COUN223 Psychodynamic Counselling

10 cp
Prerequisites COUN106 Introduction to Counselling and Micro-Skills and COUN221 Humanistic Theories and Interventions

This unit introduces psychodynamic theory and practice specifically focussing on ego and personality development and the intrapsychic mechanisms involved in the development of psychopathology. The initial enquiry will focus on Freud as the founding father of psychoanalytic theory and Lacan representing an alternative psychoanalytic perspective. Freuds disciples such as Klein and Winnicot will be studied to illustrate the transition of psychodynamic theory from intrapsychic drive theory towards contemporary object- related interpersonal theory that can be applied to a variety of clinical problems. Contemporary psychodynamic approaches to therapy will be examined in relation to issues such as depression and identity problems. Major psychodynamic techniques such as working with client defences, transference and countertransference, interpretation and therapeutic containment will be addressed. Students will develop psychodynamic case formulation skills and an awareness of their own internal experience of the processes that occur in therapy with their clients. Reflection on the relevance and application of the approach for a range of psychological problems will be encouraged. Ten hours of skills-based training will be the focus of the tutorial program.

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