The ‘common wisdom’ (i.e. in the gutter press) about psychiatry seems to suggest that psychiatrists diagnose (based on systems like ICD and DSM), and then reach for the prescription pad. This may be a peculiarly American view. In online psychiatry groups elsewhere around the world, there are lively discussions about how to do various forms of psychotherapy and whether psychoanalytic thinking retains its currency. This 1995 paper seems to suggest that a percentage of psychiatrists had skills in marital and family therapies, and were actively seeking continuing medical education in these fields. Perhaps it is time for a follow-up survey. I wonder whether we would be find anything different?
Download here: Continuing Medical Education in Marital and Family Therapy
Allison, S., Powrie, R., Pearce, C. & Martin, G., 1995. Continuing Medical Education in Marital and Family Therapy. Australian and New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry, 29:4, 638-644.