Off The Couch #12 Conclusion

The conclusion to our interview series showcases a testimonial about Dr. Daniel P. Brown from Dr. Caroline Baltzer.

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Caroline Baltzer: So, Dan, you’ve talked about all these different things, and I’m aware that, in trying to get all the wisdom from you, it’s because you have more wisdom than any other psychologist that I know about. And in my asking about how to get little bits for myself, and for my colleagues, and for other people who are interested in listening to this, I’m certainly also aware that you have an ability to recall, and remember, and dive deeply, and do things that other people are not always able to do; whether that’s because of your mind-training through meditation, or your photographic memory, or your large library, or the other ways in which you’re gifted. I am also aware that you have taken so much of your knowledge in all of these different fields, and you have distilled it down for us so that we can just take it, that’s already readymade, and that we can use it in our work with our patients. And that’s such an incredible gift, and it’s made me a much better psychologist, and that was all post formal training.

Dan Brown: I learned that by running an internship for psychologists, and we trained psychologists, and medical students, and psychiatric residents. What I learned early on was that they were too damn busy to actually do the research that was necessary. So, as a senior teaching faculty, what they needed was for me to distill it down to them and spoon-feed it to them. Then, they can learn it way better, because my function is to do the work of reading everything, weed out the irrelevancies from the main findings, and present them just with the main findings that they can use. That became a good model for teaching over the years.

Caroline Baltzer: I’m glad that you were aware that you were good at doing all of those things and that you took enjoyment in it, and that the Danforth fellowship was in existence, and that the University of Chicago saw fit to give that to you, because it’s so incredible to have access to such information that a psychologist wouldn’t otherwise have without doing all of that work themselves. And you’re right, we don’t have time to do it.

Dan Brown: But I got a lot out of it too because I’m always intellectually curious, and I learned so much. So, for purely selfish reasons, I get to explore the whole field of psychology.

Watch the full clinical interview series:

1. Meet Dr. Daniel P. Brown 
2. Overview of Trauma Treatment
3. Attachment Disturbances 
4. CCRT (Core Conflictual Relationship Themes)
5. Three Pillars Approach (Treatment for Attachment)
6. Teaching Psychology
7. Conversion Disorders 
8. Factitious & Dissociative Disorder
9. Psychological Assessments
10. Bipolar Disorder Treatment
11. Trauma Bonding Maps
12. Conclusion 

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