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Semester and Year Offered: 2nd Semester/ 1st Year
Course Coordinator and Team: Ms. Neetu Sarin, Dr. Honey Oberoi Vahali, Dr. Rachna Johri
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st Semester Courses
Aim: The main aim of this course is to set in place a thinking and preparing students to questions of critical therapeutic import,as they set themselves up for clinical work in the Indian setting.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
This unit will deepen the discussion of the previous semester, even as the course facilitator will focus on a range of ways in experience is worked with in the therapeutic process. The course is anchored on four major aspects - History of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychoanalytically oriented diagnosis, interface of Indian culture and psyche, relation between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
History of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy: In this unit, the instructor will help students look at the history of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in cultures European and North American (the major discourse) as well as those which depart from there. Latin American, Asian (Indian, Japanese and Chinese) and East European (Russian and other cultural questions to the main body of psychoanalysis will be given salience. Of significance in this historical journey would be questions which the psychoanalytic tradition has generally ignored and avoided.
The course will continue the thrust of the previous course in semester 1, “On becoming a practitioner”. Students would share their concerns about patients they are seeing at the clinic. They would also be required to focus on Assessing Developmental Issues, Developmental Levels of Personality Organization and Clinical Implications of Developmental Levels of Organization. All of this would help them to form a psychoanalytically oriented diagnosis. An emphasis on oedipal issues, object relations and the manifestation of unconscious clinical phenomena in the consultation room will help them prepare for responding to emotional crisis in brief work while keeping the axis of long term work alive.
Concerns with respect to culture and psyche would be foregrounded. Based on experience of working with Indian patients, this part of the course would take care of attending to the subtle ways in which expressions of emotional life are lived out in our particular context. The experience of clinical practice and the thinking around it would help students reflect on- the kinds of patients who come for help in India, the issues they bring forth, their needs, their worldview, the relationship between psychotherapy, faith, religion and traditional forms of healing. The possibility of dialoguing between culture, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis would be explored. Some additional questions to be thought through could be -Who gets missed out- how do we reach out to them. Is there a life historical dimension through which Indians talk about their self? How is the mystical cosmic notion of self lived out here? Who is the analytical subject here? Questions around transference, representation of unconscious material, issues related to sexuality and termination of clinical work will be touched upon. Of particular relevance here would be the contributions of Sudhir Kakar and other Indian psychoanalysts. Of relevance here will also be experience of the psychoanalytic forays in cultures similar to ours.
as core values and ethics of clinical practice are delved in, the relationship between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy would be highlighted. From principles of psychoanalytic psychotherapy to processes of therapy, this part of the course would lay the ground from where practice in our context could take its roots. As against psychoanalysis proper, variations of psychoanalytic psychotherapy would be of focus herein. Students would be acquainted with Balint’s model of brief psychodynamic work.
Assessment Details with weights: Viva – 50% ; and Written Assignment – 50%