Dear Friends and Colleagues,

At this time, the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2) (here), is an established and well-known diagnostic reality. In 2017, its second edition was published in the United States [Guilford Press, (click here) for the international presentation at the New School for Social Research, New York], and the Italian translation was published in March 2018 (Raffaello Cortina). Up until now, the PDM-2 has been translated or is currently being translated into several languages (including Chinese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Turkish).

In addition to the full version of the PDM-2, edited by Vittorio Lingiardi (click here for the interview) and Nancy McWilliams, the PDM-2 – Childhood and Adolescence/0-18 has now been released. Click here to retrieve the cover, the table of contents, and the introduction to the volume. For this special edition, Anna Maria Speranza joined the aforementioned PDM-2 Editors.

Along with the most important Sponsoring Organizations who supported the Manual [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 PDM-2 had the chance to count on IGAPSYD, the Italian Group for the Advancement and development of Psychodynamic Diagnosis – on which you can learn more by visiting this website.

Psychoanalytic Psychology, a publication of the Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, has devoted a Special Issue to the PDM-2 edited by Vittorio Lingiardi and Nancy McWilliams (see).

Furthermore, a second Special Issue on the PDM-2 was published in the Italian Journal of Psychology (Giornale Italiano di Psicologia) (see ).

In 2019, the PDM-2 Committee sponsored a Research Grant for Early Career Researchers (click here). Among several proposals, the Evaluation Committee members assigned five grants (four grants of $15,000 each, and one of $ 8,000).

Inspired by the psychodynamic formulations, the PDM-2 is based on clinical knowledge as well as empirical research, and gives primary attention to the most relevant assessment tools and clinical case illustrations. It also embraces a developmental perspective by rethinking diagnostic formulations according to the person’s life stage:

  • Infancy and Early Childhood (0–3)
  • Childhood (4–11)
  • Adolescence (12–18)
  • Adulthood
  • Later Life (Elderly).

Each section is complemented by a specific and user-friendly tool: the  Psychodiagnostic Charts (PDC-2), and versions of the PDC for all the PDM-2 age groups (PDC-A for Adolescence; PDC-C for Childhood; PDC-IEC for Infancy and Early Childhood; and PDC-E for Elderly).

Publisher Raffaello Cortina will soon release a web-based software for the assessment with the PDCs.  

But now let’s talk about this website. Created by Vittorio Lingiardi and Franco Del Corno, IGAPSYD (Italian Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamic Diagnosis) aims at providing a platform to enhance the dialogue within all individuals (students, colleagues, professionals) interested in promoting dynamic psychology in Italy.

The website also contains book reviews, references to national and international meetings, and other materials relevant for our scientific community.

Last but not least, every month we will try to update the Post-it section of this website with some reflections or comments on events and news that can be read through the lenses of both clinical psychology and psychodynamic traditions.

We invite all the readers to participate to our Post-it blog by sending comments or short papers (that should not exceed 3,000 characters), which will then be evaluated for publication.  

 

All the best for your work,

Vittorio Lingiardi and Franco Del Corno

NEWS

  • RESEARCH GRANT PDM-2
    Winners list
  • APA-SPECIAL ISSUE SUL PDM-2 PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOLOGY
    Check this link to see the complete index of dedicated PDM edition
  • CONVERSATION BETWEEN VITTORIO LINGIARDI AND NANCY MCWILLIAMS  – VIDEO
    Click to watch the conversation between Vittorio Lingiardi and Nancy McWilliams about PDM-2

NEWS

  • RESEARCH GRANT PDM-2
    Winners list
  • APA-SPECIAL ISSUE SUL PDM-2 PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOLOGY
    Check this link to see the complete index of dedicated PDM edition
  • CONVERSATION BETWEEN VITTORIO LINGIARDI AND NANCY MCWILLIAMS  – VIDEO
    Click to watch the conversation between Vittorio Lingiardi and Nancy McWilliams about PDM-2
  • IL PDM-2: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
    Aosta, 7th July 2018

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