Theories of Psychotherapy (PSY4108.01)

David Anderegg

This course addresses the history of the “talking cure” with a systematic look at the links between psychological theory and therapeutic technique. The practice of psychoanalysis and analytic therapy is investigated through a reading of some of Freud’s papers on technique. The historical development of psychotherapy, including later developments in analysis, behavior therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy and hypnosis, is also investigated. The course concludes with a look at other forms of behavior change, including 12-step programs and meditation, with an emphasis on the theories of behavior change invoked by practitioners of therapeutic arts and explanations invoked by practitioners of the social sciences. Students will complete a short mid-term paper and an oral presentation of a psychotherapy case from the published literature and an extensive final paper on course topics.

Prerequisites: One course in psychology, preferably "Normality and Abnormality". Students should send a brief paragraph via e-mail describing (a) the student's current term; (b) previous courses taken in psychology; (c) how this course fits into their Plan. Please e-mail You will hear back on May 16 whether or not you are in the course. Priority will be given to students who must take the course now in order to fulfill their Plans; others will be admitted as space allows.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm (time changed 5/4/18)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, David Anderegg, Four Credit, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, Psychology, Updates.