GPSA 520 Evolution of Basic Psychoanalytic, Trauma, and Resilience Concepts-3cr
Thursday 7:10 – 9:30 pm /Bratt (main)
Evolution of Concepts course is a journey mapping the concurrent and overlapping development of the studies of psychoanalysis, trauma, and resilience. It is remarkable that the impact of trauma on the individual and its ripple effect through society, particularly that of everyday life trauma, was not a serious concern until the late 1800’s. In this course the current view of trauma and resilience evolves through exploring its historical roots, and how social conditions influenced our perceptions and approaches to assessment and treatment. You will have opportunity to bring in clinical material, and the class is always a welcoming arena for lively group discussion.
The course will survey the key concepts underlying the psychoanalytic understanding of the “mind”, as it developed through an early exploration of traumatic emotional experiences in everyday life toward a comprehensive exploration of the role of environmental or catastrophic traumas and the mind’s variable responses to them. We will explore the historical development of thinking that led to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory has been expanded by Freud’s successors through contemporary contributions. The early history of psychoanalysis and trauma studies are inextricable interrelated, beginning with Freud’s study of the impact of trauma of everyday life (referred to as conflict), to “war neurosis” during World War I, to the understanding of sexual abuse, and the present day challenges of divorce, terrorism and financial crisis