PST410 Contemporary Psychotherapy

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Roman Hytych, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jana Kostínková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Zbyněk Vybíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Michal Čevelíček, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Petr Doležal (seminar tutor)
Mgr. et Mgr. Mária Kahancová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Hana Pivolusková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Katarína Motalová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Zbyněk Vybíral, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: prof. PhDr. Zbyněk Vybíral, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 11:30–13:00 U23
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/30, only registered: 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the and of the course, students should be able identify the main contemporary therapeutic approaches and key themes and issues, as a substantial part of a scientific scene in psychotherapy. Main objectives can be summarized as follows: to learn the key features of contemporary debates in psychotherapy today. See structure of the course. Further aim can be stated as delineating major differences between serious and scientific psychotherapy and other - fringe, e.g. New Age - approches and so called therapies.
  • The book Contemporary Psychotherapy (Prague, 2010). Main debates in contemporary psychotherapy. List of psychotherapies. Science and non-science.
  • 2. Key issues in discussions among psychotherapists.
  • 3. Contemporary scene in USA, in Europe and in Czech Republic.
  • 4. Delphi method (John Norcross - 1982, 1992, 2002): conclusions and consequences.
  • 5. Psychotherapy and counselling.
  • 6. Empirically supported therapies - and / or - "Tailored" (costumized) approches
  • 7. The personality of psychotherapist. Trainings, personal self-care and developments. Key features of mastery in psychotherapy.
  • 8. Psychodynamic tradition in psychotherapy. Conteporary psychoanalysis.
  • 9. Language(s) of psychotherapy. Openess in psychotherapeutic schools.
  • 10. Eclecticism. Technical eclecticism. Lazarus, Marmor, Norcross, Beutler, Garfield. The clash of paradigm. Louis Castonguay a Marv Goldfried.
  • 11. Research in psychotherapy. The possible designes in research of outcome and process in therapy.
  • 12. Key figures, institutes, journals, books.
  • 13. „Fringe approaches“ in psychotherapy.
  • 14. List o techniques.
  • WAMPOLD, Bruce E. The great psychotherapy debate : models, methods, and findings. Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates, 2001. xiii, 263. ISBN 0805832025. info
  • PROCHASKA, James O. and John C. NORCROSS. Psychoterapeutické systémy : průřez teoriemi. Praha: Grada, 1999. 479 s. ISBN 8071697664. info
  • Bergin and Garfield's handbook of psychotherapy and behavior change. Edited by Michael J. Lambert. 5th ed. New York, NY: Wiley, 2004. x, 854. ISBN 9780471377559. info
  • ANDRLOVÁ, Michaela. Současné směry v české psychoterapii : rozhovory s významnými psychoterapeuty. 1. vyd. Praha: Triton, 2005. 222 s. ISBN 8072546031. info
  • VYMĚTAL, Jan. Obecná psychoterapie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Psychoanalytické nakladatelství J. Kocourek, 1997. 295 s. ISBN 80-86123-02-2. info
  • HLUČÍN, Jakub. Hovory o psychoterapii :péče o duši současného člověka. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2001. 189 s. ISBN 80-7178-525-3. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and class discussions.
Assessment methods
1. Presentation in Power Point (personality, or school, or technique in psychotherapy). 2. Essay, or book review, or translation of selected article.
The final written test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: Střídají se přednášky a semináře - viz sylabus.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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