Psychotherapy and Recovery

Psychotherapy and Recovery

Level ~ Masters
Teaching period ~ Semester 2

Using the CanMEDS domains of Communicator and Collaborator students will increase their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical constructs and scientific underpinnings of psychological therapies that they will continue to use throughout their medical practice. In reviewing psychotherapy in light of recovery-oriented mental health practice, students will be asked to consider if assumptions built into some psychotherapies or their application create barriers to preclude the equitable participation of all people. Students will address the theoretical perspectives and applications of psychodynamic and structured psychotherapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and others and learn key psychotherapeutic skills. Students will use a review of their learning to identify and communicate a plan for professional development that supports psychotherapeutic practice appropriate to their projected work settings and roles.

Learning Outcomes

  • Success factors and barriers to successful psychotherapy.
  • Theoretical basis for a wide range of psychodynamic and structured psychotherapeutic modalities, including the neurobiological aspects of psychotherapy.
  • Use of documentation and other communication between professionals in the presence of psychotherapy.
  • Conducting a comprehensive psychiatric assessment with an emphasis on psychotherapeutic understanding.
  • Psychotherapeutic formulation incorporating relevant theoretical constructs to inform a management plan, and examination of use of the processes of therapeutic alliance and collaboration.
  • Preparation of a professional development plan for supporting ongoing adherence to relevant professional and ethical standards of practice in psychotherapy.

Teaching Schedule
Topic 1 Psychotherapy - What’s the Evidence?
Topic 2 Psychodynamic Therapies 1
Topic 3 Psychodynamic Therapies 2
Topic 4 Psychotherapy – Roles, Ethics and Collaboration in Recovery-Oriented Practice
Topic 5 Structured Therapies
Topic 6 e-therapies and Supportive Therapies
Topic 7 Mindfulness and Positive Psychology
Topic 8 Presenting Psychotherapy Cases
Topic 9 Systemic Therapies