Thinking About Prescribing: Psychodynamically-Informed, Patient-Centered Approaches to Pharmacotherapy (1 of 4) - David L. Mintz, MD (Recorded)
Course 1 of 4 - The Art of Pharmacotherapy: Enhancing Outcomes by Integrating Patient-Centered, Psychodynamically-Informed Perspectives
Other Courses in this Series:
- The Science of the Art of Psychopharmacology: An Introduction to the (Other) Evidence Base (2 of 4)
- Psychodynamics of Pharmacologic Treatment-Resistance (3 of 4)
- Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology: Caring for the Treatment-Resistant Patient (4 of 4)
The optimism and enthusiasm inaugurated by the Decade of the Brain” have, three decades later, given way to a more sober recognition of the limitations of a narrowly medical model approach to many forms of mental illness. The often underwhelming results of pharmacotherapy, alongside evidence that medications are often more symbolically active than biologically active, suggest that integrative approaches drawing on patient-centered, psychological and interpersonal skillsets may be important for optimizing pharmacotherapy outcomes. Further, phenomena like projective identification suggest that illness can exist between people rather than within people, as is characteristic of the medical model.
In this presentation, we will consider limitations of a narrow medical model in psychiatry. We will explore patient-centered alternatives that stress the role of the patient’s subjectivity, the doctor-patient relationship, and basic psychotherapeutic skills as crucial aspects of effective pharmacotherapy. Further, looking through a psychodynamic lens, we will consider ways that psychodynamic concepts and skills may inform approaches to complex psychiatric patients.
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Weinberg, E., & Mintz, D. (2018). The Overall Diagnosis: Psychodynamic Psychiatry, Six-Minute Psychotherapy, and Patient-Centered Care. The Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 41(2), 263-275.
Mintz, D (2021). “Prescribing Alliances” in Kinghorn WA and Nussbaum AM, Prescribing Together: A Relational Guide to Psychopharmacology, American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington DC.
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______ Introductory __x__ Intermediate ______ Advanced
- Describe some limitations of an illness-centered model in psychiatry
- Describe theoretical and clinical implications of a patient-centered approach in pharmacotherapy.
- Explain how psychodynamic concepts and skills are applicable in routine pharmacotherapy.
- MD from University of Miami School of Medicine
- Residency through the Cambridge Hospital/Austen Riggs Center Combined Residency Program
- Fellowship in psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center
David L. Mintz, MD, is a staff psychiatrist who joined the Austen Riggs Center in 1996. He presently serves as the director of psychiatric education, the associate director of training, and as a team leader. He also is principal investigator for the research initiative in Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology and author of the book Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology: Caring for the Treatment-Resistant Patient (2022, American Psychiatric Association Publishing). Dr. Mintz also coordinates the Elective in Psychodynamic Psychiatry at the Austen Riggs Center.
Professional Affiliations/Organizational Memberships
- American Psychiatric Association, former leader of the Psychotherapy Caucus
- American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, Psychoanalytic Fellow and elected Trustee
- Editorial Board member of Psychodynamic Psychiatry
- Medical Student Education Committee member of the American Psychoanalytic Association
- Teichner Scholar at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Psychiatry Residency Program
- Psychological aspects of taking and prescribing medications, psychodynamic aspects of medical education, professionalism, and clinical care of psychiatric patients with treatment-refractory conditions.
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