PS6103 Psychotherapy Schools I

Birds of a Feather Flock Together or else... a wonderful understanding about how different pioneers from other Schools of Thoughts cast light on Human Experience!


At a Glance...

The Module aims to acquaint the student with the different Psychotherapy types as well as the main Psychotherapy Approaches. In the first course, the emphasis is to help the student understand the different dynamics of Individual and Group Therapy. Also, it teaches the specific work that needs to be done when you do Couple or Family Psychotherapy. The Student should be able to choose and suggest the best type when needed. In the second course, the focus is on the Philosophy and specifics of various Psychotherapy Schools paying tribute to all who have added whatever value to the understanding of soul and consciousness as well as the empowerment of the person as he tries to recover his health. In the third course, the focus of interest lies with the Psychotherapeutic Process. The student will study in depth what constitutes a Therapeutic relationship and the principles on which the process should be based on and how it can become effective.

The Module consists of 2 parts, studied during the 1st and 2nd semester. In Part I, the focus is on the Psychotherapy Types and we'll study a number of Psychotherapy Schools, to be completed in Part II.

and more specifically

The Student will be able to understand and reflect on how each psychotherapy school helps the human being to learn about what lies underneath their moods, feelings, thought patterns and behaviors and how he can transform them so that he can recover lost aspects of his wellbeing. He will also be able to acquaint himself with an elementary understanding of how art therapy tools can be included in the psychotherapeutic context and explore techniques to help him gain insight on the drawings made by people and what they reveal about unconscious imprints. He will see different communication tools to get access to the significant talks hidden in the Unconscious or Superconscious. He will start reflecting about how behavioral patterns develop and how they can be transformed. 

As we gain more and more new understanding of life, we see that Psychotherapy has moved beyond spoken conversation to include drama, narrative, story telling, poetry, music, sound, movement, dance and all sorts of art or human expression and has expanded to include the readings of the body beyond the readings of the speech and the readings of the human creations. Study of the relevant concepts, such as healing, therapy, psyche, therapist etc is deeply explored.

The main axons of free associations, behavior analysis, phenomenology, existentialism, the brief therapy umbrella, community psychology and body phenomena will be discussed to a good extent.

Besides, he will get to understand how each Psychotherapy School prepares professionals to gain the knowledge and expertise to get the license to practise in the field and what is the legal framework to practise Psychotherapy in different parts of the world. 

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of Undergraduate Students or Professionals and Executives who can critically think and reflect. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the Undergraduate College Level is desirable as well as a reflective Mind to delve into concepts. 

Suggested Readings

Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, students wanting to expand their knowledge even further will be guided to do so through extensive bibliography. Students are advised to read the required readings either before or soon after each unit, but in advance of the next unit. Recommended and supplemental readings can be read any time throughout the course in the self-study context and this is what will take your understanding to new heights.

Course Format

There will be video lectures (60-75 minutes each) each week. The lectures can be divided into about 4-6 segments, separated by interactive quiz questions for you to to help you process and understand the material. In addition, there will be a problem set and a programming assignment each week and there will be a final exam. You are encouraged to maintain a personal journal of thoughts, observations and experiences during the course. For the community work, there will be action learning activities which will involve you talking to others in your environment. A brief essay is to be written based on your experience. Students will be encouraged to meet with and discuss with representatives of such psychotherapy schools in their environment. 


Syllabus

There are three courses in this Module. Each course is focused on a specific aspect of the Module. All of them manage to give a good outline of the main psychotherapy approaches and how they see human life. In Part I, we'll complete Course 1 and part of Course II to be completed in Part II in the 2nd semester. More specifically:

COURSE 1 CONTENTS

TYPES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY

Individual (Psychotherapy)

Group (Psychotherapy)

Marital/ Couples (Psychotherapy)

Family (Psychotherapy)

COURSE 2 CONTENTS

PSYCHOTHERAPY APPROACHES

Psychodynamic Therapy

Light Therapy

Expressive or Creative Arts Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy

Play Therapy

Body Psychotherapy 


FAQ

What is the miraculous thing about this course?

You will understand that we are not the unique holders of the Truth and that different Minds have managed to look at different perspectives and all this needs to be respected and honored. Every little pebble of each one of us is indispensable on our evolutionary path! 

Will I be able to apply the learning?

Yes, each unit will include reflective exercises and action learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the ideas studies at work or at home in your life. You will learn techniques for inspiring vision, engaging mindfulness, spreading compassion and being playful and enthusiastic building your inner understanding and improving your relationships. What is more, you will be able to recognize what kind of healing support each of the people you meet in a health support environment has received working with a a professional coming from the specific School of Psychotherapy Thought.

Do I have to do community work right from the beginning of my studies?

Yes, community work is an integral part of this educational program. You are expected to offer 4 hours of community work a week, which will be documented.

Do I have to do any personal work right from the beginning?

Yes, since this educational program goes very deep, it is important for you to have your support system and personal work is an integral part of it. You can choose to work individually or in a group in your area and it is advisable that you opt for prenatal psychology to be the Psychology Thought you work with, if this is possible where you live. A session of 2 hours a week is expected. Now, you will also have a better understanding of what accomplishments you will have to expect following a specific Psychotherapy School and you will be able to choose better than before the one you would like to opt for for yourself.

What resources will I need for this course?

All you need is an Internet connection and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online.

in a Nutshell

16 weeks of study
7-9 hours of work/ week
1st Year, 1st semester
Obligatory
2 credits
English/ Greek
Educational Team

Part of the 
Professional Higher Education Certificate (PHEC)


Certification


Duration

2/2/2015 - 12/31/2020

Educator

Team Educational

Terms and Conditions

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