FOR the past decade and more, psychoanalysts have shown an increasing concern with the application of their understanding of motivation and behavior to the needs of that vast majority of the community that never enters their office door. They participate in many of the various activities described under the term "Community Psychiatry". This includes research into the environmental factors related to emotional disorder, the development of programs of preventive psychiatry, and the large number of innovations in treatment that have recently been undertaken to provide comprehensive and continuous care for the psychologically impaired members of the community.1,2
This paper will report on the experience of a group of psychoanalytically trained clinicians as they applied their dynamic understanding of human behavior to mental health problems via community consultation, one small sector of community psychiatry practice. This presentation is based on work
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