Summer Fieldwork

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreNA4

Semester and Year Offered: Semester 3, Year 2

Course Coordinator and Team: Ms. Neetu Sarin, Ms. Nikita Jain, Mr. Vikas Deepak

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

Pre-requisites: NA

Aim: The purpose of this internship is to expose students to diverse settings in mental health which would help them acquire clinical and other skills. Additionally, students can make visits to places where indigenous processes of healing happen and document their observations and interviews. The objective is to provide the students a practical experience of working in the field, in sites such as hospitals, NGO’s and Shelter Homes, to enable a psychosocial clinical engagement.

Course Outcomes:

  1. Understanding different states of patient-hood and psychological suffering through their work in the field
  2. Ability to connect empathically with the grave distinctions accompanying relationships in the community
  3. Developing detailed clinical case narratives as well as ethnographic accounts whilst remaining open to their subjective states and their flux after finishing the internship

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

The internship is preceded by a subsidiary course – Preparing for a Clinical Work, which orients students to the field of clinical work through a predominantly practicum-based modality. We begin with an introduction to the ‘self’ of the clinician as an instrument for clinical work. From subversive readings on the history of insanity, to learning to listen to narrations of life-events of the ‘patient’ as against diagnosing and classifying symptoms, to becoming more open to self-reflective experiences as future clinicians, to acquainting oneself with the dynamics and vicissitudes of the human psyche, and finally, in learning to formulate a psychodynamic case history, as well as to analyze and interpret responses on projective tests, course participants will reflect on a range of human experiences and probable life situations, likely to be soon encountered by them in the professional field of their choice.

Students are trained to do fieldwork along various possibilities like self work, listening to dilemmas and crises of others including our friends, visiting communities to engage with adolescents, women and children in striving to develop a social rhythm against odds and disruptions, etc. Students would be expected to develop clinical case narratives as well as ethnographic accounts whilst remaining open to their subjective states and their flux.

After the second semester and during the summer break an intensive fieldwork will be initiated for a period of 30 days. Students are assisted in placement in various institutions such as hospitals and NGOs engaged in work on mental health, work with trauma, work with people affected by violence and process of restoration and rehabilitation. The purpose of this internship will be to expose students to diverse settings which would help them acquire clinical and other skills. Regular supervision will be provided to the students during the course of the internship. At the end of the internship students will be required to submit a detailed report based on their experiences.

Assessment Details with weights:

The assessment components are divided into a written report, evaluated by the supervisor and a reader, as well as a viva voce. Weightage is varied based on the range of experience of each batch.

Reading List:

  1. McWilliams, N. Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process.London: The Guilford Press, 1994.
  2. Psychoanalytic Case Formulation. New York: The Guilford Press. 1999.
  3. Winnicott, D. Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment. New York: International
  4. Universities Press, 1965.
  5. Erikson H. Erik. Insight and Responsibility: Lectures on the Ethical Implications of Psychoanalytic Insight. New York: W.W. Norton. 1964.


  1. Laing R.D. Politcs of Experience and Birds of Paradise. London: Penguin Books, 1967.
  2. Laing. R.D. The Divided Self. London:, Penguin Books, 196
  3. Ogden H. Thomas, The Primitive Edge of Experience. London: Karnac, 2004.
  4. Szasz, Thomas. Ideology and Insanity. New York: Routledge, 1970.
  5. Winnicott, D. W. Collected Papers: Through Paediatrics to Psycho-analysis. New York: Basic Books,1958.