Dr Luigi Caparrotta

Dr Luigi Caparrotta, is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He works in the NHS for Camden and Islington Foundation Trust and in private practice. He has published a number of papers on clinical issues including shame, psychotherapy assessment and use of e-technology in psychoanalysis. He is a contributor to the recently published book on Medical Psychotherapy. He is the founding member of the British-Italian Psychoanalytical Dialogue.

Brief Outline of Lecture: 

The purpose of this presentation is to examine the issue of assessment in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy. Suitability in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is a complex and vexed issue which requires attention and expertise. We can regard the assessment process as the front shop of our psychoanalytic profession and inevitably it will influence the way in which the patient is prepared for future work in any form of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. There are a number of important factors to consider from the way the patient is received to the way the patient is left. There will be ample time for clinical material and discussion, in order to establish a fruitful dialogue with the audience and listen to various points of view.

Some useful references:

Ghaffari, K & Caparrotta L (2004) The Function of assessment within psychological therapies, Karnac, London

Garelick, A (1994) Psychotherapy Assessment: Theory and Practice. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 8(2): 101-16

Coltart, N (19860 Diagnosis and assessment of suitability for psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Contemporary psychoanalysis, 22(4): 560-569

Roth, A & Fonagy P (2006) What works for whom?  The Guildford Press

Medical Psychotherapy (2016) Yakeley, Johnston, Adshead, Allison Eds. Oxford University Press