Talks and Workshops

Talks and Workshops Available for Your Organization

Steve Frankel and other members of the Center for Collaborative Psychiatry, Medicine, and Psychology provide educational programs. Talks generally run for an hour to an hour and a half; workshops for a half or full day.

Talks emphasizing the Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Process we have evolved at the Center for Collaborative Psychiatry, Medicine and Psychology. The following topics are covered in these talks:

Steve’s presentations elaborate

  • Aspects of the clinical processes that emphasize the authenticity and mutual discovery required in any effective clinical process
  • The subjectivity of the clinical situation as it restricts the certainty of both the clinician’s and the patient’s impressions
  • The requirement that patient and therapist engage in a dedicated collaborative effort as they find their way

In co-presented talks

  • A psychologist/neuropsychologist-assessor or a primary care physician typically continues by describing his or her part in the Center’s evaluation and treatment process
  • The balance of the talk will be devoted to one or more case presentations illustrating the place of the dialogue between the psychiatrist and psychologist or primary care physician in the assessment and treatment of these cases

The Management of Complex Treatments, with Emphasis on the Creation and Coordination of a Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Team

At the Center we are especially interested in the contribution of teamwork to improving treatment outcome. In these presentations we will describe

  • The development and management of a treatment team
  • The role of the treatment coordinator, the Medical Psychiatric Coordinating Physician (MPCP), who must integrate all the information required to understand a multifaceted case; be able to speak knowledgeably with the other involved professionals; understand the complex interpersonal dynamics that are inevitable when patient, multiple providers, and family members are involved; prioritize the clinical issues; monitor the ongoing clinical process; and synthesize all these components to insure the most powerful outcome
  • As the strategist-coordinator for the treatment team, the MPCP also develops outcome measures for monitoring the work. These are collaboratively set and repeatedly revised in the dialogue between the patient, team members, and the MPCP

Clearly, the MPCP’s job is complex and challenging. Also, it is always in flux as the patient’s needs change or as differing, at times conflicting, opinions develop among team members. In these talks or workshops Steve will use detailed clinical material to illustrate how the MPCP works. He will refer to the current literature as he and the group evolve its own model for optimizing the MPCP’s role in the case or cases being discussed.

To find out about scheduling a presentation, please contact Steve Frankel.