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a psychodynamic approach to therapy



Review Previously Assigned Readings A First Look at Psychotherapy

Jonathan Shedler, The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 65 (2) American Psychologist 98 (2010) [online text]

Class Videos

Class Viewing 1: What is Psychodynamic Therapy? [1:43 mins.] [brief but instructive video] [roots of psychodynamic psychotherapy is found in Freudian psychoanalysis] ["your conscious mind is not always in control"] [reference to transference]

Class Viewing 2: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: What to Expect: The Early Weeks [7:23 mins.] [Joseph Burgo, explains the psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy, in this 2nd of a multi-part series on psychotherapy; the idea that in psychotherapy there is an effort to make the unconscious conscious; passing reference to Transactional Analysis and Freud's structural view of the psyche (id, ego, superego)] [Burgo's follow-up video: transference] [10:56 mins.]

Class Viewing 3: Understanding Approaches: Psychodynamic Counseling [8:21 mins.] [an interview of psychotherapist Brendan McLoughlin; locates psychodynamic theory in the work of Freud and his understanding of the unconscious; comments on Freud's theory of the id, ego, and superego]

Reference (Does Psychotherapy Work?)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Psychotherapy: Practice Based Evidence to the Rescue
[7:26 mins.] [Barry Duncan]

Scott Miller

The Road to Mastery with Scott Miller [5:00 mins.] [longer version] ] Pt2 [14:51 mins.] [begin presentation at 0:42 mins.]

Supershrinks: Learning from the Field's Most Effective Practitioners
[47:59 mins.] [Scott Miller]

What Works in Therapy? A Provocative Look at 40 Years of Outcome Research
[1:01:43 mins.] [Scott Miller] [audio]

The Evolution of Psychotherapy: An Oxymoron
[56:18 mins.]

What Works in Psychotherapy
[1:09 mins.]

Deliberate Practice with Tony Rousmaniere
[25:39 mins.] [begin presenation at 4:54 mins.; end at 12:20 mins.]

Bruce Wampold

Peter Fonagy & Bruce Wampold on Psychotherapy
[42:07 mins.] [Peter Fonagy presentation begins at 2:58 mins; a class presentation can end at 19:36 mins, or include "how to become a better therapist which takes us to 28:30 mins.] [Bruce Wampold at 6:40 mins. to 11:42 mins. argues that the "key" is that some therapists have the skill to help atients regardless of the focus; Wampold goes on to argue that what doesn't work is unstructured, unfocused theory, where the therapists relies on compassion and listening in contrast to more structured approaches]

Bruce Wampold on "What Makes Psychotherapy Work: The Humanistic Elements"
[3:43 mins.]

Bruce Wampold on Qualities and Actions of Effective Therapists and Expertise Research
[45:06 mins.]

Keynote Speech by Bruce Wampold
[47:36 mins.] [What (Really) Works In Therapy? On Treatment Packages, Common Factors, and the Signicance of Social Context] [2017]

Reference (Joseph Burgo)

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and What to Expect: The Transference Begins
[10:56 mins.]

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and What to Expect: Resistance
[5:57 mins.]

Reference: Videos (and audio prsentations)

Dynamic Psychotherapy
[9:25 mins.] [Patricia Coughlin]

Psychodynamic Theories of Personality
[8:48 mins.] [introduction to Freud's psychoanalytic theory; id, ego, superego]

Psychodynamic Humanistic Therapies
[5:10 mins.] [another introduction to Freud's psychoanalysis] [exploring the architecture of the unconscious]

Psychodynamic Initial Interview
[38:14 mins.] [Dr. Gerald Melchiode]

Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Perspectives
[35:16 mins.] [ audio, with slides] [Giorgio Tasca presents a psychotherapy case. Dr. Joan Meitin provides a case formulation from a psychodynamic perspective. Dr. Jeanne Talbot provides a case formulation from a CBT perspective. University of Ottawa, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, April 23, 2013]

Psychodynamic Theory
[22:02 mins.] [focus on Freud]

Introduction to Psychodynamic Theory
[53:43 mins.] [audio lecture, Diane Gehart; various "schools" of psychotherapy; too much depth for the beginning student]

Psychodynamic Theory Debate
[46:19 mins.] [audio] [American Psychological Association, Montreal, Canada, 1988]

Psychodynamic Case Formulation
[46:15 mins.] [podcast; focus on Carl Rogers now well-known interview with a patient named Gloria] Carl Rogers and Gloria [45:40 mins.]

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?
[1:10:25 mins.]

Margaret Coyle Explains Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
[4:10 mins.]

Emotion and Psychotherapy
[5:51 mins.] [Brad Peters]

How Does Psychodynamic Therapy Help?
[2:45 mins.]

John Slane Explains Group Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
[3:39 mins.]

Does Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Work?
[1:23 mins.] [Eric M. Plakun, Associate Medical Director & Director of Admissions, Austen Riggs Center]

Susie Orbach on the Therapeutic Relationship
[1:58 mins.]

Reference: Critical Perspective

A Former Therapist's Critique of Psychotherapy
[59:33 mins.] [Daniel Mackler]

Why I Quit Being a Therapist: Six Reasons
[30:43 mins.] [Daniel Mackler]

Is My Therapist Good or Not? 12 Questions a Former Psychotherapist Asks
[45:45 mins.] [Daniel Mackler]

Specialists Without Spirit; Sensualists without Heart: Psychotherapy as a Moral Endeavour
[53:20 mins.] [Farhad Dalal]

The Analytic and the Relational: Inquiring into Psychotherapy Practice
[1:01:16 mins.] [Farhad Dalal]

Neuroscience and Psychology

Lessons from 83,000 Brain Scans
[14:36 mins.] [Daniel Amen, a clinical psychiatrist]

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
[19:09 mins.] [Daniel Amen]

The Smarter Brain
[54:57 mins.] [University of California neurologist and author Michael Merzenich]

The Unconscious Brain
[54:10 mins.] [Michael Merzenich]

Reference: Web Resources

Psychodynamic Approach
Saul McLeod, Simply Psychology website

The Psychodynamic Perspective
Robert Bornstein, Adelphi University

Reference: Summaries

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Deborah L. Cabaniss

Evidence in Support of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Reference: Articles

The Future of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Mauricio Cortina, 73(1) Psychiatry 43 (2010)

Therapists’ Perspectives of the Effects of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy on Problem-
Drinking Behavior
Sandra M. Ryan, MSW Clinical Research Paper

Reference: Books

That Was Then, This is Now: An Introduction to Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy
Jonathan Shedler, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Deborah L. Cabaniss,, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2011

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