Culture/Psychiatry: 2014 PsychSIGN Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Panels with clinicians, scholars, and graduate students Presentations on the path to becoming a psychiatrist or psychoanalyst Breakfast and lunch provided To register, contact Ashley Sterchele, Regional Co-chair at by November 1, 2014, and visit us online at Free and open to the public! Street parking and easy public transportation by the regional rail! Many researchers presently hope to find the cause of mental illness in the biology of the brain. Yet a vocal contingent is discontented with what they see as an overly narrow view: they eschew models that privilege neuroscience, and argue for models that recognize the profound role society and culture have on shaping the development of minds and personalities. Clinicians of course, acknowledge the psychosocial dimension already in the so-called culture-bound syndromes (e.g. koro, and ataque de nervios). And new research in medical anthropology has begun to demonstrate that even the florid symptoms of psychosis, such as the content of delusions or hallucinations, appear to express the wider culture. Can psychiatry explain—much less treat—the ‘biopsychosocial’ illnesses by reducing them to underlying diseases of the brain? Or must psychiatry make room for perspectives in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, and progress as a humanist branch of medicine? Sponsors Psychiatry Interest Group Network Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry Drexel Medicine Department of Psychiatry Temple Medicine Department of Psychiatry

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