PS6S302 The therapeutic Relationship

What is it that heals? and how does it happen? Is it just a matter of knowledge? Or does it go beyond that to embrace philosophies and attitudes? Could we measure it? and How?

At a Glance...

The Module aims to help students realize the most important parameters of a therapeutic relationship from the beginning to a successful end. It also aims to equip students with all needed to adopt attitudes and embrace Philosophies that heal away from dysfunctional controlling or other models and how to recognize transference and counter-transference when working with a person in a therapeutic setting. Finally, it teaches how we can measure a therapeutic relationship in research.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of Undergraduate Students or Professionals and Executives who can critically think and reflect. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the Undergraduate College Level is desirable as well as a reflective Mind to delve into concepts. 

Suggested Readings

Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, students wanting to expand their knowledge even further will be guided to do so through extensive bibliography. Students are advised to read the required readings either before or soon after each unit, but in advance of the next unit. Recommended and supplemental readings can be read any time throughout the course in the self-study context and this is what will take your understanding to new heights.

Course Format

There will be video lectures (60-75 minutes each) each week. The lectures can be divided into about 4-6 segments, separated by interactive quiz questions for you to to help you process and understand the material. In addition, there will be a problem set and a programming assignment each week and there will be a final exam. You are encouraged to maintain a personal journal of thoughts, observations and experiences during the course. For the community work, there will be action learning activities which will involve you talking to others in your environment. A brief essay is to be written based on your experience. 


The focus of interest is on the following subjects:

Concepts Of Therapy In Ancient Times And Now

Culture And The Therapeutic Relationship

The Therapeutic Figures Versus Friends And Helpers. The Therapeutic Alliance

The Therapeutic Process: From Beginning To Completion

Therapeutic Interaction & Communication.

The Attitude That Heals: What Enhances Growth In Others

Transference And Countertransference

Understanding Self And Others: An Issue Of Healthy Boundaries

Therapeutic Outcome

Measuring The Therapeutic Relationship: Research Approaches  


What is the miraculous thing about this course?

You will be able to recognise the difference between a friend and a therapist and you will be able to develop therapeutic alliances that empower people as they get back to balance! 

Will I be able to apply the learning?

Yes, each unit will include reflective exercises and action learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the ideas studies at work or at home in your life. You will reflect on what the role of a health practitioner is, esp. in the field of Prenatal Psychology and this will affect other aspects of your personal and working life inspiring you to adopt attitudes and behaviors towards co-operation and co-creation in full respect of who each of the team is extending a helpful hand when needed and a clearer mind at times of confusion.

Do I have to do community work right from the beginning of my studies?

Yes, community work is an integral part of this educational program. You are expected to offer 4 hours of community work a week, which will be documented. 

Do I have to do any personal work right from the beginning?

Yes, since this educational program goes very deep, it is important for you to have your support system and personal work is an integral part of it. You can choose to work individually or in a group in your area and it is advisable that you opt for prenatal psychology to be the Psychology Thought you work with, if this is possible where you live. A session of 2 hours a week is expected.

What resources will I need for this course?

All you need is an Internet connection and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online. 

in a Nutshell

16 weeks of study 
4-6 hours of work / week 
2nd Year, 3rd semester 
5 credits 
English/ Greek
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Part of the 
Professional Higher Education Certificate (PHEC)



2/1/2016 - 12/31/2020


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