This unit in psychodynamic psychotherapy builds on and extends psychodynamic skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of the Clinical Psychology Course. The primary goal is to deepen students' understanding of psychodynamic therapy process and refine their therapeutic interventions, making them more confident and effective in their psychodynamic work. While some of the unit topics will be the same topics covered in first year units, treatment of these topics will be more detailed, critical, technique oriented, and grounded in students' own clinic experience. Relevant video material will be used as an educational resource to illustrate technical principles. Additionally, this unit also includes new topics and emphases, either not addressed or not covered in detail previously. A number of seminars are devoted to child and adolescent psychotherapy and the use of relevant personality and projective tests to aid diagnosis, case formulation and treatment planning. As most psychodynamic psychotherapy, whether in private practice or community clinic settings, tends to be short-term, brief dynamic therapy theory and technique will be covered.

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APC6092 - Interventions 2 - Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit increasing conceptual mastery proficiency and technical proficiency regarding psychodynamic therapy with adults and children;  
  2. Explicate the principles of short-term psychodynamic therapy and how this differs from more open-ended/longer term treatment;  
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of personality assessment instruments and measures for diagnosis, formulation and treatment planning purposes;  
  4. Critically reflect on and accurately evaluate the impact of their interventions on the psychotherapy process and interaction.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay An essay addressing a core aspect of the unit. (Indicative word length: 3000 words) 30%
Other Submission of a psychotherapy video segment and written critical reflection. (Indicative word length: 5000 words) 70%

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