Psychiatry for Psychologists

Among the questions that mental health service providers tend to ask themselves, few are often asked. They are, “Is this normal?” “Is it schizophrenia?” “Is it safe for me to work with him/ her?” “Is what I hear a fantasy, delusion, or a mix?” “Maybe he /she needs medication?” The questions asked are not always simple to answer. +

Although the lectures on psychiatry and narcology are similar to what medical students hear, the content is adjusted to befit psychotherapists who are not medical doctors. We will cover the major psychiatric disorder (e.g., schizophrenia spectrum, mood disorders, anxiety, neurosis, personality disorders, eating disorders, etc.), and apply the discussed to presentations based on the participants’ practice.

The course will integrate the biological and psychological approaches to understand the working of the mind. This two-prong approach tends to also increase the clinician’s awareness of her/his limitations, assist her/him when assessing for risk as well as help to decide when to refer a patient to a psychiatrist.


We will meet during three weekends, on Saturday and on Sunday each time.

The lecturer – Natallia Khamenka, Psychiatrist, a candidate in Medical Sciences, associate professor in psychiatry and Medical Psychology at the Belarussian State Medical University in Minsk…(read more)

The course will begin on February 23 at 10.00.



This course is sanctioned by the Society of Psychologists and Psychotherapists” Gestalt Approach ” for advanced certification.


Day 1

Overview of psychiatry. Normalcy and pathology in mental health. Grouping mental disorders. Major psychiatric patterns and symptoms. Some issues associated with psychiatric examination and the legal ramification of receiving professional psychological attention.

Day 2

Schizophrenia and related disorders. Psychosis as a concept. The etiology of psychotic disorders.  Symptoms of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Assessing risk for the development of psychosis. Indications for hospitalization. Clinical-management of people with schizophrenic-like symptoms.

Day 3

Mood disorders. Etiology of mood disturbances. Diagnosing depression, mania and bipolar disorder. Differentiating between mood disorders and personality disorder.   Clinical depression and dejection.     Mood disorders and somatic diseases. Atypical depression. Postpartum depression. Seasonal mood disorder. Clinical management of people suffering from mood disorders, of those who may also have suicidal ideations and/or positive history of suicidal behaviors. When to refer to a psychiatrist.

Day 4

What is addiction? The progression of substance-dependency and stages of use. Differentiating between substance-dependency and substance-misuse. The withdrawal syndrome. Delirium, a psychoactive drug-induced psychotic disorder. Types of chemical dependences (alcohol, cannabinoids, opiates, psychostimulants, barbiturates, etc). The abusers’ familial context. Risks and indications for a psychiatric referral. Eating disorders: features, complexity and the essence of psychiatric support.

Day 5

Neurosis, stress-related and somatoform disorders. Neurosis and its evolution. Anxiety as a physical phenomenon. Anxiety and phobic disorders (agoraphobia, social and simple phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder). Obsessive-compulsive disorder. PTSD. Dissociative disorder. The phenomenon of somatization, somatoform disorders and psychosomatic reactions. Psychodynamic and biological views on the emergence and nature of psychosomatic and dissociative symptoms. Dementia and other organic related disorders. Sleep disorders. When to make a psychiatric referral?

Day 6

Personality disorders. Defense mechanisms. Psychotic, borderline and neurotic personality organization. Diagnostic criteria. Basic principles of working with psychotic, borderline and neurotic patients. Types of personality disorders (DSM 5): paranoid, schizoid, schizotypical, antisocial, borderline, hysterical, narcissistic, avoiding, dependent, obsessive-compulsive.


Feb 23 2019




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