Post-graduation in psychiatry in Germany demands good language skills as well as passion towards the subject. The field of psychiatry and psychotherapy covers the prevention, detection and somatotherapeutic, psychotherapeutic and socio-psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation of mental illnesses and mental disorders in connection with physical illnesses and toxic injuries taking into account their psychosocial components, psychosomatic relations and forensic aspects

Medical Post-graduation in psychiatry in Germany  training time:

60 months for further education at a further education centre

• 24 months in inpatient psychiatric and psychotherapeutic care
• 12 months in Neurology
• can be counted up to 12 months in the area of specialization of the area
• Up to 12 months of child psychiatry and psychotherapy and/or psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy or 6 months in the field of internal medicine or in general medicine, neurosurgery or neuropathology can be counted
• can be spent/credited up to 24 months in the outpatient area

Medical Post-graduation in psychiatry in Germany curriculum: Acquisition of knowledge, experience and skills in –


  • the psychiatric history and assessment –
  • the general and special psychopathology –
  • psycho-diagnostic test procedures and neuropsychological diagnostics –
  • the conditions of origin, forms, detection and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders –
  • disease prevention, early detection, prevention, relapse prevention including family counselling, crisis intervention, addiction and suicide prophylaxis –
  • the detection and treatment of behavioural problems in childhood and adolescence –
  • disease prevention, detection and treatment of addictions including intoxications, detoxification and Withdrawal, motivational treatment and withdrawal treatment, including cooperation with the addiction treatment system –
  • the additional specialist area related to specialist expertise Education Primary care addiction as an integral part of further education including substitution therapy for opiate addiction –
  • the recognition and treatment of mental illnesses for people with learning and mental disabilities –
  • the basics of social psychiatry –
  • the basics of psychosocial therapies and indications for ergo-therapeutic, sport and movement therapy, music and art therapy –
  • the treatment of chronically mentally ill people, especially in cooperation with complementary institutions and community psychiatry
  • the practical application of scientifically recognized psychotherapy procedures and methods, in particular, cognitive behavioural therapy or deep psychological psychotherapy –
  • the recognition and treatment of geronto-psychiatric disorders taking into account interdisciplinary aspects –
  • the neurobiological bases of mental disorders, the fundamentals of neuro-psychiatric differential diagnosis and clinical neurological diagnostics including electrophysiology –
  • consultation and liaison psychiatry and psychotherapy
  • the detection and treatment of mental disorders due to disorders of sleep-wake regulation, pain perception and sexual development and functions, including disorders of sexual identity –
  • territorial drug therapy including drug monitoring, the detection and prevention of adverse treatment effects and the problems of multiple prescriptions and the Risks of drug misuse –
  • crisis intervention, supportive procedures and counselling –
  • the foundations of forensic psychiatry –
  • the application of legislation on the placement, care and treatment of the mentally ill

Medical Post-graduation in psychiatry in Germany  Further education in the neurology section –


  • Disease theory of neurological diseases –
  • Methodology and technique of the neurological anamnesis –
  • Methodology and technique of neurological examination –
  • Indication, implementation and evaluation of neurophysiological and neuropsychological examination and treatment methods –
  • Indication, execution and evaluation of electroencephalography and evoked potentials –
  • Basics the somato- and pharmacotherapy of neurological diseases

This course structure has been copied from Weiterbildungsordnung für die Ärzte Bayerns vom 24. April 2004 – in der Fassung der Beschlüsse vom 21. Oktober 2017 Bayerische Landesärztekammer. Information ohne Gewähr. Translation is provided for information purposes only.  The original information you can find at www.blaek.de/

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