Clinical Lectures on Psychopathology

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSHS2017402

Semester and Year Offered: 1st Semester (1st Year)

Course Coordinator and Team: Ashis Roy

Email of course coordinator: ashis[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: NA

Aim: Clinical Lectures on Psychopathology is a course that attempts to bridge between psychodynamic and psychiatric models of engaging with mental health.

Course Outcomes:

  1. Familiarizing students with states of human suffering such as neurosis, psychosis, personality disorders and with an emphasis on childhood experiences of emotional distress.
  2. Diagnostic understanding and formulation of depressive disorders, borderline disorder, narcissistic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder and others from models of psychiatry and psychodynamic therapy.
  3. Reflection on the clinical processes involved in long term and short term intervention.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

This is a two credit course that intends to create bridges between ways of thinking and engaging in psychodynamic work and those in psychiatry and mainstream clinical psychology. The workshops will endeavour to familiarize the student with states of human suffering such as neurosis, psychosis, personality disorders and childhood experiences of emotional distress. They will be encouraged to think about clinical case formulation from vantage positions of psychiatry and psychodynamic psychotherapy. These sessions will be geared towards: facilitating young students to be increasingly curious and reflective about clinical processes at the same time, to appreciate long term clinical work as well as short term interventions into situations of psychic distress, to learn to formulate a diagnosis and appreciate its salience (as well as limits) from a psychiatric as well as psychotherapeutic perspective, to learn to communicate diagnosis to the patient and family.

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Attendance and Class Participation 20%
  • Mid Semester (Exam) 40%
  • End semester (Exam) 40%

Reading List:

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5®). American Psychiatric Pub, 2013.

Coleman, James Covington, James Neal Butcher, and Robert C. Carson. Abnormal psychology and modern life. Scott Foresman, 1980.

Eigen, Michael. The psychotic core. Karnac Books, 2004.

Freud, Sigmund. "Mourning and melancholia." The Psychoanalytic Review (1913-1957) 11 (1924): 77.

Kaplan, Harold I., and Benjamin J. Sadock. Comprehensive textbook of psychiatry, Vols. 1-2. Williams & Wilkins Co, 1989.

McWilliams, N. Psychoanalytic Case Formulation. New York: The Guilford Press. 1999.

Lucas, Richard. The psychotic wavelength: A psychoanalytic perspective for psychiatry. Routledge, 2013.

Phillips, Adam. Equals. Basic books, 2009.

Tarachow, Sidney. "An introduction to psychotherapy." 1963.