Introduction to the Special Section: The Therapeutic Community in the 21st Century

Introduction to the Special Section: The Therapeutic Community in the 21st Century P1: KEG Psychiatric Quarterly [psaq] ph259-psaq-482362 May 8, 2004 12:34 Style file version June 4th, 2002 ° C Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 3, Fall 2004 ( 2004) Special Section The Therapeutic Community in the 21st Century INTRODUCTION Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., and Kingsley Norton, M.D. Guest Editors The practice of psychiatry in the United States today is driven by the burgeoning knowledge about the biology of the brain. As beneficial as this knowledge is, a primary focus on psychopharmacology in training programs can lead young practitioners to believe that helping troubled and troubling human beings is somehow more straightforward and sim- ple than it actually is in practice. Young psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners new to the field can find themselves overwhelmed in the face of the enormous complexity of judgment and discretion de- manded of them when they actually are confronted with an individual mired in misery, a criminal offender with a terribly traumatic history, or a family that is tearing itself apart. In our fast-paced world of the “managed care” environment, it is relatively easy to be lulled into the notion that the way psychiatry is practiced now is the way it always has been Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Introduction to the Special Section: The Therapeutic Community in the 21st Century

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2004 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
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