buttercup8d Posted October 28, 2016 Share Posted October 28, 2016 (edited) I realize this may start some controversy but I had this thought while interviewing with a few psychodynamic-oriented clinical PhD programs last year and wanted to get others' thoughts. To be fair, I am slightly biased because I'm a research-focused applicant (I was previously interested in psychodynamic theories before I became involved in more science-based and neuro-research while working after college). From my experience, it seems like psychodynamically trained professors have a narrow view of what "real" psychotherapy is (i.e. psychodynamic only) and believe that clinical training needs to be gained during graduate school. In contrast, the research-focused professors seem to think that critical thinking skills are rooted in good researchers, which translates to good clinicians. It also seems like psychodynamically trained clinicians are very focused on pathologizing their clients and even validating the pathology in their research topics (which doesn't necessarily make the pathology untrue but seems like an illogical approach to me and limits the discussion of evidence-based research). I have found research-focused faculty to be more open-minded and stimulating when it comes to discussions. With neuroscience becoming the forefront and computerized skills (Matlab, python, etc.) becoming more valued in the workforce, is the psychodynamic tradition dying? Do you think it is an archaic way of approaching the study of the human mind? If we think of how we moved from the history of psychiatrists who used to lock up sane patients in mental hospitals and use (what is now considered) insane techniques to relieve mental ailments, can I ask what the difference between that is and the validation and pathologizing of techniques used by psychodynamically-trained clinicians today? Edited October 28, 2016 by buttercup8d typo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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