Masters Course Unit
Duration: One trimester
Level: 3rd year
Credit points: 6 (out of a total of 96 points)
Pre-requisites: COUN6261 Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Mode(s) of delivery: Blended Delivery
Building on COUN6261, ‘Advanced Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy’ provides an advanced training in therapeutic practice, focused on developing intentional use of interpretation, case conceptualisation and critical reflection on process. Students will develop a higher order competency in core elements of psychotherapeutic practice, which include recognising, and responding to what is alive in the moment and process of therapy, developing therapeutic alliance, identifying patterns of response and formations of the unconscious, tracking affect, transference and the therapist’s subjective experience. The on campus workshops will build practice skills and the capacity to conceptualise client presentations from the student’s developing frame of reference.
On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
a) demonstrate competence in therapeutic processes appropriate to a client’s presentation across two sessions;
b) critically reflect on and evaluate the therapeutic process in and effectiveness of their work with reference to contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy models; and
c) demonstrate integration of theoretical frameworks in case conceptualisation and in the student’s own developing practice.
The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.
Assignment information is available here.
Students will attend an on campus workshop of 14 hours in this unit, which will include lectures, discussion of research methods and practice of research skills.
The required text book for this unit can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/order-course-materials-and-text-books/
Relevant journals and resources
Knowledge and understanding of these topics will be enhanced by wide reading of international peer-reviewed journal articles from various domains of counselling and psychotherapy, which can be accessed via the ACAP Library’s journal databases.
Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to http://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.
Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.