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The Psychotic Patient in Therapy
The role of psychodynamic psychotherapy in treating transient psychosis and preventing long-term psychotic illness

Led by Marcus Evans & Dr Brian Martindale

Saturday 14 February 2015

09.30   Registration
10.00   Dr Brian Martindale

What is my newly psychotic patient experiencing?
This lecture, designed for psychotherapists working with a newly diagnosed psychotic patient or one who has developed psychotic symptoms during the course of therapy. We will examine these phenomena by first exploring the differences between psychiatric and psychodynamic classifications of psychosis, reflect on subjective realities and the differences between psychotic and non-psychotic conditions. We will then focus on different aspects of the mind that can be subject to psychotic transformations. The mind has to contend with many sources of reality and we will consider how this accounts for the wide variety of phenomena and content seen in psychosis. The talk will address the psychological processes involved in transforming reality, including primary process domination, attacks on linking and, finally, the psychotic and non-psychotic aspects of the person.
11.15   Coffee break
11.45   Marcus Evans

The role of psychoanalysis in the assessment and care of a psychotic patient
This presentation will describe an extended psychotherapeutic assessment of a man who had been referred to a specialist psychotherapy unit: the aim is to illustrate some of the dynamic factors underlying the patient's clinical presentation. The speaker will argue that a narrow definition of the medical model based on the presence or absence of symptoms ignores the deeper psychic structures that govern thinking and behaviour over time. A psychoanalytic perspective can offer a dynamic picture of deeper psychic structures in the patient's internal world. The developmental viewpoint inherent in psychoanalytic work can also give a picture of the patient's propensity to repeat certain aspects of his/her psychopathology, and the risk of relapse.
13.00   Lunch
14.15   Dr Brian Martindale

The role of psychotherapy in preventing a transient psychosis from becoming a long term illness
This presentation will explore how psychotherapists can work effectively with someone who suddenly develops a psychotic state - possibly in the course of therapy. What psychotherapeutic interventions might be ineffective or counter-productive? What kind of back-up might be needed to support and contain the work? One of the main concerns is preventing the new or transient psychosis from progressing to schizophrenia and we will discover when and how psychotherapy can help to prevent the symptoms from becoming a long-term disorder. The efficacy of psychodynamic approaches - that is, finding connections between the patient's symptoms and their past experiences - will be discussed.
16.00   Plenary
17.00   End

Self-funded: £140
Organisationally-funded: £200
As part of season ticket: £68
CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.00