As you may have gathered through your required readings for this module, the psychodynamic tradition has a rich history and has evolved over time to adapt to trends toward briefer forms of treatment. Concepts from the theory, such as defense mechanisms, transference, and countertransference, are also used by most nonpsychoanalytic counselors to supplement their work with clients.
Alexander Street Press has produced a video series titled Five Forces of Counseling and Psychotherapy. The series includes interviews with experts on the following five counseling theories: psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic-existential, multicultural, and social justice. Each interview is followed by one counseling session illustrating the theory’s approach. The same client, Annie, is featured across sessions so that viewers can appreciate the difference in how each theory would approach the same problems. Throughout this course, you will watch videos from this series and other videos that highlight the theories discussed in each module.
To prepare for this assignment, first watch the video of the interviews with experts on psychoanalysis.
In a minimum of 300 words, post your responses to the following:
- Discuss one preconceived notion you had about psychoanalysis and whether it was supported by the experts’ description of the approach. Explain why.
- Discuss the experts’ opinion on whether psychoanalysis can be applied across cultures. What do you think? Is psychoanalysis appropriate to use across cultures, or is it primarily only a good fit for a small set of cultures? Provide specific reasons and support those reasons with citations of information from scholarly sources.
- Provide your impression of the therapy session, the counselor, and the process illustrated in the session. How does this session illustrate psychoanalysis? What does the counselor do that is consistent with psychoanalysis? Do you think it is a good fit for this client? Why or why not? Include specifics.
Support your rationale and analyses using at least two resources from professional literature in your response. Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources; relevant textbooks; peer-reviewed journal articles; and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu or .gov).
Your discussion posts and all written assignments should reflect graduate-level writing skills and appropriate use of APA style, including in-text citations and referenes