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Crash Course in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

During the first week of each academic year, all fellows participate in this short course, which is conducted in collaboration with the SUNY Buffalo CAP Fellowship, and focuses on a brief review of all the major topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a particular focus on working with youth and providing content relevant to new Child Psychiatry Residents.

Development Seminar

An 8 week intensive course which occurs during the first year, approximately 6 hours per week of instruction time, focusing on major topics in Development.

Psychotherapy Seminar

This course occurs in the first year and is led by Child Psychiatry and Child Psychology Faculty and attended by trainees from both disciplines.  The focus is on psychotherapy treatment techniques and evidence based psychotherapies for children and adolescents.

Psychopathology and Treatment Seminar

This seminar occurs through both years and includes an overview of the most common psychopathologies affecting children and adolescents and approaches to treatment.  It is taught in topic "clusters" with discrete presentations on pathology, treatment, psychopharmacology, and a journal club for each topic.

Classic Readings and Case Formulation Seminar

Both first and second year residents participate in this series focusing on the works of thought leaders in the field and developing comprehensive biopsychosocial formulations for cases.

Independent Project

An important part of the second year's curriculum is the expectation that the resident will engage in an independent project. One day of the schedule for 6 months is allotted to this activity, which can take a number of forms. Some residents choose to design and carry out a limited clinical research project in collaboration with research faculty. Others elect to examine a clinical or theoretical question in depth through literature review.  Part of this time can also be spent on elective clinical experiences depending on the educational goals of the individual trainee.  Faculty are readily available to advise and assist in this process and to support the resident in the presentation of the results at the end of the year.  All residents present their project in poster form at the annual department Trainee Poster Day.

Training Context

In addition to the residency in Child Psychiatry, the Department of Psychiatry sponsors a nationally recognized training program in Clinical Child Psychology. Five child psychology interns and two child psychology postdoctoral fellows participate in this program. While child psychiatry faculty provide the majority of the teaching and supervision for the child psychiatry residents, child psychology faculty enrich and inform the program. The clinical activities at SMH are all interdisciplinary in nature, and the interaction between the two advanced training programs is lively and constructive.

Medical student education is a central part of the mission of the Department of Psychiatry, and there are many opportunities for child psychiatry residents to teach and interact with medical students in both pre-clinical and clinical situations.