Skip to main content

Communication and Management of Therapeutic Relationship

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:2.00
Study Course Accepted:12.08.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:LUSDK_230LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:4.00ECTS:6.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Health CareTarget Audience:Nursing Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Liāna Deklava
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Welfare and Social Work
The Head of Structural Unit:Lolita Vilka
Contacts:Rīga, Anniņmuižas bulvāris 26a,, +371 67061575
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (count)12Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures24
Classes (count)12Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes24
Total Contact Hours48
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Psycho-social needs, Communication in health care, Transcultural care, Health care philosophy, Psychosomatic medicine, Stress management.
Acquire knowledge of therapeutic relationship-building basic principles, encourage the development of basic skills for successful communication and therapeutic relationship management.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Basic principles of communication in the healthcare environment.Lectures2.00auditorium
2Communication components in the clinical environment.Lectures1.00auditorium
3Skills required for successful communication, their development.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Biomedical and bio-psychosocial models in contact with the patient. Patient orientered communication.Lectures2.00auditorium
5Nurses – patient relationship therapeutic aspects and components of consultation.Lectures2.00auditorium
6Transference and countertransference concepts. Patient's needs, understanding and responsiveness to them, trust – building communication.Lectures2.00auditorium
7Patient personality in communication, patient-centered communication, its conditions.Lectures2.00auditorium
8Biopsychosocial communication model in nursing practice.Classes2.00auditorium
9Professional distance, conflicts.Classes2.00auditorium
10Therapeutic relationship and therapeutic environment.Classes2.00auditorium
11Stress in communication, its management types.Classes2.00auditorium
12Emotional intelligence, emotional support in communication.Classes2.00auditorium
13Professional nurses' required (desired) personality characteristics and professional relevant behaviour.Classes2.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Patient cases descriptive analysis, one cases communication and therapeutic relationship plan development and preparation of one study analysis.
Assessment Criteria:
Students prepare and present communication model for one clinical care situation, independently analyze the patient's needs and develop a therapeutic relationship plan (for one situation), prepare and presents an overview of the research carried out in relation to communication in health care.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:On completion of the study course students are able to describe the basic principles of successful communication, therapeutic relationship and therapeutic environment building conditions.
Skills:By completing the study course the students are able to differentiate the patient's communication needs, assess stress related situations in patient care and develop an appropriate relationship model.
Competencies:By completing the study course the students are able to analyse the patient as a personality, assess his needs in communication and generate therapeutic relationship management conditions.
Required Reading
1K.Mārtinsone un autoru kolektīvs,Konsultēšanas un psihoterapijas teorija un prakse, Zvaigzne ABC,2016.
2Reņģe V., Psiholoģija. Savstarpējo attiecību psiholoģija, Zvaigzne ABC, 2004.
3Kulbergs J. Dinamiskā psihiatrija. Jumava, 2001
4K.Mārtinsones un V.Sudrabas redakcijā, Veselības psiholoģija, RSU, 2016.
5G.Deksters, Rokasgrāmata psihiatrijas māsām, Jumava, 2006.
Additional Reading
1Barry Winbolt,, Solution Focused Therapy for the Helping Professions, Jessica Kingsley Publishers London and Philadelphia, 2011.
2Brummers M., Enekells H., Bērnu un jauniešu psihoterapija, Jumava, 2011.
3Reņģe V. Sociālā psiholoģija, Zvaigzne ABC, 2011.
4Keismensts P., Psihoterapeits un viņa pacients, Raka, 2003
5Silverman J., Kurtz S., Draper J., Skills for Communicating with Patients, Second edition, CRS Press, London2011.
Other Information Sources