Clinical Issues in Combining Psychotropic Medication and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Richard Marcolini, M.D.
Thursdays 7:30-9 pm
April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 2011
6 CME/CE credit hours
Increasingly we encounter cases wherein the patient is receiving combined treatment with psychotropic medication and psychotherapy. This can be a bane, a boon or a little of both. The goal of this course is for the participant to become familiar with, and be able critically assess, the unique clinical issues that arise in such a situation from the standpoint of psychodynamic theory and to be able apply this knowledge clinically with practical approaches and techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring in clinical vignettes from their own experience for class discussion, and the instructor will share clinical material as well.
Objectives will include:
- The ability to elucidate various psychodynamic meanings of medication, the triadic dynamics involved with patient, prescriber and therapist, and the potential benefits and pitfalls that are common to such cases.
- Familiarity with select readings from the relevant literature.