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Plakun, E.M. (2006). Finding Psychodynamic Psychiatry's Lost Generation. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 34(1):135-150.

(2006). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 34(1):135-150

Finding Psychodynamic Psychiatry's Lost Generation

Eric M. Plakun, M.D.

This paper describes forces that have adversely affected the place of the psychodynamic perspective within psychiatric practice and training over the last generation. One effect of these forces has been to create a lost generation of psychiatrists with little knowledge or experience with psychodynamic treatment. The article addresses opportunities to reverse some of the detrimental effects of recent changes. The Residency Review Committee's introduction of a requirement that residents achieve a measurable level of competence in five schools of psychotherapy represents a major opportunity to influence psychiatric training and practice. The past and present work of the Committee on Psychotherapy by Psychiatrists (COPP) is summarized, including efforts to integrate and revise the five existing core competencies in psychotherapy into a “Y”-shaped model in a way that secures the future of psychodynamic therapy training in residencies. One existing unusual training opportunity with a central psychodynamic focus is described.

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