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Semester and Year Offered: 1st semester, 1st year
Course Coordinator and Team: Honey Oberoi Vahali
Email of course coordinator: email@example.com
Pre-requisites: Interest in clinical practice of psychotherapy
Aim: The primary aim of the course is to help a student approach a clinical encounter from an experiential perspective keeping in mind self-reflection/awareness, empathy and separating the above from projection and projective identification. The course will reflect on how to build a relationship in the psychotherapeutic context keeping in mind structure and ethics. Certain special considerations related to short term and long term practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy will be focused on. The aim of the course is to help students attain competence in initiating clinical work and sustaining it.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
The focus will be on discussing different clinical modalities and settings and broadly focusing on an introduction to psychotherapy. The student will be initiated into ways of record keeping and thinking about psychotherapeutic processes. Students would be asked to focus on their experience, expectations, excitement, fears and fantasies about clinical work. In initiating them to the world of practice, a special focus will be kept alive on the Indian socio-economic cultural context.
The following modules will be taken up across the course-
1. What is psychotherapy? Different types of psychotherapy and the differences between them and psychoanalysis. Thinking about the process of psychotherapy and the use of the psychotherapist’s self. A reflection on the goals, aims and outcomes of psychotherapy-with a special focus on emotional processing in different forms of therapy- be it BT, CBT, Humanistic and Existential will inform the first unit.
2. The analytic process: Differences and similarities in the analytic process and psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis. An introduction to the development of the individual self and the process of mentation. Fantasy and Defense, Transference and Counter-transference.
3. Introduction to the four major theories; basics of understanding personality organisation and character development. Four major theories used to understand symptoms, personality organisation and character development. Different motivational systems which inform transference-countertransference. Drive, Ego, Object, Self, Attachment
4. Initial encounter with the patient. The Intake process. Intake procedure, writing up the intake, process recording. Setting up sessions, fee, making referrals etc.
5. Introduction to psychic functioning: Levels of anxiety, nature of conflict, developmental deficits and different kinds of defence.
6. Core values and ethics in psychotherapy: Considerations for reflective practice.
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