The new German specialist for psychiatry and psychotherapy and its consequences for advanced training programs

F. Hohagen*, M. Berger

*Corresponding author for this work
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In May 1992 the German Council of Physicians decided that in the future there will no longer be a specialist in psychiatry, but, only a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy. This decision has enormous consequences for the psychiatric training of residents specializing in the field in Germany. Psychotherapy is now an integral part of psychiatry and must be completely included in training programs. The period of advanced training in the future will encompass five years instead of four years. The future curriculum for psychiatrists is far more structured and includes many more regulations than was formerly the case. The specialist in the field must acquire equal competence on the somatic, social-psychiatric, psychopathological and psychotherapeutic levels, followed by their subsequent integration into diagnosis and therapy. Practical experience in psychotherapy must be acquired in both a primary and secondary method. The only methods capable of recognition as the primary method are psychodynamic psychotherapy and behaviour-cognitive therapy. The secondary method will be restricted to psychodynamic psychotherapy, behaviour-cognitive therapy and client-centered therapy. The principle aim of the new specialist physician regulations in Germany is to achieve a multi-dimensional approach to the diagnoses and treatment of psychiatric disorders corresponding to the complex nature of psychiatric illness.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Psychiatry
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)265-271
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1994

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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