Dr Brendon Dellar

BSc, PGradDipPsych, MPsych(Clin), PhD

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

A/Prof Brendon Dellar is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology (Curtin University) and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP). He teaches trainee Clinical Psychologists studying at a Masters and Doctoral level in the area of Psychological Assessment and report writing as well as Addictions and Neuropsychology. Dr Dellar currently supervises postgraduate students on clinical practicums and Clinical Psychologist Registrars completing their training for endorsed title. He is registered with AHPRA to provide clinical supervision at all levels. This includes Postgraduate Students, Registered Psychologists (4 + 2 or 5 +1), Clinical Psychologists Interns, Clinical Psychologist Registrars and Research Students Enrolled in Higher Degrees (PhD candidates). 


Brendon has worked extensively in the area of treating Addictive Behaviours, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and complex Bereavement (where individuals may experience co-morbid grief reactions as well as traumatic anxiety). His main area of clinical interest is in trauma with co-morbid conditions such as alcohol & drug dependency, grief and depression. He has been involved as clinical supervisor for agencies involved in addictions and traumatic grief. Brendon is experienced in Workers' Compensation injury management and the clinical treatment of psychological injuries (such as PTSD) caused by workplace trauma. 


One main interest is the use of illicit drugs in high functioning individuals (e.g., professionals) as well as the abuse of prescription medications in these populations. This extends to drug abuse and dependency in professional sports. 


Other special interests include

• Performance Anxiety

• Depression (and co-moborbid depressive disorders)

• Social Anxiety Disorder

• Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia


Dr Dellar’s current role is as the Director of Cygnet Clinic, a large centre for psychological assessment and treatment. Cygnet Clinic is among the largest private clinics in Western Australia and undertakes a variety of work including Workers‘ Compensation and Rehabilitation, Better Access to Mental Health, Employee Assistance Programmes and assessment through Criminal Injuries Compensation. Cygnet Clinic has a reputation for excellence in clinical practice and includes purpose-built facilities for postgraduate students on clinical placement.


No new referrals are accepted due to committments with supervision and training.


Assessment based services will continue to be offered in a restrictive range of areas as a co-author of reports or psychometric testing conducted by registrars under supervision.


Experience

Associate Lecturer Curtin University of Technology 2000-2003

Associate Lecture and Unit Controller for Addiction Studies (school of Psychology and Public Health), Sensation & Perception, Health Psychology.


Lecturer Curtin University of Technology 2004 - 2006

Lecturer and Unit Controller for Professional Practice, Addiction Studies, Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology & Medical Imaging Technology.


Lecturer Behavioural Science, Notre Dame University 2004-2009

Unit controller for Abnormal Psychology


Lecturer Medicine - Notre Dame University/Curtin University/Murdoch University 2008 to Current

Provide lectures to graduate Medicine students on psychological theories of mood and mood disturbances


Specialist Clinical Psychologist - Swan Medical Group 2006 to 2012

Provided Clinical Psychologist services in a primary health care setting. Working as a Clinical Psychologist Registrar and Clinical Psychologist under the Better Access to Mental Health Medicare initiative at Melville Family Health and Swan Medical Group.


Clinical Scholar - Curtin University of Technology. 2011

Lecturer and Unit Controller for Addictions & Neuropsychology & Psychological Assessment


Clinical Supervisor - Cygnet Clinic 2010 to Current

Supervising postgraduate students on placement and graduate registrars working towards their endorsement as Clinical Psychologists. Provide external supervision for Mental Health Nurses and Psychologists in a number of agencies including Anglicare and Holyoke. 


Criminal Injuries Compensation - Psychological Assessment / Report Author - Current

Provide assessment services and reports to the Health Department of Western Australia. These reports are used to determine the compensation entitlements for victims of crime under state based legislation. 


Assessment of the impact of trauma has been extended to the victims of childhood sexual abuse as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. I have been actively involved in the support of clients during the commissions private hearings into individual WA based cases and providing reports of impact of abuse for WA residing cases where the abuse occurred in another state or territory. 


Australian Football League (AFL) Players Association - Wellbeing and Support Service Provider. 2013 - Current


Adjunct Associate Professor - Curtin University of Technology 2014 - Current

Adjunct to the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology. Development of course materials and establishing a purpose built postgraduate clinic within Cygnet. Supervision of Master's students on clinical placement. 


Education

PhD

Master of Psychology (Clinical & Health)

PGDipPsych (with Distinction)

Bachelor of Science, Psychology. 


Awards & Memberships

Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists (Australian Psychological Society)

Full Member: Australian Psychological Society

Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists 

Elected Western Australia Committee Member: College of Clinical Psychologists (2008)

Curtin University Postgraduate Award, 2002.

Curtin Postgraduate T/U Scholarship 2003

Teaching Award: Curtin University Guild Excellence in Teaching Hon Mention, 2005.

Offered Honours for Bachelor of Science Psychology 1997.

Arbor - Expert Reference Group 2012

St John Wellbeing & Support - Expert Advisory Group 2018


Clinical Interests

Dr Dellar’s main clinical interests are Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Addictive Behaviours. He has lectured in a number of areas including Psychological Assessment and Treatment Planning. Clinical techniques include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Advanced Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Imagery Rescripting, & Schema Therapy. 


Selected Presentations

2005 - Inner City Mental Health, Royal Perth Hospital. Workshop Presentation: Current developments in the assessment of traumatic anxiety conditions.


2005 - International Trauma Conference, Stockholm Sweden. Assessing Visual Disturbances in Traumatic Anxiety


2007 - General Practitioners Training- Assessment and treatment of Addictive Behaviours 


2008 - General Practitioners Training - Assessment and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder 


2008 - ARAFMI State Seminar - The nature of Anxiety in Psychiatric conditions. 


2010 - Midland Mental Health Network - Are Visual Symptoms worth Looking at? Assessing visual disturbances in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.


2016 - Department for Child Protection - Drug & Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Children. Workshop for Foster Carers.


2018 - The current understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder and its management in Primary Health Care (GP Practices in the Fremantle Region)


Referrals & Fees


All Clinical Psychology Referrals for treatment under Medicare, NDIS, Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance are only accepted through Cygnet Clinic at https://cygnetclinic.com.au


Other consultant bookings from approved organisations can be made here.  If your organisation wishes to request services, including Professional Development Workshops, please enquire here.