Training Psychiatrists in Couple and Family Therapy
Exposure to families widens a psychiatry trainee’s view of the interrelationship among the individual, the family system, and the larger system. This understanding of the system prepares them to manage the “identified” patient and to be a leader in their postgraduation career (Berman et al. 2006; Josephson 2008; Berman and Heru 2005). Optimal patient functioning often is dependent on learning new routines and behaviors that would be difficult, if not impossible, without family support. Since psychiatric disorders tend to have a lag between symptom presentation and intervention, often families may have been dealing with symptomatology and difficult behaviors for a period of time. Thus, appreciating and validating family members’ emotional reactions and taking their concerns seriously is the foundation of building a bridge that can withstand the weight of mental health disorders and its treatment (Berman et al. 2008). Also, since working in in-patient and outpatient...
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