Interdisciplinary Treatment Team: A Psychodynamic Systems Approach

Social Work

In order to take this course, please register or log in.
Instructor: Abstract:

Samar Habl, MD, and Cathleen Morey, LICSWIn the era of the Affordable Care Act, patient care increasingly involves the use of integrated interdisciplinary treatment models. In this presentation, we will discuss interdisciplinary treatment teams that utilize a psychodynamic systems approach to optimize integration of care for patients with complex psychiatric conditions. 

Working with patients with complex psychiatric disorders poses significant clinical challenges that stress the ability of treatment teams to function optimally in the implementation of treatment plans. A psychodynamic systems approach attends to these challenges from a conceptual framework anchored in fundamental principles that include attending to the treatment system as a whole by engaging the vulnerabilities and dynamics in all components of the system. This conceptual framework is a lens through which the challenges teams commonly face are viewed as being shaped by the patient, family, team and broader systems dynamics in which everyone is embedded. A team that responds only by managing the patient with limits and expectations rather than by interpreting the meaning of the patient, family,  team and systems dynamics risks a collapse of the team’s reflective functioning, which can potentially result in yet another iteration of the patient’s repetitive, self-defeating treatment resistant behaviors. Teams that hold an interpretive stance have an opportunity to effectively engage these dynamics from multiple perspectives. Using this model, treatment challenges become treatment opportunities for a deepening alliance with the patient, leading to improved patient outcomes. 

We will offer fictionalized clinical vignettes which will demonstrate how to apply a psychodynamic systems approach to team functioning.

Format: Videocast or audio podcast

Target Practice Level: Intermediate level course

Course Outline:

  • Why use a psychodynamic systems approach?
  • What do we mean by it?
  • Why is this approach relevant?
  • Definitions of key clinical phenomena (splitting, projective identification and enactments)
  • Negotiate team culture to use this approach
  • How to work with enactments
  • Clinical vignettes and application

How it Works:

  1. Users must register and provide credential information in order to gain access to course material. 
  2. In order to receive credit, users must watch/listen to the course, take and pass a post-course quiz and complete a course evaluation. 
  3. Certificates are available for download and printing upon completion of the course evaluation. Users will have ongoing access to certificates via their individual online transcript. 

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hours.

Austen Riggs Center, provider #1344, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 2/2/2017-2/2/2020.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

As of July 2015, ACE is accepted in 50 jurisdictions. This does not include the states of New York, New Jersey, and Maine. For a listing of the approved jurisdictions visit https://www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.

The Austen Riggs Center follows all state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  In accordance with the ADA, the Austen Riggs Center is committed to accessibility. If you need accommodations for your online course, please contact info@austenriggs.net.


Learning Objectives

To identify core principles that underpin a psychodynamic systems approach to interdisciplinary treatment teams
To describe key clinical phenomena that often emerge in treatment teams
To explain how a systems approach informs treatment interventions on teams

System Requirements

The Austen Riggs Center Continuing Medical Education and Online Courses system is offered to users who are able to access these courses with systems and devices meeting the following requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 11 or 10
  • Latest Versions of Safari, Firefox, and Chrome
  • Apple iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 7 or iOS 8
  • Android 4.4.x-capable devices
  • No pop-up blockers or browser extensions that interfere with multimedia rendering of content installed or enabled.