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Relational and Inter-subjective Perspectives in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSHS3038332

Semester and Year Offered: Semester III (Second Year of MPhil Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)

Course Coordinator and Team: Dr. Shifa Haq

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

Pre-requisites: Completion of theoretical courses in the first year of MPhil programme.

Aim: This course will cover the development of relational perspectives in psychoanalysis from a historical perspective. We will trace the emergence of relational perspectives among all schools of psychoanalytic thought, from Freudian to Kleinian to Interpersonal and self psychological.

Course Outcomes:

  1. To help students look at the ways in which concepts of the unconscious, transference and countertransference are transformed when viewed from a relational perspective.
  2. To open up discussions on the implications of office-based clinical work, as well as the ways in which race, social class, culture, gender, and sexual orientation enter transference and countertransference from a relational perspectives.
  3. To undertand and appreciate implications for psychoanalytic practice in Indian context.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  • Module 1: An overview of the evolution of the unconscious as a structure and a process.
  • Module 2: Thinking about Transference and Counter-Transference in one person and two person psychologies.
  • Module 3: What does the patient need?
  • Module 4: What does the therapist know?
  • Module 5: Relation trauma and meaning of cure

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Assessment 1: weightage- 50%- Presentation and class participation-
  • Assessment 2: weightage - 20% - Written reflection
  • Assessment 3: weightage- 30%- Viva

Reading List:

  • Altman, N. (2009) The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class and Culture through a
  • Psychoanalytic Lens chs. 7,8,9
  • Altman, N. (2009) The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class and Culture through a
  • Psychoanalytic Lens Ch. 3,4,5,6
  • Altman, N. (2009) The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class, and Culture through a
  • Psychoanalytic Lens. New York and London: Routledge Chs. 3-6.
  • Bass, A. (2001) It takes one to know one, or whose unconscious Is it anyway? Psychoanalytic Dialogues 11:5
  • Bass, A. (2001) It takes one to know one, or whose unconscious Is it anyway? Psychoanalytic Dialogues 11:5
  • Black, M. (2003) Enactment: Analytic Musings on Energy, Language, and Personal Growth Psychoanalytic Dialogues 13(5) 633-655
  • Davies, J.M. Love in the Afternoon: A Relational Reconsideration of Desire and Dread in the Countertransference. Psychoanalytic Dialogues (1994) 4: 153-170
  • Fairbairn, W.R.D. (1958) On the Nature and Aims of Psychoanalytic Treatment Int. J. Psychoanalysis 39: 374-385
  • Ferenczi, S. (1932) Confusion of Tongues Between Parent and Child: The Language of Tenderness and Passion IJPA 30: 4
  • Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory Cambridge, MA: Harvard. Chs. 2 and 12
  • Kohut, H. (1979) The Two Analyses of Mr. Z. IJPA 60(1) 3-27
  • Mitchell (1988) Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis Cambridge MA: Harvard. ch. 1 and 2.
  • Stern. D.(1987) Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis. , Ch. 1-4.
  • Sullivan, H.S. (1953) Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry New York: Norton. Ch. 3