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Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy
Credits: 3 cr.
This course examines brief therapies that rely on psychodynamic theory. The course looks at how to assess the client’s strengths and deficits within the developmental perspective. Emphasis is on its utilization in individual psychotherapy.
The course also looks at the notion of therapeutic fit and its application to the change process. A major focus is on understanding the process of delivering therapeutic change and how it is instigated and propelled forward both by the client and the therapist. Topics focus on selection criteria and assessment, establishing goals, strategies for change, the therapeutic relationship and working with resistance. Special topics are partially arranged around student interest. The course looks at the treatment of depression and post traumatic stress disorder in a brief therapy model.
The class utilizes a discussion/lecture format with case examples and clinical vignettes.