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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach focusing on the unconscious mind and defence mechanisms, aiming to bring unconscious material into the conscious mind to promote healing and growth. This course expands on the key concepts of this approach, including the ideas of Consciousness and the Unconscious, as well as the defence mechanisms of denial, repression, rationalisation, projection, displacement, regression, and sublimation. Earn six valuable points for your CPD while learning.

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5 hours, 32 minutes

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September 14, 2023



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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach based on the principles of psychoanalytic theory, developed by Sigmund Freud.

The concept of psychodynamic psychotherapy

The concept of Consciousness and the Unconscious is central to psychodynamic psychotherapy. The conscious mind refers to our immediate awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, while the unconscious mind contains thoughts, memories, and emotions that are not accessible to our conscious awareness. Psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to bring unconscious material into the conscious mind, where it can be processed and understood.

Defence mechanisms in psychodynamic psychotherapy

Defence mechanisms such as denial, repression, rationalisation,  projection, displacement, regression, and sublimation are believed to be used by the unconscious mind to protect the individual from anxiety or distress. These defence mechanisms can become problematic if overused, leading to unhealthy behaviour patterns or emotional difficulties.

How does the psychodynamic psychotherapist work?

In psychodynamic psychotherapy, the therapist must work with clients to explore their unconscious thoughts and emotions, often through free association and dream analysis. By gaining insight into their unconscious material, the client can better understand their emotional and psychological needs and learn healthier ways of coping with anxiety or distress.   Elmira Strange, a renowned motivational psychologist, has developed this online self-paced course to understand the strength of psychodynamic psychotherapy and be confident to practice it as it suits you.

After completing this course, you will be able to understand and apply the following:

  • Approaches & Useful Techniques in Psychotherapy
  • How Psychodynamic Psychotherapy works
  • How to set up a therapeutic session
  • The difference between 'Brief Therapy' and 'Long-term' treatment
  • How to ask for a 'consent'
  • and much more!

Is this course for you?

The eligibility criteria for enrolling in a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course can vary depending on the institution or program offering the course. However, in general, the course is open to a wide range of individuals who have a genuine interest in the field of psychology and therapy. Here are some common groups of people who can typically enrol in a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course:
  1. Psychology and Counseling Students: Students who are currently pursuing or have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees in psychology, counselling, social work, or a related field are often well-suited for a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course. These individuals typically have a foundational understanding of psychology and human behaviour.
  2. Mental Health Professionals: Practicing mental health professionals, such as psychologists, counsellors, social workers, and psychiatrists, may choose to pursue a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course as part of their ongoing professional development. It can provide them with additional skills and insights to enhance their practice.
  3. Undergraduate Students: Some institutions offer introductory Psychodynamic Psychotherapy courses at the undergraduate level. These courses may be suitable for students who are interested in psychology and want to explore the field further.
  4. Career Changers: Individuals who are considering a career change and have a strong interest in psychology and therapy can also enrol in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy courses. This may require meeting certain prerequisites or completing introductory coursework.
  5. Adult Learners: Many courses are designed to accommodate adult learners who may have work or family commitments. These courses often offer flexible scheduling options, including evening or weekend classes or online formats.
  6. Prerequisite Knowledge: While specific prerequisites can vary, having a foundational knowledge of psychology and human behaviour is often beneficial. Some courses may require applicants to have completed introductory psychology or counselling courses.
  7. Commitment to Ethical Practice: Many programs emphasize the importance of ethical conduct in therapy. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to ethical standards and responsible mental health care.
  8. Interview or Admission Process: Some programs may require applicants to undergo an interview or admission process to assess their suitability for the course. This may involve discussing their motivations, goals, and background.
It's essential to research and carefully review the admission requirements and prerequisites for the specific Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course or program you are interested in. Additionally, contacting the program's admissions department or coordinator can provide you with more detailed information and guidance on eligibility and application procedures.

Why Choose this course?

  • Developed and delivered by ELMIRA STRANGE - dedicated Teacher | Motivational Psychologist
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Get Instant E-certificate
  • Fully online
  • Self-paced learning and laptop, tablet, and smartphone-friendly
  • 24/7 Course Support

Career prospects after completing this course:

Completing a course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy opens up a wealth of career prospects in the field of mental health and counselling. This specialized training equips you with a unique skill set that can lead to a fulfilling and impactful career. Here are some career prospects for individuals who have successfully completed a course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:
  1. Clinical Psychologist: Psychodynamic principles can be integrated into the practice of clinical psychology. As a clinical psychologist, you'll diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health issues, utilizing psychodynamic techniques to help clients gain insight into their psychological challenges.
  2. Counselling Psychologist: Psychodynamic psychotherapy skills are valuable in the field of counselling psychology. You can work with individuals, couples, or families to address relationship issues, personal challenges, and emotional well-being.
  3. Psychiatrist: Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of mental health disorders. Understanding psychodynamic theory can enhance your ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric care, especially in cases where medication and therapy are both necessary.
  4. Social Worker: Social workers often work in a variety of settings, including schools, healthcare institutions, and social service agencies. Psychodynamic psychotherapy training can help you provide effective therapeutic interventions to support individuals and families facing social and emotional challenges.
  5. Mental Health Counselor: Mental health counsellors work with clients dealing with various mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. Psychodynamic techniques can be particularly helpful in addressing the root causes of these issues.
  6. Researcher or Academic: If you have a passion for research and academia, you can pursue a career in studying and teaching psychodynamic theory and practice at universities or research institutions. Your expertise can contribute to advancements in the field.
  7. Supervisor or Clinical Director: With experience and additional training, you can take on leadership roles in mental health organizations, supervising and guiding other therapists or clinicians in providing quality psychodynamic therapy.
  8. Consultant or Coach: Some individuals and organizations seek psychodynamic consultants or coaches to help them understand and address complex interpersonal dynamics and organizational issues.
The demand for mental health professionals, including those trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, continues to grow as societal awareness of mental health issues increases. Pursuing a career in this field not only offers financial stability but also provides an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Your expertise in psychodynamic psychotherapy can help individuals gain self-awareness, cope with emotional challenges, and lead more fulfilling lives.

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Course Content

    • About the Tutor 00:02:00
    • About the Course 00:04:00
    • What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy? 00:10:00
    • What is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis? 00:14:00
    • How does Psychodynamic Psychotherapy work? 00:08:00
    • Core Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 00:11:00
    • The Purpose & the Goals 00:06:00
    • What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy used for? (substance use, depression, PTSD) 00:12:00
    • Consciousness and the Unconscious 00:10:00
    • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and the Unconscious 00:07:00
    • Denial 00:10:00
    • 12. Repression 00:10:00
    • 13. Rationalisation 00:06:00
    • 14. Reaction Formation 00:09:00
    • 15. Projection 00:08:00
    • 16. Displacement 00:05:00
    • 17. Regression 00:08:00
    • 18. Sublimation 00:06:00
    • The Importance of a Therapeutic Relationship 00:06:00
    • Creating a Safe Place 00:09:00
    • Informed Consent (Beginning of the Treatment) 00:07:00
    • Setting Frame & Boundaries 00:10:00
    • Conducting an Assessment 00:11:00
    • Goal Setting with the Client 00:08:00
    • Listening in Psychodynamic Therapy (Empathic Listening) 00:08:00
    • Transference 00:10:00
    • Countertransference 00:07:00
    • Free Association 00:07:00
    • Symbolism & Interpretation 00:05:00
    • Dream Interpretation – part 1 00:05:00
    • Dream Interpretation – part 2 00:11:00
    • Sessions – how long, how often, how many? 00:08:00
    • Short-Term / Brief Psychodynamic Therapy 00:10:00
    • When do we ‘end’ Psychotherapy? 00:12:00
    • Medication and Therapy 00:07:00
    • Thank You & Good Bye! 00:03:00
    • Additional Techniques in Psychotherapy 00:12:00
    • Stress- & Anger Management in Psychotherapy 00:12:00
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) 00:17:00
    • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Resources 00:01:00
    • Get Your Certificate & Transcript 00:00:00

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