David Skorunka, Darina Fialová

Dialogical and Integrative; Benefits of Interdisciplinary Co-Therapy Team


In this presentation, we will introduce collaboration between a psychiatrist and a psychologist in outpatient mental health care system, which we have developed in our clinical practice. The collaboration could be viewed as a true dialogue between a male psychiatrist, who is also trained in systemic family therapy and narrative approaches, and a female psychologist, who works primarily within experiential and emotion-focused modality. The therapists´ different psychotherapy background
and their different gender, when reflected and integrated during therapy, enable integrative treatment and both person and family centred approach.


To achieve the aim of the workshop, we will combine different methods of sharing our experience. First, we will present different forms of interdisciplinary collaboration we have developed including a case example.  We will particularly focus on specific aspects of male and female co-therapy with couples and families. Second, we will encourage the participants of the workshop to interact with each other to
experience a little bit the potential of both interdisciplinary dialogue and integrative approach (focus on different systems during therapy, work with polarities etc.). Third, ample time will be available for reflection of the interactive part and for discussion about the topic.


We hope participants will both learn about and gain experience of interdisciplinary collaboration based on dialogical approach combined with integrating different psychotherapy perspectives (gestalt
therapy, systemic family therapy) in mental health. The specific aspects of male and female co-therapy team will be emphasized including its benefits for clients, families, and therapists themselves. On top of that, we would also like to demonstrate our non-pathologizing approach in which we try to avoid language of deficit and disease model during therapy process and focus on interaction
patterns and experiential dimension instead.


We are looking forward to discussion with the participants of the workshop about their experience, the introduced interdisciplinary collaboration including specific aspects of male and female co-therapy team.

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