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Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

This article written by Gardiner Harris of The New York Times reiterates what we helping professionals already know. We have been aware for some years now that psychotherapy is now the province of primarily psychologists and social workers. Not meaning to get into a fight with other helping professionals here but social workers are the largest providers of mental health services (talk therapy) in The United States. Now having said that this article was indeed sad to read. It spoke of a psychiatrist who no longer finds it financially feasible to practice his craft, psychotherapy. Dr. Donald Levin reports that his practice is now relegated to approximately 12-15 minutes per patient daily where he primarily serves in a medication management role.

I posted this article for several reasons : To formally acknowlege what has oft been discussed in the circles of helping professionals that psychiatrists although invaluable in every arena of skilled provision for mental health care are no longer at the forefront of counseling and therapeutic service delivery. Other professionals must now be prepared (as if we have not for years) accept the gauntlet of stepping forward and serving as full partners in the assessment, diagnosing and treatment of mental health disorders. The article makes significant points that lacking a medical school education should allow us to provide less expensive fees to provide services for more people. We must recognize this and after a medical assessment do what we do best. The article speaks to the idea that there is no discernible difference in quality between the two professions (psychiatry and clinical social work or psychology). As the least expensive practitioners it should enable us to move forward in our areas of expertise , learn more serve more. Please enjoy this article.

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy

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