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Didactics Curriculum

Our fellows enjoy dedicated academic half days on Tuesday mornings where they are provided protected time for didactics. We have a core theme topic designated for every month. We cover diagnosis, epidemiology, clinical interview, psychopharmacological treatment, psychotherapy modalities, case conferences, hallmark articles, and the AACAP practice parameters related to the specific core topic.

For example, August 2016 was identified as our “Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Delay” month. Our speakers included our current core faculty from child psychiatry, a retired faculty member with 30+ years of experience with autism, child psychologists from Medical Psychology, a local school psychologist, a pediatric occupational therapist, a pediatric speech pathologist, and our university’s CARD (Center for Autism Related Disorders) representatives.

Psychotherapy training for our fellows is provided by a variety of faculty, including Dr. Michael Shapiro, winner of the prestigious AACAP 2014 Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy award. Our growing psychotherapy curriculum includes formal didactics on PCIT (parent-child interaction therapy), ABA (applied behavior analysis), psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, supportive, and interpersonal psychotherapies, as well as various family therapy modalities. We have monthly interdisciplinary case conferences where fellows discuss their psychotherapy cases. We employ role play and a one-way mirror room to practice and demonstrate psychotherapy skills as well. In the last two years, most of our fellows have chosen to use their elective time to learn even more about PCIT.

Each fellow is also assigned 2 hours per week of protected time for individual supervision to discuss their patients, including their psychotherapy cases. Typically, one of the supervisors is a child psychiatrist and the other a child psychologist, so each fellow can seek supervision for their therapy cases based on their needs.