This unit provides teaching and supervision to support the clinical experience of running an intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy of 2 sessions per week in the Conversational Model. It is the first of 2 sequential units and is intended to be followed up by PSTY5208. Small group supervision will center on listening to audio-taped sessions of the psychotherapy of a patient brought from the student's workplace or allocated from an associated psychotherapy program, discussing the assessment and formulation and the establishment of the frame and contract, including a safety plan. Ongoing supervision will focus on the micro-processes of the interaction including attunement, affect, differentiate flowing from traumatic states of mind, language, transference, countertransference and cotransference and separation anxiety. The student will learn to identify initial, middle and ending phases of therapy. The aim is to develop student's skills in sensitive and responsive practice that will foster the conversational flow of the therapy, the development of the therapeutic relationship and the patient's self, facilitating higher levels of reflective capacity and coherence to allow the integration of trauma. The way the difficult past repeats itself in the therapy, known as working in the co-transference, will be explored and addressed. Formative assessments will scaffold learning towards the final assessments.
45 min supervision/ wk; ce of 2 hours/wk; 1hr x lec/wk nd on thursday morning.
supervision log-book (20%) 1 x case presentation (20%) 1 x 3000wd essay (5% formative and 25% summative ) 1x 30min viva exam (30%)
Meares R. The Metaphor of Play. 2005 Russell Meares, Nick Bendit, Joan Haliburn, Anthony Korner, Dawn Mears, David Butt. Borderline Personality Disorder and the Conversational Model: A Clinician's Manual. Sydney: Norton, 2012 Hobson R. Forms of Feeling: The Heart of Psychotherapy. Originally published London:Tavistock, 1985 . Reprinted New, York: Routledge
This unit assumes a working clinical knowledge of basic counselling
PSTY5201 and PSTY5202 and PSTY5203 and PSTY5204 and PSTY5205Co-requisites