This one credit, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Johns Hopkins course, is devoted to teaching mental health counseling graduate students the basic concepts of psychodynamic psychotherapy. A special focus is placed on understanding the dynamic unconscious, transference, countertransference, defense mechanisms and case conceptualization. An array of “hands on” approaches including, role play and videos, help explicate these concepts.
This is a 2 day, Saturday, course is from 9:00 – 4:30 with a hour break for lunch. It meets at the Johns Hopkins Columbia campus.
The course is open to Johns Hopkins graduate students in mental health counseling as well as others: Those interested should contact the mental health counseling program in the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
Learn more about the Johns Hopkins instructor, Dr. Lynn Friedman, in this Johns Hopkins article.
Here’s the psychodynamic psychotherapy Johns Hopkins course syllabus from last year.
Course Description: This course provides a rudimentary framework for beginning to learn and apply the primary tenants of a psychodynamic counseling approach. What are the key concepts of psychodynamic counseling? How do psychodynamic counselors approach and structure a psychodynamic interaction?
This class will have three foci. First, it will describe and demonstrate several key psychodynamic concepts, including: the unconscious, transference, countertransference, conflict, and defense. Second, it will examine the therapeutic frame for psychodynamic counseling. That is, it will examine how counselors establish a structure for an effective psychodynamic therapy. Specifically, we will discuss, conveying an analytic attitude (a non-judgmental atmosphere which encourages curiousity about one’s inner workings), confidentiality, safety, appointment setting, patient and therapist lateness and no shows, establishing and setting fees and attention to boundaries. Third, we will examine the question of for whom psychodynamic therapy and/or psychoanalysis is the treatment of choice. And, we will talk about steps that students can take to become more proficient psychodynamic counselors.
Role play demonstrations, interviews with real psychoanalysts, working in dyads, hearing case material, clinical readings, didactic exercises and in-class discussions are used to help students develop a preliminary understanding of psychodynamic concepts and therapy. The primary focus is of this course to help the counselor to develop a preliminary understanding of how this approach is used in the treatment setting.