1. What is the focus of your research and teaching?
Psychotherapy research, further development of structural psychotherapy approaches, integration of sensomotory, cognitive and disorder-specific approaches on the basis of recent developmental psychology and neurobiological concepts.
2. Please describe your study modules.
Study Module 3: Psychoanalytical Developmental Theories
Selected psychoanalytical developmental theories are presented and elaborated, commencing with S. Freud, to Spitz, Mahler, A. Freud, through to Stern, Lichtenberg, Winnicott and Melanie Klein, in lectures and seminars on the basis of film material and seminar papers. The theories, which relate on the one hand to reconstructions and on the other hand to the observations of infants, are illustrated and critically discussed with respect to their significance for the diagnostic and therapeutic concepts applied today. Using the theories of Bowlby, Fonagy and the Solmes, Schore working group and the observations of infants by Selma Fraiberg, a connection is drawn between psychoanalytical and neurobiological concepts, mentalisation and results of dream research related to expanded theoretical perspectives and new treatment approaches.
Study Module 5: Diagnostics
The participants are introduced to the main features of psychoanalytical diagnostics, scenic understanding, role receptivity, transfer and counter-transfer, non-mentalised, non-verbal messages. They become familiar with the extent of a disorder on the basis of film material, psychotherapy requests and in role-plays with the help of non-structured and differing forms of structured interviews and to differentiate between neurotic-, structural-, and trauma-related disorders. They learn to grasp the significance of non-verbal messages and to train their perception with respect to their experiences, feelings and associations, and learn to make hypotheses with regard to the disorder condition at hand. Connections with existing diagnostic classification systems (ICD 10, DSM IV) are drawn and critically discussed.
3. What is it about psychoanalysis and psychology that excites you?
What I like about psychology is the large number of theoretical perspectives and the methodogical research approaches used in order to understand complex human behaviour, perception, thinking and feeling. Doing so, each new understanding reveals a view of new issues and routes, most of which also interact with each other. In this way psychology always remains dynamic and exciting.
4. What is your favourite quote?
"One must still have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star." (Friedrich Nietzsche from Thus Spoke Zaratustra)