This unit provides an opportunity over 2 semesters, when taken sequentially with PSTY5008B to critically review historical and contemporary psychodynamic practice and compare and contrast other approaches with that of the Conversational Model. Psychodynamic practice has in the past been accused of being a closed theory, not open to being disproved or to new evidence. Contemporary practice needs to be highly responsive to information from neuroscience, developmental research, linguistics and other psychosocial research and mental health research. However research needs to be thoughtfully applied to practice. The history, philosophy and conceptual underpinning of 20th century psychoanalytical and psychodynamic thought will be reviewed in a seminar format, requiring the student to pre-read and pre-view material and come ready to discuss the implications for their own practice, the questions raised by their own practice and the broader questions that challenge the field. This unit will help scaffold the student in their capstone experience to critique and synthesise the scholarly literature to prepare a draft publication in the field in an area of interest.
think tank (1hr/wk); 1x 20minute pre-recorded lecture; 2 hr sem/wk nd available on thursday morning.
seminar discussions (20%) 2x 20min presentation (2x 15%) 1 x 4000wd essay (draft 10% and final 40%)
Hobson R. Forms of Feeling 1985 Wallin D. Attachment and Psychotherapy, 2007
PSTY5201 and PSTY5202 and PSTY5203 and PSTY5204 and PSTY5205 and PSTY5206 and PSTY5207 and PSTY5208