This course explores the theoretical and clinical aspects of combined treatment. Topics include: the indications for introducing medication, the meaning of medication, split treatment versus the prescribing analyst, analytic identity consolidation for the medical analyst, and the impact of culture on the analyst’s thinking about medication.
At the conclusion of this course, candidates should understand the potential values of combined treatment as well as the ways in which medication can be used as part of an enactment. They should be able to articulate advantages and disadvantages of prescribing versus splitting treatment and to consider the role of cultural factors (within psychiatry and the broader culture) in influencing decisions about medication use.
Offered alternate years.