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417 Report Writing – 1 seminar

Seminar Leader: TBA

Course Description

Candidates will learn how to prepare written case reports demonstrating understanding of the psychoanalytic process. This writing seminar, in workshop format, will show candidates how to use session material as evidence for coherent formulations, interpretations, and observations of change and absence of change in the patient. The class will examine an sample Candidate’s report to see its way of describing the presenting problem, the course of therapy, transference and counter-transference, the psychoanalytic process, and change or no change yet in the patient.

Course Objectives

The candidates will learn to:

  1. Increase skills in writing a case report on a psychoanalytic process (2.1) to use clear and concise written communication (2.1) to use clear and concise oral communication.
  2. Select verbatim material from analytic sessions, which demonstrate the patient’s core presenting psychodynamics (4.4) to assess for specific risks as indicated;(2) to integrate the theory or theories upon which the therapist’s practice is based; (1.3) to recognize the major diagnostic categories in current use.
  3. Focus their case reports, using verbatim sessions with associations, dreams, and interpretations to observe change, or no change, in the patient’s psychic functioning and in the process (1.2.) to integrate a theory of change consistent with the therapist’s theoretical orientation; (1.3) to integrate knowledge of psychopathology; (2.1) to use effective listening skills.
  4. Select clinical material which demonstrates the transference and countertransference, as it shifts over time (1.2) to establish a therapeutic relationship informed by the theoretical framework (1.4) to integrate knowledge of the impact of the therapist’s self on the therapeutic process, (1.4) to recognize the cognitive, emotional and behavioural patterns of the therapist that may influence therapeutic relationship, (4. 3 a) to demonstrate awareness of the impact of the therapist’s subjective context on the therapeutic process;( 4.3) to recognize the impact of power dynamics within the therapeutic relationship, (4.3) to employ effective and congruent verbal and non-verbal communication.
  5. Track and report how formulations are turned into effective interpretations: (4.2) to employ effective skills in observation of self,the patient and the therapeutic process. Analyze information critically, Apply knowledge gathered to enhance practice (5.1.2, 5.1.3)
  6. Demonstrate which foci of the interpretations might have accounted for any observed changes in the patient: (1.2.) to integrate a theory of change consistent with the therapist’s theoretical orientation; and (1.2) to integrate knowledge of the impact of trauma on psychological functioning.
  7. Discuss respectfully, differences in views on diagnosis, formulation, and clinical approach: (2.1) to differentiate fact from opinion, (2.2) to show respect to others, (2.2) to recognize and address conflict in a constructive manner, (2.2) to demonstrate personal and professional integrity, (2.2) to create and sustain working relationships with other professionals encountered in practice, (2.2) to create and sustain working relationships with colleagues of diverse socio-cultural identities.
  8. Initiate clinical supervision or consultation when appropriate or required, (3.4) to protect patient privacy and confidentiality, making disclosure only where permitted or required.

Seminar 1

Required Readings

TIP Case Report Writing Guidelines

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