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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSHS2017254

Semester and Year Offered: Semester III (M.A Final Year )

Course Coordinator and Team: Neetu Sarin

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

Pre-requisites: completion of courses from first two semesters

Course Objectives: To familiarize students with various schools and models of psychotherapy other than the psychoanalytic kind.

Course Outcomes:

  1. it is envisaged that the students will emerge with a widened expanse of clinical theory and its interconnectedness with experience.
  2. The development of skills pertaining to empathy and deep listening.
  3. A well-versed familiarity with various schools of psychotherapy.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  1. An introduction to psychotherapy: the idea of therapy as a relational process, a communicative process geared at symptom relief, the significance of ego in therapy, the first few sessions , can everyone benefit from therapy?
  2. Essentials of Psychotherapy: empathy, understanding, communication. Distinguishing therapy from identification, elaborating the significance of developmental psychological work in psychotherapeutic work . eg the diff between self and object oriented empathy, the ability of a therapist to see the patient as a separate person.
  3. The traditions and antecedents of modern psychotherapy: Insight oriented, reeducative, supportive psychotherapy etc.
  4. Schools of psychotherapy:
  • Schema(CBT) therapy with borderline states,
  • Humanistic school of psychotherapy through the work of Carl Rogers
  • An introduction to existential therapy through Laing and Yalom

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Home Assignment: 40 percent
  • group presentation: 40 percent
  • class participation and attendance : 20 percent

Reading List:

  1. Bluie, E. (1981). 'On empathy'. Journal of American Psychoanalysis. 29(2)
  2. Laing, R.D. (1965) 'The Divided Self: An Existential Study of Sanity.
  3. Kellog and Young (2006). Schema therapy with borderline adults. Journal of Clinical Psychology. april 62 (4)
  4. Stern, A (1935). Psychoanalytic Investigation of and Therapy in the Border Line Group of Neuroses, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 7:4, 467-489, DOI: 10.1080/21674086.1938.11925367
  5. Yalom, I. (2002). 'Gift of Therapy'. Harper Collins. NY
  6. Rogers, C.(1961) On Becoming a person'. Houghton Mifflin. Boston