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Introduction to Psychotherapy

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Course ID: 2500-EN-PS-CS4-04
Erasmus code / ISCED: 14.4 Kod klasyfikacyjny przedmiotu składa się z trzech do pięciu cyfr, przy czym trzy pierwsze oznaczają klasyfikację dziedziny wg. Listy kodów dziedzin obowiązującej w programie Socrates/Erasmus, czwarta (dotąd na ogół 0) – ewentualne uszczegółowienie informacji o dyscyplinie, piąta – stopień zaawansowania przedmiotu ustalony na podstawie roku studiów, dla którego przedmiot jest przeznaczony. / (0313) Psychology The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) code has been designed by UNESCO.
Course title: Introduction to Psychotherapy
Name in Polish: Introduction to Psychotherapy
Organizational unit: Faculty of Psychology
Course groups: (in Polish) Neuropsychology and Neuroscience specialization
WISP specialization courses for 4 year
WISP specialization courses: Psychotherapy
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 3.00 Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.
Language: English
Type of course:

elective courses

Short description:

The lecture presents the main psychotherapy schools, basic results of psychotherapy research, different contexts of psychotherapy usage, and career paths for psychotherapists.

Full description:

This is an introductory lecture to the “Psychotherapy” specialization. Main goal of the course is to create a broad mental map of the psychotherapy

field that will allow to assimilate in an effective way new knowledge and skills taught during other classes from psychotherapy specialization. The lectures will include presentations of the main psychotherapy schools: psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, behavior therapy,

cognitive therapy, person-centered therapy, existential psychotherapy, integrative and eclectic psychotherapy (including multimodal therapy and Wachtel’s behavioral-psychoanalytical psychotherapy) and new developments in psychotherapy. The second part of the lecture focuses on the research in psychotherapy: methodological issues and results of effectiveness and process-oriented empirical studies. Though the focus of the lecture is on individual psychotherapy of adults, in the third part of the lecture there will be time to discuss psychotherapy of families, couples and groups. Moreover, in the part III “Practice” the issue of technology in therapy will be also covered. At the end of the course the issue of psychotherapy as a profession will be discussed. During this final classes we would like to answer questions like “what is the motivation to become psychotherapist?”, “what is the role of supervision and self-experience in the process of psychotherapists’ education?”, “what are the career paths in psychotherapy field?”. The very final class will be about specificity of psychotherapeutic treatment of severely disturbed patients at the inpatients psychiatric wards, especially people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Learning outcomes:

1. The student demonstrates basic knowledge of theories and techniques applied in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral

psychotherapies, humanistic-existential, systemic and integrative/eclectic psychotherapies.

2. The student demonstrates knowledge of basic results of the studies on psychotherapy process and effectiveness. She or he is acquainted

with basic methods used in psychotherapy research.

3. The student demonstrates basic knowledge of the possible usage of technologies in psychotherapy.

4. The student is acquainted with a variety of forms (individual, group, family, couple therapy), contexts of applying psychotherapy (e.g. individual practice, psychiatric ward) and the necessary conditions to become psychotherapists.

Classes in period "Winter semester 2023/24" (past)

Time span: 2023-10-01 - 2024-01-28
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Type of class:
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Coordinators: (unknown)
Group instructors: Rafał Styła
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Classes in period "Winter semester 2024/25" (future)

Time span: 2024-10-01 - 2025-01-26
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Type of class:
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Coordinators: (unknown)
Group instructors: Rafał Styła
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