Kathy, this is the first part the discussion due 12/23/[email protected]
6pm Eastern standard Time.Week 4: Psychodynamic TheoriesIntroduction
Consider your thoughts or beliefs about the following statements:
• An individual’s personality is largely influenced by very early life events.
• We are largely motivated by unconscious drives and needs.
• Accessing and resolving repressed issues should be a critical goal of therapy.
These statements reflect psychodynamic theories developed by Sigmund Freud, Al***** *****, and Carl Jung. This week, you explore the key components of psychodynamic theories. In addition, you propose psychodynamic interventions that would help Deidre, your case study client.
• Evaluate psychodynamic theories
• Apply psychodynamic interventions
• Apply concepts related to psychodynamic theoriesWeek 4 Learning Resources
• Capuzzi, D. & Gross, D. R. (2011). Counseling and psychotherapy: Theories and interventions. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
o Chapter 3, “Psychoanalytic Theory” (pp. 59–76)
o Chapter 4, “Jungian Analytical Theory” (pp. 77–94)
o Chapter 5, “Adlerian Theory” (pp. 99–118)
• Psychoanalytic Theory & Approaches. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2015, from
• Psychoanalytic Terms & Concepts Defined. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2015, from
• About Psychoanalysis. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2015, from
• Laureate Education, Inc.(Executive Producer). (2012). Deidre [Multimedia]. Baltimore: Author.Note: Please click on the following link for the transcript: Transcript (PDF)
• American Psychoanalytic Association. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.apsa.org/
• North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. (2011). Retrieved from
• The Jung Page. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.cgjungpage.org/Week 4 Discussion
Applying Psychodynamic Theories
When thinking of classic Freudian techniques, what images come to mind? Perhaps the omniscient Freud smoking a pipe, sitting behind a client, passively taking notes– or a troubled client lying sprawled on a couch speaking about their sexuality or early experiences in dealing with aggression or angst.
Though many associate all psychodynamic theories with well-known images of Freudian psychoanalysis, the works of Jung, Adler, and other prominent psychodynamic theorists took strides to significantly depart from Freud’s theory of personality and counseling. Like humanistic theories, modern psychodynamic approaches place the counselor across from the client, actively engaging them in the counseling process. During this process however, counselors place much focus on the unconscious mind and past relationships of the client– a focus unique to psychodynamic theories.
In this Discussion, you continue to explore unique interventions and strategies derived from the psychodynamic theoretical approach. You then apply one theory, Psychoanalytic, Jungian Analytical, or Adlerian, to facilitate your interventions with Deidre.
Posting Directions: In the subject line of your post, use the following title format: “Title of Discussion: the theory you selected for this Discussion”. Your initial post must be at least 200 words in length.
Post by Day 3 a brief description of the psychoanalytic theory you selected. Then, based on this theoretical approach to describe two interventions you could employ with Deidre and explain why. Finally, explain how each of these interventions would help Deidre move toward her goals.
Respond by Day 5 to at least two of your colleagues using one or more of the following approaches:
DUE BY 12/23/15 @ 6pm EASTERN STANDARD TIMECounseling and Psychotherapy Theories Program TranscriptClient:
Demographics: Deidre is a 22-year-old Caucasian female. She is an only child, and was raised in Bronxville, just north of New York City. She does not identify with a religion, although she states that she has “dabbled in Buddhism.” Currently, she is living in a small apartment just off campus in the downtown area of Hayes, Kansas, with her boyfriend, Tom. Deidre has been with Tom for about 4 years. Deidre is currently a junior here at Fort Hays State University majoring in sociology. To pay for school and living expenses, Deidre is working as a receptionist at the nearby Kansas State Agricultural Research Center, while Tom is also working there as a freelance computer technician. They both have large student loans and live on a tight budget.
Deidre was referred to the campus counseling center by a physician at the student health center. She arrives right on time for her sessions. She appears to be extremely tense and has difficulty sustaining eye contact,