56th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA - May 3 - 5, 2012

Psychodynamics in Contemporary Psychiatry: Mutual Influences
Philadelphia, PA
May 3-5, 2012

Program Chairs: Eugene Della Badia, D.O. & Kimberly Best, M.D.
CME Committee Chair: Silvia Olarte, M.D.
Chair of Scientific Program Committee: Eugenio Rothe, M.D.

Liberty BellIn recent years with the explosion of information in the neurosciences, contemporary psychiatry has made tremendous advances, which has led to a better understanding of mental illness. This biological focus, however, has caused a shifting of attention away from psychological intervention and replaced it with the idea that biological treatment is sufficient to treat mental illness. This reductionism has caused a split between biologic psychiatrists and psychodynamic psychiatrists. This split hurts our patients and leads to less than optimal care.

If we look at the data, current research has shown that psychological interventions can have a marked measurable effect on the brain and can alter the responses of the brain to biochemical factors. We have seen how psychological interventions can improve the outcome of many physical problems. Much of this research is very exciting and underscores the synergistic effect of biology and psychology in our work with patients.

As psychodynamic psychiatrists we can make a unique contribution to psychiatry. Through psychodynamic understanding of our patients we can deal with transference and countertransference problems. We can use our skills to unearth unconscious conflicts that many times sabotage psychiatric treatment. We can teach residents and young psychiatrists to develop an understanding of their patients that will help them build therapeutic relationships that lead to better outcomes. We are challenged do this in a context backed by good clinical research and evidence based treatment.

In this meeting we will explore psychodynamic approaches to biological, social and psychological problems in psychiatry. We will also focus on how current research in neuroscience and genetics has impacted the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.


2012 Preliminary Program

The program for this meeting will strive to present psychodynamic understanding, through clinical material and research, which will lead to interventions in psychiatric difficulties. It will also look at complex problems where psychodynamic approaches in regard to social, cultural and psychological issues help manage difficult situation. Scientific research will be presented on the impact of neuroscience on psychodynamic psychotherapy. Our goal is to show how psychodynamic formulation and treatment are at the core of psychiatric practice. This cannot be done without demonstrating how biologic discoveries have influenced psychodynamic thinking.

Target Audience:

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, early career psychiatrists, residents, and students.

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