Common Psychodynamic Treatments: Free Association, Therapist Interpretation, and Catharsis


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Which of these is NOT a psychodynamic treatment?

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1. During free association, what does a patient do?

2. A patient tells her therapist about a dream she had the night before. The therapist is likely to use which psychodynamic treatment for that dream?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See what you know about the reasons a psychologist might attempt a particular psychodynamic treatment using this quiz and worksheet. Our quiz includes five questions on the nature of the three key methods of psychodynamic therapy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on the ins and outs of these psychodynamic treatments:

  • Free association
  • Dream interpretation
  • Catharsis

Skills Practiced

You will practice these skills using these materials:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding psychological treatments and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding dream therapy, catharsis, and free association techniques
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the psychodynamic approach to therapy

Additional Learning

You can dive deeper into the details of psychodynamic treatments before or after taking these assessments by viewing the associated lesson. In this lecture, called Common Psychodynamic Treatments: Free Association, Therapist Interpretation, and Catharsis, you will learn how to:

  • Explain why we develop abnormalities, according to the psychodynamic approach
  • Discuss the mentality behind psychodynamic treatments
  • Expound on the three most common forms of psychodynamic therapy