Understanding Individuals Groups and Organisations : An Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
23 August 2022
Requisites for this module
BA LCJ8 Sociology with Psychosocial Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA LJ8C Sociology with Psychosocial Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA LJC8 Sociology with Psychosocial Studies,
FDA LX51 Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations,
BA C847CO Psychodynamic Practice,
BA C847DT Psychodynamic Practice,
BA C848CO Psychodynamic Practice (Including Foundation Year),
BA C849CO Psychodynamic Practice (Including Year Abroad),
BA C890 Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies,
BA C89A Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA C89B Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA C89C Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA L520 Childhood Studies,
BA L521 Childhood Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA L522 Childhood Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA L523 Childhood Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA L333 Criminology with Counselling Skills,
BA L334 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Year Abroad),
BA L335 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Placement Year),
BA L330 Sociology with Counselling Skills (Including Placement Year),
BA L331 Sociology with Counselling Skills (Including Year Abroad),
BA L332 Sociology with Counselling Skills
This module will introduce and familiarise students with the key concepts of psychodynamic thinking. In particular, they will become aware of unconscious dynamics at work in individuals, groups and organisations. The module aims to establish a theoretical foundation for the rest of the programme. As such students will study the basis of a psychodynamic approach, the key theoretical ideas and their place within the discipline. The importance of the unconscious and early experience will be emphasised. Students will explore the way individuals affect one another, institutions affect the people who work in them and vice versa, and what impact this has upon therapeutic practice.
The aim of the module is:
* To familiarise students with the key concepts of psychodynamic thinking applied to individuals, groups and organisations
* To build on students' understanding of the psychodynamics of human behaviour by applying these ideas to groups and organisations.
* To become aware of the unconscious dynamics at work in individuals, groups and organisations.
* To begin to understand how psychodynamic insight can be applied to groups and organisations.
* To begin to understand the unconscious psychodynamics of institutions.
By the end of the module students will have:
1. Understanding of key psychodynamic concepts and their place within discipline
2. Basic understanding of key psychodynamic concepts as they apply to individuals
3. Awareness of unconscious processes in relationships and interactions
4. Basic capacity to apply psychodynamic ideas to their workplace roles and relationships
5. Capacity to apply psychodynamic thinking to group and organisational dynamics
6. Basic understanding of the ways in which organisational dynamics have an impact on effective functioning
No additional information available.
Weekly one-hour lectures by staff, followed by one-hour seminars led by GTA’s
Preston-Shoot, M. and Agass, D. (1990) Making sense of social work: psychodynamics, systems and practice
. Basingstoke: Macmillan. Available at: https://www-bloomsburycollections-com.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/book/making-sense-of-social-work-psychodynamics-systems-and-practice/
Kegerreis, S. (2010a) Psychodynamic counselling with children and young people: an introduction
. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: https://app.kortext.com/Shibboleth.sso/Login?entityID=https://idp0.essex.ac.uk/shibboleth&target=https://app.kortext.com/borrow/344005
Leiper, R. and Maltby, M. (2004) ‘Psychodynamics: A Changing Theory’, in The psychodynamic approach to therapeutic change
. London: Sage Publications, pp. 12–33. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/reader.action?docID=354897&ppg=22
Trowell, J. (1995) ‘Key psychoanalytic concepts’, in The Emotional Needs of Young Children and Their Families: Using Psychoanalytic Ideas in the Community
. 1st edn. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 12–21. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780203135129-6/key-psychoanalytic-concepts-judith-trowell
Curtis, H. (2015a) Everyday life and the unconscious mind: an introduction to psychoanalytic concepts
. London: Karnac Books, pp. 30–59. Available at: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429474354#TANDF
Salzberger-Wittenberg, I. (1970) Psycho-analytic insight and relationships: a Kleinian approach
. London: Routledge & K. Paul. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780203722596
Dina Rosenbluth (1970) ‘Transference in Child Psychotherapy’, Journal of Child Psychotherapy
, 2, pp. 72–87. Available at: https://pep-web-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/search/document/JCPTX.002D.0072A
Isca Salzberger-Wittenberg, Gianna Henry and Elsie L. Osborne (1999) The emotional experience of learning and teaching
. London: Karnac Books. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780203393093
Heimann, P. (1950) ‘On Counter-Transference’, The International Journal of Psycho-analysis, 31, pp. 81–84.
Holmes, G. and Perrin, A. (1997) ‘Countertransference: What is it? what do we do with it?’, Psychodynamic Counselling
, 3(3), pp. 263–277. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13533339708402492#TANDF
Winnicott, D.W. (1971) ‘Mirror-role of Mother and Family in Child Development’, in Playing and reality
. London: Tavistock, pp. 111–118. Available at: https://pep-web-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/browse/document/ZBK.017.0111A?page=P0111
Miller-Pietroni, M. (1999) ‘Containment in theory and practice’, Psychodynamic Counselling
, 5(4), pp. 407–427. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13533339908404980#TANDF
Shohet, R. (1999) ‘Whose feelings am I feeling? Using the concept of projective identification’, in Loving, hating, and survival: a handbook for all who work with troubled children and young people
. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 39–53. Available at: https://www-taylorfrancis-com.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429445347-4/whose-feelings-feeling-using-concept-projective-identification-robin-shohet?context=ubx&refId=6c0ed84b-9a0c-4b85-b8b5-0024d0775d0f
Kegerreis, S. (2016) ‘Psychodynamic Understanding of Institutions and Networks’, in. Available at: https://moodle.essex.ac.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=262796
Robert De Board (2014) ‘The leader—the influence of Sigmund Freud’, in The Psychoanalysis of Organizations: A psychoanalytic approach to behaviour in groups and organizations
. New York, US: Routledge, pp. 15–21. Available at: https://www-taylorfrancis-com.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/chapters/mono/10.4324/9781315752662-2/leader%E2%80%94the-influence-sigmund-freud-robert-de-board?context=ubx&refId=2f151dc6-870f-45a6-8e03-1eba1b298205
De Board, R. (2014a) ‘Groups and their basic assumptions —the in?uence of Wilfred Bion’, in The Psychoanalysis of Organizations: A psychoanalytic approach to behaviour in groups and organizations
. 1st edn. New York, US: Routledge, pp. 35–48. Available at: https://www-taylorfrancis-com.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/chapters/mono/10.4324/9781315752662-5/groups-basic-assumptions%E2%80%94the-influence-wilfred-bion-robert-de-board?context=ubx&refId=e4ba5755-3ba1-4a31-8847-edc354faa59c
William Halton (1994) ‘Some unconscious aspects of organisational life: contribution from psychoanalysis’, in The Unconscious at work: individual and organizational stress in the human services
. London: Routledge, pp. 11–18. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780203359860/chapters/10.4324/9780203359860-8
Obholzer, A. and Zagier Roberts, V. (1994) ‘The troublesome individual and the troubled institution’, in The Unconscious at Work: Individual and Organizational Stress in the Human Services
. 1st edn. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 129–138. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780203359860-21/troublesome-individual-troubled-institution-anton-obholzer-vega-zagier-roberts
Anton Obholzer (1994) ‘Authority, power and leadership: Contributions from group relations training’, in The Unconscious at work: individual and organizational stress in the human services
. 1st edn. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 40–45. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780203359860-11/authority-power-leadership-anton-obholzer
De Board, R. (2014b) ‘Organization as a defence against anxiety’, in The Psychoanalysis of Organizations: A psychoanalytic approach to behaviour in groups and organizations
. New York, US: Routledge, pp. 112–129. Available at: https://www-taylorfrancis-com.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/chapters/mono/10.4324/9781315752662-9/organization-defence-anxiety-robert-de-board?context=ubx&refId=f952ffa7-0416-41af-8ce9-84580337a27c
Youell, B. and Canham, H. (2006c) ‘Projective processes: gangs, bullying, and racism’, in The Learning Relationship: Psychoanalytic Thinking in Education
. 1st edn. London: Karnac, pp. 118–129. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429482281-11/projective-processes-gangs-bullying-racism-biddy-youell-hamish-canham
Youell, B. and Canham, H. (2006a) ‘Families and schools’, in The Learning Relationship: Psychoanalytic Thinking in Education
. 1st edn. London, UK: Karnac, pp. 130–141. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429482281-12/families-schools-biddy-youell-hamish-canham
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Dr Chris Nicholson, email: email@example.com.
Dept of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Student Administration 5A.202; telephone 01206 874969; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Anthony John Faramelli
Lecturer in Visual Cultures
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