About the program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend our upcoming patient and family event.

Program Description

This event will provide an opportunity for individuals coping with emotional and interpersonal difficulties, their family, friends, treaters and others to learn about psychodynamic psychotherapy and become actively involved in the treatment of someone they care about. The program will offer meaningful guidance and clinical expertise from academic clinicians. We will share our vision of modern psychodynamic therapies that are patient-centered and oriented towards relief of emotional distress and improved satisfaction in one’s relationships.

Morning Agenda

A faculty member will discuss the benefits of individual psychodynamic psychotherapy for exploring and addressing life’s challenges in a unique manner. Presenters will also discuss treatments for couples looking to improve their relationships.

Afternoon Agenda

After lunch, the program will feature a panel of patients speaking about their experiences with psychotherapy. It will also feature a discussion of the use of group psychotherapy to address interpersonal challenges. The program concludes with a speaker discussing an approach to combining psychotherapy with medication management by considering the patient’s experience of taking medication.

About the Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of eight decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.

Center for Psychodynamic Therapy

The Mass General Center for Psychodynamic Therapy promotes training and scholarship in psychodynamic approaches to mental health care. A major goal is to educate the next generation of mental health clinicians about the power of this kind of treatment. In dynamic psychotherapy, the doctor-patient relationship is central to the work itself. This work often involves helping people deal with common life difficulties, including developmental problems, conflicts and vulnerabilities, and the impact of biologically-driven mental illness on one’s life. Clinicians affiliated with the Center for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy teach Mass General trainees and staff at all levels about using the clinician-patient relationship as a laboratory for understanding and healing emotional and psychological distress and for giving patients more effective tools to cope with life stressors. The Center promotes scholarship on the scientific efficacy of psychodynamic treatments and supports the professional development of clinicians who use this approach in a variety of health care settings.

Psychiatry Academy

The Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. In 2010, the Psychiatry Academy assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center.

The Psychiatry Academy now provides free educational programs for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.



9:15-10:00 am  Check-in
10:00-10:15 am

Welcome and Introduction
Carl D. Marci, MD

10:15-10:45am Individual Therapy: A Different Kind of Relationship that Promotes Healing  
Robert J. Waldinger, MD
10:45-11:00 am Q&A

11:00-11:30 am

Couples Therapy: Saving the Dance
Richard Schwartz, MD & Jacqueline Olds, MD
11:30-11:45 am Q&A
 11:45 am-12:45 pm Lunch

 12:45-1:30 pm

Patient Panel
Moderated by Robert J. Waldinger, MD
1:30-1:45 pm Q&A
1:45-2:15 pm

Group Therapy: The Power of the Group to Change Relationship Patterns
Kathy Ulman, PhD

2:15-2:30 pm


2:30-3:00 pm  Combining Therapy with Medication Management: Understanding the Medication Experience
Brian J. Schulman, MD
3:00-3:15 pm


3:15 pm

End of Program


This program is made possible through the generosity of the Mass General Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.



Program Organizers

  • Rose Desilets, MBA, Business Manager and Registrar, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Grace Shanks, Senior Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Lynda Reid, PMP, Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital

Directions and Parking


The Starr Center Auditorium
Massachusetts General Hospital
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114


Due to the increasing demands of patient and patient visitor parking, Mass General is no longer able to support event parking in the Fruit Street, Parkman Street, Yawkey, or Charles River Plaza garages. Because of the hospital’s close proximity to the Charles/Mass General Red Line Station, the use of public transportation whenever possible for all events is highly recommended.

Note: Parking will no longer be discounted or validated free of charge.

Public Transportation

Take the MBTA Red Line to Charles/MGH or the Green Line or Orange line to North Station.


Contact US

Mass General Psychiatry Academy

Email: mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 866-644-7792

Support our work

How You Can Help

Charitable contributions are an increasingly important source of support for research, professional and public education and clinical care. Our community education programs are made possible by the generosity of individual and foundation donors. We welcome and appreciate contributions of any size and maintain donor confidentiality at all times.

To make a gift to support the public education programs of the Department of Psychiatry, please contact the Mass General Development Office by phone 617-726-2200 or visit us online.

For information on specific needs and giving opportunities, please call the Director of Development for Psychiatry at 617-724-8799.

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