|No. Of Credits
Semester and Year Offered: Semester IV, M.A psychology Final year
Course Coordinator and Team: Neetu Sarin & Ashis Roy. Co-ordinator: Neetu Sarin
Email of course coordinator: neetu[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of the first three semesters of M.A psychology as well as Fieldwork in a University approved psychiatric/ psychological setting.
Objectives and Description: The course is a culmination of the psychodynamic journey across the four semesters. Participation in this course will provide the student with an introduction to the processes involved in clinical work and psychodynamic psychotherapy. In effect the course will initiate the participants into their future professional life, dispelling some myths about psychoanalytic work and enabling a sense of skill while staying close to the phenomena of psychic work.
Course Outcomes: On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
An Introduction to psychoanalytic psychotherapy: The Setting of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and its process. This constitutes an introduction to working alliance, setting, free association, resistance, dreams interpretation, transference and counter transference.
Psychodynamic understandings of psychoneurosis and treatment process- Obsessions, Phobias, Anxiety disorders etc.(During any given semester two symptom categories will be discussed in detail).
The emerging concern with self related pathologies and their healing: Narcissistic, depressive and schizoid states.
Narcissistic states to be taken up in detail a) clinical picture of narcissistic disorders. B) What is narcissism? C) Two major understandings on narcissism- The Kohutian and Kernbergian perspectives D) diagnosis of narcissistic states through the triad of i.symptoms ii.Defense Structures and iii. Use of countertransferential reactions and reveries. E) Drawing up a continuum of suffering in Borderline, Narcissistic , Anti-social and Hysteric states.
A variety of case presentations, peer supervisions and clinical vignettes are used to indicate the complexity of psychoanalytic work with narcissistic patients.
Psychodynamic understandings of Psychotic states.
The place and method of psychodynamic work with children: An engaged look at the contributions of Melanie Klein, with special reference to paranoid schizoid positions and depressive states, the relationship between envy and gratitude and their role in human relationships.
Assessment Details with weights:A variety of assessments can be used which include viva voce examinations, written home assessments, term papers and clinical case studies.
Written assignments: Assessment 1 (30%): The students are asked to elaborate the notions of subjectivity and diagnosis and empathy in a relational framework.