Mrs Sonja Pohlman

Mrs Sonja Pohlman

Lecturer

School of Psychology

Career Summary

Biography

Sonja Pohlman is a Clinical Psychologist and a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. She has nearly 20 years experience working with clinical populations in both private and public organizations. During this time she has undertaken significant training with international experts in clinical psychology and cognitive-behaviour therapy as well as post-graduate level study. Sonja has worked as a clinician and researcher on intervention research for brief interventions for regular amphetamine users. She has designed and delivered treatment interventions for co-morbid substance use populations and has worked as a senior consultant for 360Edge, one of Australia’s leading specialist consultants in alcohol and other drug policy and practice. Sonja is committed to the delivery of high quality training of evidence-based therapies to the next generation of professional psychologists, with a specific focus on cognitive-behaviour therapy.  She is a Psychology Board Approved Supervisor and provides supervision to provisional psychologists and Clinical Registrars. 

Sonja's research interests include alcohol and other drug use, craving and metacognition in substance use, severe mental ill-health, self-practice and self-reflection in clinical training, and cognitive-behaviour therapies. She is currently undertaking her PhD studies with Professor Amanda Baker in the area of alcohol use in young people with severe mental ill-health. 


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Queensland

Keywords

  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical training
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Metacognition
  • mental health

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology 40
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/2002 - 1/06/2005 Queensland Branch President The Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Member Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT)
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2018 - 31/12/2018 Project Officer University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/01/2018 - 31/12/2018 Clinical Program Support Officer School of Psychology, Faculty of Science & IT, University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2014 -  Senior Consultant

360Edge are one of Australia's leading specialist alcohol and other drug consultancies. As a consultant, I have provided services in review and development of group therapy manuals as well as worked on qualitative research to inform improved service delivery.

360Edge
Australia
1/01/2007 - 31/12/2018 Clinical Psychologist Private Practitioner
Australia
1/01/2002 - 31/12/2005 Clinical Training Consultant

Providing clinical education to a range of health disciplines in the areas including cognitive-behaviour therapy and motivational interviewing. 

Queensland Health
Alcohol and Drug Training Unit/Centre for Drug and Alcohol Studies
Australia
1/01/2001 - 31/12/2004 Research Psychologist

During this period, I worked on a number of different projects as a clinician and researcher within Queensland Health. Some of these included evaluation of a support program for parents of young people who use substances and a randomized controlled trial of brief cognitive-behaviour therapy for regular amphetamine users.

Queensland Health
Alcohol and Drug Training Unit/Centre for Drug and Alcohol Studies
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
PSYC6426 Professional Psychology Placement I
The University of Newcastle
Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor 18/02/2019 - 31/07/2019
PSYC6501 Ethics and Professional Practice
The University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 18/02/2019 - 31/07/2019
PSYC6401 Psychological Treatments and Interventions
The University of Newcastle
Lecturer 18/02/2019 - 31/07/2019
PSYC6527 Professional Psychology Placement 2
The University of Newcastle
Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor 29/08/2019 - 8/11/2019
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Lee NK, Pohlman S, Baker AL, Femis J, Kay-Lambkin FJ, 'It's the thought that counts: Craving metacognitions and their role in abstinence from methamphetamine use', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38 245-250 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2009.12.006
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Frances Kaylambkin
2005 Baker AL, Lee NK, Claire MR, Lewin TJ, Grant T, Pohlman S, et al., 'Brief cognitive behavioural interventions for regular amphetamine users: a step in the right direction', Addiction, 100 367-378 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2005.01002.x
Citations Scopus - 126Web of Science - 104
Co-authors Frances Kaylambkin, Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker
2004 Baker AL, Lee NK, Claire MR, Lewin TJ, Grant T, Pohlman S, et al., 'Drug use patterns and mental health of regular ampthetamine users during a reported 'heroin drought'', Addiction, 99 875-884 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2004.00741.x
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Frances Kaylambkin, Terry Lewin
2003 Bennett-Levy J, Lee N, Travers K, Pohlman S, Hamernik E, 'Cognitive therapy from the inside: Enhancing therapist skills through practising what we preach', Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 31 143-158 (2003)

Experiential training and personal therapy have rich traditions in various therapies as strategies to enhance self-awareness and therapist skills. However, personal experiential w... [more]

Experiential training and personal therapy have rich traditions in various therapies as strategies to enhance self-awareness and therapist skills. However, personal experiential work has not traditionally been part of cognitive therapy (CT) training. The purpose of the present study is to map the impact of personal experiential work on CT skills in a group of CT practitioners. Fourteen cognitive therapists undertook training courses utilizing a structured approach to self-practice of CT techniques, known as self-practice/self-reflection (SP/ SR). Six therapists from one training group engaged in "co-therapy" sessions with a partner, while eight therapists from another training group practised CT techniques on their own. Both groups engaged in regular written reflections about their experience. Follow-up 1-5 months after the courses identified six areas of self-reported skill enhancement: Refinement of specific CT skills; Enriched communication of the conceptual framework of CT; Increased attention to the therapeutic relationship; Empathic attunement; Therapist self-reflection; and Therapeutic flexibility. The results suggested that SP/SR enhances the "professional artistry" of therapists, a finding consistent with literature suggesting that reflection is a key process in the development of therapist expertise. It is concluded that SP/SR represents a promising training strategy for cognitive therapists.

DOI 10.1017/S1352465803002029
Citations Scopus - 67
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Pohlman S, Anderson C, Baker A, Halpin S, McCarter K, Hides L, ' I Kind of Just Missed Feeling Normal an Exploration of Alcohol Use in Young People with Severe Mental Illness', Berlin (2019)
Co-authors Kristen Mccarter, Amanda Baker, Sean Halpin
2008 Pohlman S, Lee N, Baker A, Ferris J, Kay-Lambkin F, 'Metacognitions among methamphetamine users in a randomised trial of motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy', Sydney Australia (2008)
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Frances Kaylambkin
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $57,500

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20191 grants / $57,500

Interdisciplinary student-led intensive stuttering treatment program for adults$57,500

This program aims to investigate the outcomes of a student-led intensive speech therapy training program for adults who stutter that also involves cognitive behaviour therapy delivered by psychology students.

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team

Associate Professor Sally Hewat, Doctor Tanya Hanstock, Doctor Rachael Unicomb, Ms Yasmina Nasstasia, Mrs Sonja Pohlman, Doctor Sally Hunt

Scheme Research Funds
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
UON N
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Research Collaborations

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Country Count of Publications
Australia 5
United Kingdom 1
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Mrs Sonja Pohlman

Position

Lecturer
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email sonja.pohlman@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40553017

Office

Room W122
Building Behavioural Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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