Psychodynamic Systems of Residential Treatment: Another View From Riggs

Published on 
April 2015

Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych  and Spencer Biel, PsyD Abstract: Many patients lack the capacity to manage intense affects between therapy sessions, and as a result are caught in impasses as treatment becomes organized around fending off the next crisis or recovering from the last. Risk of suicide is often part of this presentation. Among the range of interventions that may help such patients emerge from impasse and treatment resistance is residential treatment, particularly psychodynamic residential treatment. We describe the role of residential treatment for such patients and offer an illustrative case example. 

Psychodynamic Systems of Residential Treatment: Another View From Riggs, by Spencer Biel and Eric M. Plakun, Psychodynamic Psychiatry, Volume 43, No. 1, Spring 2015, pgs. 91-116. Copyright Guilford Press. Reprinted with permission of The Guilford Press.

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