Theories of Interpersonal Process

Regardless of the clinical setting in which practice occurs, a fundamental aspect of clinical practice is communication. When we interact with clients/patients, we bring to the interaction our own histories. Examine some of the major theoretical constructs that influence the interpersonal process. Particular attention is paid to how an individual develops a sense of self and to the role of gender in the construction of self. Explore how the sense of self determines how we are with people, how readily we can hear others, and how effectively we can modify behaviours. These abilities are examined from both the clinician and the client/patient perspective. Object relations theory provides the primary theoretical perspective for examination of the interpersonal process, although other theoretical perspectives such as inter-subjectivity and self in-relation theory are considered. In-class 3 hours/week

Program Requirements Course Type: Core Course Clinical Field