This one-day workshop on psychodynamic case formulation is offered to the mental-health community at large. Those practitioners who have a basic understanding of psychodynamic concepts and of Axis I diagnoses, who are comfortable with prescribing or referring out for medication when indicated, and who are interested in learning a more systematic approach to understanding and working psychodynamically with patients are welcome. Participants are expected to bring in one of their own cases for which they will develop a case formulation during the workshop. A reading list and confidentiality details will be sent out closer to the time of the course.
- Describe the four component parts of a psychodynamic case formulation
- Assess for (1) level of personality function; (2) the six most common psychodynamic problems (as per R. Summers' and J. Barbers's 2010 text, Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence Based Practice), and the (3) CCRT (Core Conflictual Relationship Theme)
- Use the case formulation to make decisions about therapeutic interventions.
Adaline Corrin, M.D. is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. She has been in private practice in San Diego for 32 years and is a member of the clinical faculty of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. She currently teaches a 27-week course on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to third-year residents, helping them learn how to make psychodynamic case formulations and how to integrate them with Axis I diagnoses. These formulations, especially in light of the more recent evidence-based research on effective therapeutic interventions, can help guide and prioritize therapeutic interventions.