Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 167--168

Practice Guidelines for Core Competencies in Psychotherapy


Mrugesh Vaishnav 
 Director Samvedana Happiness Hospital, National President Indian Psychiatry Society

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Vaishnav M. Practice Guidelines for Core Competencies in Psychotherapy.Indian J Psychiatry 2020;62:167-168


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Vaishnav M. Practice Guidelines for Core Competencies in Psychotherapy. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Feb 21 ];62:167-168
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The Indian Psychiatric Society has always put benchmarks and milestones in the field of mental health. With advances in the field of medical science and psychiatry, we are going from an era of psych to neurotransmission 7 the age of psychotherapy to neurostimulation techniques.

With extraordinary progress in the neurosciences and psychopharmacology in recent years, some psychiatrists have de-emphasized psychotherapy practice.

However, a significant number of postgraduate trainees, educators, and private practitioners have decried the loss of the “MIND” in the increasing emphasis on the biological basis of mental illness and shift toward somatic treatments as predominant therapeutic strategy in psychiatry.

This shift in the emphasis has been compounded by the common practice in our managed care era of “Split Treatment,” meaning that a psychiatrist is often relegated to seeing the patient for brief medical management session, while the psychotherapy is conducted by a mental health professional from another discipline. This shift in emphasis has now created considerable concern among psychiatry students and practitioners.

The importance of psychotherapy in psychiatric practice has recently been reaffirmed to establish core competencies in psychiatric practice.

As a part of process of adapting core competencies to psychiatry, the reasonable competence is required in different forms of psychotherapy.

True expertise in psychotherapy requires many years of experience with skilled supervision and consultation. However, the basic tools can be learned by any psychiatrist to deliver necessary treatments to broad range of patients they encounter.

Looking to the growing need, the clinical practice guideline task force of Indian Psychiatric Society has focused in this year 2019–2020 on “Psychotherapies and Alternative Methods of Treatment in Psychiatry” – this field in psychiatry has been covered for the first time.

These practice guidelines have been formulated after 2 days of intensive discussions and draft guideline presentations by expert working groups in the respective field. This was revised by the core committee of experts.

I appreciate the utmost care taken by the task force to ensure that the material is original, culturally relevant, and attuned to a general Indian setting.

The clinical practice guideline task force under the worthy leadership of Prof. Shiv Gautam has come out with different guidelines on various clinical areas for over one and half decade.

I congratulate the Chairperson Prof. Shiv Gautam, Vice Chairperson Prof. Sandeep Grover, Convener Dr. Siddharth Sarkar, all group authors, coauthors, and members for their hard work in preparing this most awaited practice, “Clinical Practice Guidelines for Psychotherapies and Alternative Methods of Treatment in Psychiatry.”

I put on record the hard work and commitment shown by the Editor of Indian Journal of Psychiatry Dr. Om Prakash Sing and his team to provide us a world-class practice guideline for psychotherapy and alternative methods of treatment in psychiatry.

It's my proud privilege to place before you the outcome of intensive hard work. If you are practicing in India, Indian practice guidelines prepared by apex psychiatric organization in India can be of immense help and important reference material in clinical practice and research and legal matters.

Long live Indian Psychiatric Society.