Psychodynamic Orientation: Foundations
What is it about psychodynamic theory that interests you the most? What are the tenets of this approach that you think are useful and valid? Alternatively, what are the challenges and criticisms of psychodynamic theory? It is very important that psychologists critically evaluate and examine all theoretical approaches, including those that are considered foundations of the profession, and particularly those theoretical approaches that are considered “emerging.”
In this Discussion, you analyze the foundations of psychodynamic theory and therapy by providing a reflective evaluation of the effectiveness of the approach. You also consider the challenges of conducting empirical research to support and/or negate the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy interventions.
To prepare for this Discussion:
• If necessary, review the basic tenets of psychodynamic theory.
• Reflect on the research you examined in Discussion 1 as well as the information regarding psychodynamic theory from this week’s Resources.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a brief evaluation of psychodynamic theory and therapy. Your evaluation should include: the aspects of psychodynamic theory that are appealing to you and why, how well this approach fits with your emerging/developing theoretical orientation, the effectiveness of psychodynamic interventions, and the challenges or criticisms you have with this approach.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and use empirically supported research to support your points of view. Follow proper APA Style guidelines.