce rater bias. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Vol 7(2), May 2013, 99-111.
Gonsalvez, C. J., Shires, A., Allan, C. D., Knight, R., Nicholson-Perry, K., Blackman, R., Webster, R., Bushnell, J. A., Hyde, J. & Nasstasia, Y. (2011). A multi-site study on the assessment of clinical psychology competencies by field supervisors: Should vignettes replace rating scales?. Seventh International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision USA: Adelphi University.
Gonsalvez, Craig J., John A. Bushnell, R. Blackman, Frank P. Deane, Vida V. Bliokas, Yasmina Nasstasia, Kathryn Nicholson-Perry et al. "The use of vignettes to capture clinical psychology practicum competencies: vignette standardization and preliminary results." (2011): 31.
Shires, A and Miller, D. An exploratory study into psychological variables associated with erectile dysfunction in gay and straight men. Journal of Sexual and Marital Therapy, Vol 11, no.2, 1996
The application of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies across the lifespan.
Clinical Psychology Supervision.
Assessement of clinical Psychology competency
Ethical and Professional Practice in Clinical Psychology.
Mindfulness integrated Cognitive behavioral therapy (MiCBT).
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