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Semester and Year Offered: 1st Semester, 1st Year
Course Coordinator and Team: Ms. Nikita Jain, Ms. Shefali Singh
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: Interest in using psychological assessments in clinical contexts
Aim: The aim of this course is to familiarise students to some of the important projective techniques and to deepen their acquaintance in clinical and related contexts with a few selected ones. They will be familiarised with test administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing. The use of tests for psychotherapeutic purposes will be highlighted.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
techniques have a long history associated with the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic tradition. They have been considered important means of assessing and understanding the dynamics which underline human motivation, desire and conflict. They also remain informed by a clinical sensibility in which history taking acquires a vibrancy even as the psycho-diagnostician and the patient spend several hours together in understanding the latter’s personality structure.
The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with projective techniques and to deepen their acquaintance in clinical and related contexts with a few selected ones. The following modules will covered across the span of the course:
1. Understanding Projection and it’s use in Projective Techniques: Projection is an unconscious psychic mechanism in which without knowing, all of us attribute our psychological characteristics to the external world of persons, objects and phenomena. Projective techniques are time tested means of understanding the human personality and using test descriptions, scores and patterns in a dynamic and qualitative manner.
2. Scope of Using Projective Psychological Tests: In the hospital and psychosocial testing, one of the most acceptable ways in which the unconscious as a dynamic concept (and its etchings in the form of motivation and issues) is through projective testing. The qualitative use of tests will be discussed, even as students would be taken through the issues which beseech the field of testing. The use of tests in different contexts- in hospital based work, in private clinics, in community and as an additional tool in psychoanalytic practice would be discussed.
3. Administration, Interpretation and Report Writing: Methods of test administration, scoring, quantitative and qualitative interpretation and the writing of a dynamically informed report will be taught. It’s assimilation with clinical history will be reflected on through the tradition of Erikson, Rappaport, Gill and Schafer. The implications of patterns of personality for psychotherapy and related treatment too will be emphasised.
4. Selected list of Projective tests:
5. Selected List of Semi Projective techniques:
Assessment Details with weights:
The assessments are usually planned around the written reports of tests administered, interpreted and analysed, as well as an essay on projective testing. There is also some weightage accorded to class participation and engagement. However, the exact nature of assessments vary slightly within a given range in each batch.