2023-2024 / PSYC1197-1

Psychodynamic psychopathology I


20h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Despina Naziri

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course develops a theoretical and clinical reflection on the therapeutical framework adapted to the analytical and psychodynamical approaches, on the importance of the framework and its symbolical aspects.

The psychological problems of the adults will be viewed in relation to the diagnosis about structures and the pathologies of narcissism: nevrotic structures, border line structures, psychotic structures, narcistic problems and perversions. The course will focus in particular on border line situations and narcistic situations, as they are more frequent nowadays.

The course will review classical psychiatry, Freudian metapsychology and post-Freudian theory by authors like Melanie Klein, Daniel Winnicott, René Roussillon, André Green, Otto Kernberg... It will use various texts, stories and vignettes.

The specificity of the transfer and counter-transfer processes will also be studied thoughout the course.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objectives are:

  • To strengthen the capacities of the psychotherapist to listen and observe in the context of the complexity of the psychic dynamics.
  • To make future psychotherapists more familiar with the clinical and theoretical work which underpins their practice, including the aspects of transfer and counter transfer.
  • To link theoretical and clinical aspects in all situations.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Oral courses and presentation of DVDs and video cassettes, presentations by professionals on case studies. The students also evaluate the course.

Recommended or required readings

Reading file

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Professor Despina Naziri

Quartier Agora
Boulevard du Rectorat - Place des Orateurs 1

Bâtiment Trifacultaire (B33), 2e étage, bureau 2/35
4000 Liège (Sart Tilman)

Assistants :

- monica.bourlet@uliege.be
- kgoffart@uliege.be 

Secrétariat : Dorothée Duchêne

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