Psychotherapy Committee


Robert Goisman, MD







Margaret Tuttle, MD








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Committee History (Robert Goisman, MD and Margaret Tuttle, MD)

The MPS Psychotherapy Committee has been in existence since about 2012. Its first chairs were Cathy Schen, M.D. and Robert M. Goisman, M.D.  In 2016 Dr. Schen stepped down and Margaret C. Tuttle, M.D. joined Dr. Goisman as committee co-chairs.  Its purpose is to encourage psychiatrists to practice psychotherapy as well as pharmacotherapy, forensic psychiatry, and other forms of psychiatric practice. 

To this end we have been sponsoring Continuing Medical Education programs on various aspects of the practice of psychotherapy at a frequency of about every 12-18 months.  Our most recent conference was “Real World Psychiatry:  Adapting Psychotherapy to Diverse Treatment Settings” in September, 2016.  Our next conference, “Psychosocial Treatments for Persons with Psychosis”, will be taking place on December 9, 2017 at Mass. Medical Society headquarters.

From time to time we also engage in other activities designed to facilitate the practice of psychotherapy by psychiatrists.  Dr. Tuttle serves as a liaison between our committee and the American Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Caucus, which is itself chaired by MPS member Dr. Eric Plakun and which is a group with aims similar to our committee on the national level.  We are in the process of compiling a directory of institutions sponsoring CME courses on various types of psychotherapy (psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, etc.).  Further, we hope to find a way in which to incorporate information about types of psychotherapy practiced by each member when the new MPS membership directory comes out.

Our committee is diverse and eclectic, and we are proud to include members with varying theoretical orientations and types of practice.  We strongly believe that we have much to learn from each other, that we have more in common than we have differences, and that we can help each other and our profession much more by working together than we can by theoretical arguments and disagreements.  We are always open to new members and hope that this is of interest to the Society as a whole. 



Charge: Educate MPS members on the provision of a variety of psychotherapy and psychosocial treatment modalities in the practice of general psychiatry. Coordinate with Health Care Systems and Finance and Public Sector Committees on areas of advocacy around the funding of these treatments.

Role(s): Primary (Education (major CME)), Secondary (Advocacy)

Mission Statement: The MPS Psychotherapy Committee is a group of MPS member psychiatrists with a special interest in psychotherapy and psychosocial treatment. Our mission is to support and promote the role of psychotherapy provision in psychiatric practice. We advocate that psychotherapy continue as a major treatment modality used by psychiatrists including all types of psychotherapy, especially dynamic and cognitive-behavioral modalities be practiced by psychiatrists in psychiatric practice.

Committee work that supports our mission includes:  
1. Holding an annual MPS Psychotherapy conference,
2. Collecting information from and communicating in- formation to MPS Membership and organizations committed to psychotherapy, such as the APA Psychotherapy Caucus,
3. Supporting and educating psychiatry residents interested in psychotherapy by increasing resident  recruitment  to  the  committee,
4. Functioning as a work/study group on psychotherapy related issues,
5. Exploring avenues for political action and advocacy, both within and outside of our profession.



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