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Dear friends and colleagues,

as you know, in June 2017, in USA, the new edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2), edited by Vittorio Lingiardi (here the interviewand Nancy McWIlliams is published (here) by The Guilford Press. The italian publisher is Raffaello Cortina in Italy (available from 20th March 2018).

Other sponsoring organizations are: American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry; American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work; American Psychoanalytic Association; Association Européenne de Psychopathologie de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent; Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies; Division of Psychoanalysis (39) American Psychological Association; International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy; International Psychoanalytical Association; International Society of Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology.

The new manual is divided into 6 Sections. Each task force involves the participation of a group of experienced contributors and consultants.

The great ferment around the topic of diagnosis has always attracted scientific and clinical commitments, and that’s why we have catalyzed our interest in the PDM, particularly after the publication, in 2013, of the DSM-5. In June 2017, a PDM-2 conference was organized in collaboration with the New School for Social Research: Dept. of Psychology of New York, USA, to present the new edition of the manual (here). To celebrate the publication of the Manual’s Italian translation, we organized two conferences: 23 March (Aula Magna Rettorato Sapienza University of Rome) and 24 March (Aula Magna university of Milan). Moreover, another important initiative is the publication (hopefully, in July 2018) of a Special Issue of Psychoanalytic Psychology on the PDM-2, edited by Vittorio Lingiardi and Nancy McWilliams.

Compared to the previous edition, the PDM-2 is more empirically and clinically grounded and pays particular attention to the use of assessment tools and to the development of case formulations within the life cycle. Also for these reasons it is closer to the needs of the clinical and researchers.

The structural innovations are numerous. There are the five diagnostic chapters, each dedicated to an age group:

  • Infancy (0-3)
  • Children (4-11)
  • Adolescents (age 12-18)
  • Adults
  • Elderly

In addition to the five diagnostic chapters, the PDM-2, included two new important sections:

  •  Assessment within the PDM-2 Framework
  •  Clinical Illustrations and PDM-2 Profiles

And a section containing all the Psychodiagnostic Charts (PDC-2 Adults, PDC-A Adolescents, PDC-C Childhood, PDC-IEC Early Childhood, PDC-E Elderly):

  • Appendix. Psychodiagnostic Charts (PDCs)

Moreover, the wide final section (about 450 pages), dedicated in the previous edition to the “Conceptual and Research Foundations for a Psychodynamically Based Classification System for Mental Health Disorders”, was eliminated and replaced by a basic and easily available bibliography of publications.

This site, product for the willingness of Vittorio Lingiardi and Franco Del Corno, also aims to be a dialog window with all the people (students, colleagues, professionals) interested in the advancement of dynamic psychology in Italy. In this sense, as you can see by browsing in it, we will include information and recommendations on many issues that, for years, engages us in the field of diagnosis and research.

The site will also contain reviews and recommendations of books and conferences significant to the scientific debate.

To all: good luck with your work,

Vittorio Lingiardi e Franco Del Corno 

NY, 2-3 JUNE 2017
AIP Milazzo 2015
DSM-5 e PDM-2 day
IPA-Boston 2015