Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology

April 27, 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This course addresses the many aspects of combining medication and psychotherapeutic treatment, including the meaning of medication to the patient, a review of recent social/medical history as it pertains to the prescription of psychoactive medications, the dilemma experienced by the prescribing psychiatrist working with both mind and brain, and the potential complications that entail following the development of split transference phenomena. Attendees are welcome to present brief clinical vignettes for discussion.

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and apply appropriate clinical techniques when helping the patient adjust to being on medication
  • Explain and analyze acting out in the pharmacological context
  • Describe and address the countertransference phenomena in the relationship between prescriber and therapist
  • Discuss with the patient the symbolic and relational meaning of “the pill” in a clinically correct way

Bruce Gainsley, MD, is an analytically informed general psychiatrist in private practice, past Director of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Elena Ortiz-Portillo, MD, is an attending physician at San Fernando Mental Health Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and  Bio-behavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She supervises and lectures psychiatry residents at the UCLA/Olive View Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

$55 Pre-registration, $65 at the door, $30 Student Rate


Target Audience: This conference will be informative for mental health clinicians from all disciplines at every level of development and students as well.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of ths CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.