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Psychological Approaches – The Psychodynamic Approach

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About the Course

Trigger warning // child sexual abuse discussion in module 3 Trigger warning // sexual assault discussion throughout module 4

In this course, Dr Shanti Shanker (Bournemouth University) explores the psychodynamic approach within psychology. In the first lecture, we think about what the psychodynamic approach is and how the conscious and subconscious mind is divided according to Freud’s theory. In the second lecture, we think about psychosexual development and the stages that make up that process. In the third lecture, we think about the six defence mechanisms proposed by Freud. Next, we think about some clinical applications of psychodynamic theory and evidence for its concepts. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how these concepts can be summarised.

About the Lecturer

Dr Shanti Shanker is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University. Dr Shanker’s research interests are in the translation of empirical and cognitive research findings to clinical and counselling applications, using behavioural and neuropsychological approaches. Some of Dr Shanker’s recent publications include 'Stuck in a Moment: Concreteness and psychotherapy after acquired brain injury' (2013) and 'Characterizing cognitive deficits and dementia in an aging urban population in India' (2012).