APD3231H: Psychodynamic Bases of Therapy

Credit Value

This course will draw on contemporary psychoanalytic, cognitive and neuroscientific theories to provide an overview of clinical work with adults. We will also look at the state of empirical research on psychotherapy effectiveness. The focus will be on clinical observation and use of theory to arrive at an initial case formulation as well as the generation of ongoing hypotheses which inform clinical interventions. Emphasis will be placed on the current self-organization of the client, the transference and what is therapeutically usable or not usable at the present moment in treatment. In keeping with current psychoanalytic practice, therapy is seen from a relational perspective and interventions are rooted in dynamic systems theory with a focus is on therapeutic dyad. There will be an equal emphasis on clinical work and on theory and students will be encouraged to bring ongoing case material to class.

Graduate Department
Applied Psychology and Human Development