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Title Psychodynamic psychotherapy in South Africa : contexts, theories and applications / edited by Cora Smith, Glenys Lobban and Michael O'Loughlin.

Publication Info. Johannesburg, South Africa : Wits University Press, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource (308 pages)
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents SECTION 1: Subjectivity and identity -- 1. Naming and otherness: South African intersubjective psychoanalytic psychotherapy and the negotiation of racialised histories / Sally Swartz -- 2. Raising the colour bar: exploring issues of race, racism and racialised identities in the South African therapeutic context / Yvette Esprey -- 3. Subjectivity and identity in South Africa today / Glenys Lobban -- SECTION II: Traumatic stress -- 4. Psychotherapy and disrupted attachment in the aftermath / Cora Smith -- 5. Traumatic stress, internal and external: what do psychodynamic perspectives have to contribute? / Gill Eagle -- SECTION III: Social issues -- 6. Unconscious meaning and magic: comparing psychoanalysis and African indigenous healing / Gavin Ivey -- 7. Intimate partner violence in post-apartheid South Africa: psychoanalytic insights and dilemmas / Tina Sideris -- 8. Serial murder and psychoanalysis in South Africa: teasing out contextual issues amid intrapsychic phenomena in two case studies / Giada del Fabbrao -- 9. Some psychoanalytic reflections on a project working with HIV orphans and their caregivers / Vanessa Hemp -- 10. Reclaiming genealogy, memory and history: the psychodynamic potential for reparative therapy in contemporary South Africa / Michael O'Loughlin.
Summary This book takes the reader on a journey through the sensitive and often painful realities of contemporary South African life. Offering a fresh and innovative perspective on psychodynamic psychotherapy, it captures the possibilities of using psychodynamic theory in service of progressive and socially relevant application. Psychoanalysis as a long term modality is inaccessible to the average South African. In this book the authors describe how psychoanalytically orientated or psychodynamic psychotherapy can be practiced as a short-term endeavour and applied to contemporary issues facing the country. Psychodynamic work is currently undertaken by clinical psychologists, therapists, clinicians, trainers, teachers, clinical supervisors, consultants and researchers working in university settings, state hospitals, community projects, private practice and research. The debates, clinical issues, therapeutic practice and nature of research covered in the book are widely representative of the work being done in the country. The need for shorter term therapy models and evidence-based interventions is as acute in global practice as it is locally. The lessons learned in South Africa have broader implications for international practitioners, and the authors stress the potential inherent in psychoanalytic theory and technique to tackle the complex problems faced in all places and settings characterised by increasing globalisation and dislocation. The book is structured in three main sections. The first introduces contemporary issues about race, identity, disavowal and otherness viewed within an intersubejctive theoretical frame. The second section deals broadly with psychodynamic perspectives in trauma, the impact of violence on attachment, family function and individual survival, and the psychotherapeutic dilemmas these conditions raise for psychodynamically orientated therapists. The third section deals with a range of highly relevant social issues, including the complex relationship between psychoanalysis and traditional healing, the politics and psychodynamics of gendered violence, the challenge of running psychodynamic group therapy community projects with South African AIDS orphans, the intergenerational and psychodynamic processes in the proliferation of serial murder in post-apartheid South Africa and the psychodynamic potential for reparative therapy in contemporary South Africa. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in South Africa is aimed at local and international practitioners and students, while non-specialist readers will find the text informative and accessible.
Note Description based on print version record.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy -- South Africa.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Smith, Cora, Prof, editor.
Lobban, Glenys, editor.
O'Loughlin, Michael, editor.
ISBN 1868146030
9781868146048 (e-book)

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