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Unread May 19th, 2006, 04:24 PM
James Pretzer James Pretzer is offline
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Default CBT and Psychiatry

I'm not sure that Psychiatry has been particularly slow to embrace CBT, at least in the US. Certainly, psychoanalysis was quite entrenched in psychiatric circles at first, but that's changed quite a bit over the past 25 years. These days, CBT is one of the "core competencies" that all psychiatry residents in the US are expected to master by the time they complete their residencies. (This, of course, does not mean that they necessarily master CBT or practice CBT)

My sense is that, in the US at least, psychiatrists face considerable time pressure and economic pressure that makes it difficult for them to practice much psychotherapy of any sort. They find it hard to do much therapy because it is difficult for them to see patients frequently enough and for long enough appointments.

Would any psychiatrists care to comment?
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