Special Interest Groups

Psychodynamics and psychosis research group

The group came together with the long term aim of developing a randomized controlled trial of psychodynamic therapy in psychosis and has benefitted from psychologist, psychiatrist, researcher, service user and carer input. Currently we are working on

Phase 1. Developing infrastructure to support this work, including identifying therapists who are interested in working with the Danish model of supportive psychodynamic psychotherapy. There are now approximately 20 therapists using the Danish manual. Across the country there are now four clinical groups meeting for supervision or discussion, two in the North East, one in Yorkshire, and one in London. During 2011, we plan to hold a full day therapists’ workshop, led by Bent Rosenbaum, who is one of the originators of the approach.

Phase 2. Pilot randomized trial of supportive psychodynamic psychotherapy. In collaboration with the PRIMENT clinical trials unit, we have submitted an application for funding to the Research for Patient Benefit Fund.

Members of the group are currently working on two small projects. In one our aim is to identify outcome measures that we can use routinely to learn more about the effects of therapy. The second project is a ‘Delphi’ study, where the aim is to see to what extent psychodynamic therapists agree about core elements of psychodynamic therapy for psychosis. If you are interested in becoming involved in the group, please contact alison.summers77@gmail.com

References

Rosenbaum B, Thorgaard L. Early and sustained dynamic intervention in schizophrenia. A short version of the Danish National Schizophrenia project (DNS) manual for psychodynamic individual psychotherapy with persons in states of schizophrenia, 1998. Unpublished, provided by the authors.

Rosenbaum B, Valbak K, Harder S, Knudsen P, Koster A, Lajer M, Lindhardt A, Winther G, Peterson L, Jorgensen P, Nordentoft M, Andreason AH. The Danish National Schizophrenia Project: prospective, comparative longitudinal treatment study of first-episode psychosis. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2005, 186: 394-9.

Rosenbaum B, Valbak K, Harder S, Knudsen P, Koster A, Lajer M, Lindhardt A, Winther G, Peterson L, Jorgensen P, Nordentoft M, Andreasen AH. Treatment of patients with first-episode psychosis: two year outcome data from the Danish National Schizophrenia Project. World Psychiatry, 2006, 5(2): 100-3.

Rosenbaum 2007. Psychosis and the dynamics of the psychotherapy process. International Review of Psychiatry 2007, 19, 1, 1-12.

Rosenbaum B. Early and sustained dynamic intervention in schizophrenia. Psychiatria Danubina, 2009, 21 Suppl 1: 1322-4.