Presentations for Your Group

Steven A. Frankel, MD, and James A. Bourgeois, OD, MD are available for presentations to your group on the topics below. We offer one-hour or 90-minute talks and seminars, and half-day or full-day workshops.

Management of Complex Treatments using a Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Team

Developing and managing a treatment team is a remarkably complicated process. The treatment coordinator (in our model, the Medical-Psychiatric Coordinating Physician, “MPCP”) must integrate all the information required to understand a multifaceted case; speak knowledgeably with the other professionals involved; understand the complex dynamics that are inevitable when patient, multiple providers, and often family members are involved; prioritize the clinical issues; monitor the ongoing clinical process; and synthesize all these components to insure the most powerful result. As the strategist-coordinator for the treatment team, the MPCP also develops and follows outcome measures for monitoring the work. These are collaboratively set and repeatedly revised in the dialogue between the patient, team members, and the MPCP.

Clearly, the MPCP’s job is complex and challenging. Also, it is always in flux as the patient’s or family’s needs change, or as differing, at times conflicting, opinions develop among team members. In these presentations, Frankel and Bourgeois use detailed clinical material to illustrate how the MPCP works. They refer to the current literature as they and the group develop a model for the MPCP’s role in the case or cases being discussed.

Collaborative Treatment and Comprehensive Assessment Methods

In these presentations, Steve Frankel, at times co-presenting with a colleague, elaborates on the collaborative treatment method and comprehensive assessment process developed at the Center for Collaborative Psychiatry, Medicine and Psychology. The assessment and treatment described are conducted according to the principles elaborated in Steve Frankel’s five books and published articles, including his most recent co-authored book, Comprehensive Care for Complex Patients. Elaborated and emphasized are clinical “truing measures,” devices through which the clinician can check and enhance the accuracy of the evolving clinical process.

Frankel’s presentations begin by describing this model of treatment. Aspects of the clinical processes highlighted include the authenticity and mutual discovery required in any effective clinical process. Also illustrated is the subjectivity of the clinical situation as it restricts the certainty of both the clinician’s and the patient’s impressions, underscoring the requirement that the two engage in a dedicated collaborative effort as they find their way.

In some sessions, a psychologist-assessor continues by describing his or her part in the evaluation and treatment process. The balance of the presentation is devoted to one or more case presentations.

To schedule a presentation for your group, please contact us.