The art of psychopharmacology

Dr Dimitrios Chartonas, Dr David Mintz, Dr Haroula Konstantinidou, Mr David Rogalski

75 minutes


June 2022



In this session, we will discuss the evidence base connecting meaning and medication. We will consider the patient’s psychology, the role of the placebo/ nocebo effect as well as the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in optimising prescribing outcomes. We will discuss the psychodynamics of pharmacologic treatment-resistance. Finally, we will explore the prescriber’s characteristics and the unconscious processes exerted on the prescriber to “get it right”.

Chair: Dr Dimitrios Chartonas, Camden and Islington Personality Disorder Service

The science of the art of pharmacotherapy and the pharmacotherapeutic alliance - Dr David Mintz, The Austen Riggs Centre, MA,USA

The psychodynamics of pharmacologic treatment - resistance - Dr Haroula Konstantinidou, Consultant Medical Psychotherapist, MRCPsych, Leicestershire Partnership Trust

Trying to get it right: guidelines and the unconscious processes of prescribing - Mr David Rogalski, Lead Pharmacist, Islington Practice Based Mental Health Team (PBMHT) and Core Mental Health Team



Non-Member: £34

Member: £23

Higher Trainees/SAS Doctors: £18

Core Trainees/Subsided*/Retired/Medical Students/FY Doctors: £12




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