Treatment Resistance: What to Do when Dyadic Treatment Isn’t Enough

Tuesday, June 7 at 8 PM

Treatment Resistance: What to Do when Dyadic Treatment Isn’t Enough

Presenter: Eric M. Plakun, M.D.

Discussant: Eve Caligor, M.D.

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Dr. Plakun will discuss the growth of so-called “treatment resistant” disorders as partly due to reductionistic models focused excessively on biology and symptoms rather than on the impact of social determinants of mental health. He will discuss contributions a psychoanalytic perspective offers those with treatment resistant disorders, while noting the limits of all dyadic treatment approaches, and the benefits of residential treatment and other intermediate levels of care for some patients struggling with treatment resistant disorders.

Eric M. Plakun, M.D., is medical director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge Massachusetts and former Harvard Medical School clinical faculty member. He is the editor of two books and author of a hundred published papers and book chapters, and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. Dr. Plakun served as plaintiffs’ expert on adult mental disorders in the landmark case of Wit v. United Behavioral Health/Optum. Dr. Plakun is a Distinguished Life Fellow of APA and an elected member of its Board of Trustees.. Dr. Plakun is a leader in organized psychiatry and psychoanalysis, an advocate for the value of psychotherapy and other psychosocial treatments, and an advocate for access to care. He has been honored as the Outstanding Psychiatrist in Clinical Psychiatry by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.

Eve Caligor MD is  Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is also Director of the Psychotherapy Division, and Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.