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Brief Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Therapy: Evidence base and practical applications

Professor Else Guthrie

Psychodynamic interpersonal therapy was developed and refined over the course of thirty years by Dr RF Hobson, Reader in Psychotherapy at the University of Manchester and a former Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology in London, and Professor Russell Meares, University of Sydney, New South Wales. A training package and manual were first developed in 1983 (Margison and Hobson, 1983), and a subsequent brief manual and rating scale for the treatment of depression (Shapiro and Startup, 1991) were developed in 1991. Since then the model has been used in a brief format in 13 randomised controlled trials involving the following conditions: depression, self-harm, and medically unexplained symptoms. The talk will review the evidence base for the model, and it's practical application when working with clients with medically unexplained symptoms. The model has also been shown to be cost-effective for patients who are high utilisers of psychiatric care (Guthrie et al, 1999) and patients with medically unexplained symptoms (Creed et al, 2003).

24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Professor Else Guthrie

Professor Else Guthrie is a Consultant and Honorary Professor of Psychological Medicine working in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust at Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK.

Professor Guthrie is a former Chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists and a former UK Vice President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. She is a past Programme Director of the North West Higher Training Scheme in General Psychiatry and is currently Chair of the Research Committee of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Professor Guthrie is particularly interested in research which focuses on the relationship between emotional factors, depression and physical symptoms. She is also interested in psychological therapies and has conducted a series of randomised controlled trials to test the effectiveness of psychological treatment in people with co-existing physical and psychological ill health problems. She has shown that psychological treatments can be both efficacious but also cost-effectiveness if targeted appropriately at those patients in most need of help. She has also recently demonstrated the effectiveness of brief psychotherapy for people who self-harm.

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