Engaging Psychosis – Discovering the patient’s subjectivity (Online Course)
Presenter: Nardus Saayman
How an online CPD course works:
- Ensure that you have access to a device with a stable internet connection, screen and speakers (e.g. computer, laptop or smartphone).
- The course consists of 2 video lessons and a short quiz.
- Watch all of the lessons at your own pace, then go to the quiz and answer all of the questions.
- Attain a final mark of 70% or more (you are allowed 3 attempts).
- Complete the evaluation form within 14 days of completing the course (you will find it on the course page).
- Your certificate (also to be found on the course page) will then be available for download within 14 days of completing the course.
Psychosis can be understood as, in part, a disorder of the self. The various factors that contribute to the development of psychosis and the consequences of psychotic symptoms potentially impede the development of the patient’s subjectivity, and can lead to a complete breakdown of the patient’s ability to accurately represent their subjective experiences. The development of paranoid delusions partially functions to compensate for the patient’s inability to make sense of their subjective experiences in relation to an acknowledged other, in this case the psychotherapist. When the patient confronts the professional with their paranoid delusion and implicates the professional as a dangerous object, the professional is potentially exposed to a complex and disturbing dynamic where their own subjectivity may be drawn into question. This presentation aims to explore the professional’s experiences of this dynamic by making use of a composite narrative of a psychotic patient with paranoid delusions that implicate the professional. The psychotherapist’s experiences are discussed via the following three themes: Constructing the patient’s subjectivity; The psychotherapist’s use of their own experiences; and Holding the balance between opposing realities.
The presentation will also aim to address some of the difficulties encountered in diagnosing, conceptualizing, and managing patients who suffer from psychosis.
NB: The attainment of CEUs or CPD points does not license any professional to practise outside of their scope or competency. CPD training is intended to broaden the knowledge of professionals and does not constitute professional training. The responsibility to practise within their relevant scope remains with the professional, regardless of what CPD training they attend.
The opinions and views expressed in this course are those of the independent presenter and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of Vista Academy and its employees or trustees.