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Introduction to Psychonanalytic Theory and Psychopathology

Elective Number: (Oasis E70f) 2704

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Maurice Apprey, 4 Dawson's Row

Duration: 4 weeks

Available: Rotation 12 (SMD19)

Report to: Dr. Apprey

Time to Report: 9:00 am

Place to Report: 4 Dawson's Row

Typical day: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Suggested preparatory reading: The Patient and the Analyst by Sandler, Holder and Dane or Frames of Reference in Psychoanalytic Psychology (British Journal of Medical Psychology 1970-78) by Sandler, Dare and Holder and/or: Series on Ethnicity, Medicine and Psychoanalysis, Vols. 1-3 (Univ. Press of Virginia) by Stein and Apprey

Number of students per rotation: 1 - 4 (to be determined by Dr. Apprey)  

Course Description: By the end of this elective the student will have covered the rudiments of psychopathology - students will have competencies to differentiate pre-structural from post-structural forms of conditions:

  • normal human development - students will be able to determine the psychological tasks each phase of development requires humans to negotiate;
  • developmental aberrations - the student will be able to determine which internal or external situations contribute to particular deviations of development;
  • theories of technique in clinical psychoanalytic interventions - students will be able to differentiate 4 major traditions of discourse and methods of intervention that sub-serve those schools of thought;
  • application to behavioral pediatrics, psycho-obstetrics or psychosomatic medicine - students who plan to undertake a residency in Pediatrics, Obstetrics or General Medicine with rubrics 1, 2 or 3; those going into Psychiatry with rubrics 1 - 5; for all others the topics are negotiable.  

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