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Losing Our Mind and Finding It: Re-Integrating Meaning in a Neurobiologically-Focused Era

October 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM to October 14, 2023 at 4:30 PM Eastern


$25 for trainees/students

Austen Riggs Center 2023 Virtual Fall Conference for Psychiatric Care Providers, Psychotherapists, and Social Scientists. 11 CE/CME credits available.
Austen Riggs Center 2023 Virtual Fall Conference for Psychiatric Care Providers, Psychotherapists, and Social Scientists
Despite our burgeoning neuroscientific knowledge, psychiatric outcomes are not significantly better than they were three decades ago. After decades of hopeful enthusiasm, the limits of a biomedically-reductionist approach to problems of mental health are increasingly clear. A renewed interest in integrating biomedical and psychosocial perspectives to optimize mental health outcomes is gaining momentum, whether in a focus on patient-centeredness, the development of collaborative care models, increasing attention to the social determinants of mental health, or efforts to re-integrate psychodynamic with medical approaches.
This conference will explore areas where bio and psycho and social intersect and will examine the utility of interdisciplinary engagement. This conference will ask the question of what medications are, beyond simple biological treatments. Foci will include the limits of reductionist approaches, sociological perspectives on contemporary psychiatric care, psychodynamic aspects of health equity, the psychotherapeutic value of exploring the psychological functions of medications, and the value, in pharmacotherapy, of integrating focused psychodynamic techniques. Intended outcomes are that conference participants should have increased knowledge and skills for working at the boundaries between disciplines, that psychiatric prescribers should be better equipped to address the meaning dimension in pharmacotherapy, and that psychotherapists should enhance their skills in exploring medications as important psychological phenomena.
11 CE/CME credits offered (see registration page for specific guild information)
$25 for trainees/students
  • Awais Aftab, MD
  • Kathryn T. Hall, PhD
  • Haroula Konstantinidou, MD, MRCPsych
  • Tanya Luhrmann, PhD
  • Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP
  • David Mintz, MD
  • Alicia Powell, MD
  • Kyle Shepard, DO
  • Adele Tutter, MD, PhD
Friday, October 13, 2023
10:00-10:30 a.m. David Mintz, MD: Conference Opening 
Thinking About Mental Illness 
10:30-11:20 a.m. Tanya Luhrmann, PhD: “Of Two Minds, 30 Years Later” 
11:20-11:30 a.m. Q & A 
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Awais Aftab, MD: “Fault Lines in Biopsychosocial Psychiatry: Integrative Aspirations and the Path Forward”
12:20-12:30 p.m. Q & A 
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch 
1:30-2:20 p.m. Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP: “Diagnosis and its Discontents” 
2:20-2:30 p.m. Q & A 
2:30-2:50 p.m. Panel Discussion #1
2:50-3:00 p.m. Break 
Meaning & Medication 
3:00-3:50 p.m. Kathryn T. Hall, PhD: “Meaning Effects and Health Equity” 
3:50-4:00 p.m. Q & A 
4:00-4:50 p.m. Kyle Shepard, DO: “Meaning & Medication: The Evidence Base” 
4:50-5:00 p.m. Q & A 
5:00-5:20 p.m. Panel Discussion #2 
5:20-5:50 p.m. Friday Panel Discussion
Saturday, October 14, 2023
10:00-10:10 a.m. Conference Opening–Day 2 
Psychodynamic Technique in Pharmacotherapy 
10:10-11:00 a.m. David Mintz, MD: “Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology” 
11:00-11:10 a.m. Q & A 
11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Haroula Konstantinidou, MD , MRCPsych
: “Challenges of Integrating Pharmacotherapy and Psychodynamics”
12:00-12:10 p.m. Q & A 
12:10-12:30 p.m. Morning Panel Discussion 
12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch 
Pharmacotherapy as a Psychotherapeutic Focus 
1:15-2:05 p.m. Alicia Powell, MD: “The Medication Life” 
2:05-2:15 p.m. Q & A  
2:15-3:05 p.m. Adele Tutter, MD, PhD: “Medication as Object” 
3:05-3:15 p.m. Q & A 
3:15-3:35 p.m. Afternoon Panel Discussion 
3:35-4:20 p.m. Conference Panel Discussion and Closing (all presenters & audience)