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Back to the Future of Community Psychiatry 

Back to the Future of Community Psychiatry
Back to the Future of Community Psychiatry

David Saunders

and Kenneth Minkoff

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date: 30 June 2022

The present historical moment in community psychiatry is witnessing a rebirth of the values of the founders of the field, as early career psychiatrists seek to carry their mantle into the future. Although a number of forces have colluded to make such work difficult, aspiring community psychiatrists are electing to go “Back to the Future,” tapping into the foundational wisdom of the community psychiatry movement. Through case examples, personal reflection, and discussion, two values in particular are discussed in this chapter: working with those persons who are most in need (i.e., the “difficult” patients) and working with challenging and at-risk populations. The overall aim of this chapter is to motivate future community psychiatrists to adopt and implement these values on their own journey Back to the Future.

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