The Author briefly describes his experience as Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Bologna, Italy, in the training of psychiatric residents in psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis since the 1970s. The training program was both in the University Clinic and in the Community Mental Health Center. Beside seminars held by national and international experts, various techniques have been experimented: role playing, Balint groups, journal club and reading groups, video-recording of interviews, small group supervisions, theatre plays of clinical cases, narrative accounts of historical clinical cases accompanied by images and music, etc. Transcultural psychiatry was also emphasized, with the opening of a Center for immigrant patients. Finally, the shift of contemporary psychiatry towards biological and pharmacological models is discussed.
Keywords: Psychotherapy training in the University, psychoanalytic training, training in dynamic psychiatry, experimentations of training techniques, psychotherapy training at the psychiatric residency