Instructor Cites Need for Good Psychiatrists
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THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Sunday, Aug. 6, 1972 Eyes Improved Methods Instructor Cites Need For Good Psychiatrists By Margaret Martin Times Medical Writer Dr. John N. Richie thinks "there's a crying need for good psychiatrists" to meet the men-tal health needs of the nation. He intends "to work toward that end," he said of his new position as assistant professor of psychiatry at Louisiana State University Medical School at Shreveport. Richie, a native of Chatham, and a graduate of LSU School of M e d i c i n e in New Orleans, comes to Shreveport from Mc- Connell Air Force Base, Kan., where he was a major and chief of the Mental Health Clinic. He was a Fellow of the Menninger School of Psychiatry, Kansas. He entered academic psychia-try, he said, because he feels there is a need to develop 'more and better methods of delivering mental health to the people." He is especially interested in psychotherapy, the method of dealing with patients, drawing them out, getting them "to resolve their c o n f l i c t s and change their lives." "Primarily, I am interested in teaching others to work with people,'' he said, in an interview at the Psychiatry Department's Linwood Apartment Complex office. Psychotherapy is much more complicated than "talking to people" and students must be taught the methods of reaching their patients. "Such as having a person see a patient in psychotherapy — he reports what has transpired. We discuss it with him and help see what further steps he needs to take." Richie said. Psychiatrist-teachers tell their students "not to let their own conflicts enter the relationship established with the patient" and "we help him work through the various phases of psycho-therapy." Another lesson is "how to help and care for people through psychotherapy." Students must also learn, he said, to be at ease when they Dr. John N. Richie talk to a patient, "and not be afraid to hear what the person has to say — an important part of any person's job, to be a good listener, to hear, really hear . . . " They, must learn not to cancel out what the patient has to say. In psychiatry as in all of medicine "we help some, cure others — it depends on the patient — and mutual goals." At McConnell, Richie set up the Social Actions Office for treatment of drug users. The base, he said "had a very big problem" with drug abu-sers. The men ranged from airmen to sergeant, were age 18 to 25 and came from all areas 01 | the country. Some had recently returned from Vietnam. The largest percentage of the men were smoking marijuana and hashish and taking LSD, amphetamines and mescaline or hash, but some returning from Vietnam used heroin, Dr. Richie said. Under the military's new privileged communication pro-gram, personnel can voluntarily seek help without penalty for use of drugs.
|Title||Instructor Cites Need for Good Psychiatrists|
Richie, John N.
Psychiatry Department (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport)
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