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Psychotherapy Curriculum


Psychotherapy Curriculum


The psychotherapy curriculum is a longitudinal series of educational activities that occur throughout the residency, beginning in the first postgraduate year. The curriculum emphasizes theoretical and practical applications of major psychotherapeutic modalities. Various formats are used including didactic instruction, clinical experiences, individual and group supervisory experiences, structured time with a psychotherapist and a cognitive behavioralist, simulated exercises, and recorded material.

The psychotherapy program is designed for residents to achieve competency in brief therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, psychodynamic therapy, and supportive therapy. Residents also gain proficiency in understanding family systems and couples therapy, with additional psychotherapy training opportunities available based on the resident’s personal interests.

PGY 1:

Courses: Introduction to Psychotherapy, Introductory Interviewing, Crisis Interventions and Brief Techniques
Clinical interviewing and simulated 30-minute exercises: therapeutic rapport and the doctor/patient relationship
Clinical emphasis: Developing supportive therapeutic relationships in adult inpatient and crisis-oriented settings

PGY 2:

Courses: Introduction to Outpatient Practice, Advanced Interviewing, Supportive Psychotherapy, Crisis Interventions and Brief Techniques, Group Psychotherapy Seminar, Family & Couples Therapy, Clinical interviewing and simulated 30-minute exercises: therapeutic rapport and identifying opportunities for psychotherapeutic interventions
Clinical emphasis: Supportive psychotherapeutic interventions and understanding family systems in various clinical settings, including geriatric, child & adolescent and chronically mentally ill patients; elementary concepts of psychodynamic formulation of patients with serious mental illness

The outpatient clinic experience begins in January of the second year, four hours weekly.

PGY 3:

Courses: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, Psychotherapy Case Conference, Introductory Psychoanalysis, Introduction to Clinical Practice, Family & Couples Therapy, Advanced Interviewing, Combined Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy, DBT, Crisis Interventions and Brief Techniques

Residents participate in the weekly Psychotherapy Case Conference.
Clinical interviewing and simulated exercises: advanced application of psychotherapy skills
Clinical emphasis: Continuation of the outpatient experience, with participation in various psychotherapeutic modalities; exposure to diverse clinical, cultural, and demographic population (including children and adolescents); added emphasis on treating patients with psychiatric complications of HIV, dual diagnosis, cardiac illness, and PTSD.
Supervision: In addition to faculty outpatient supervisors, residents work 1:1 with a faculty psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor and a cognitive behavioralist longitudinally.
The third year is dedicated exclusively to clinical outpatient experiences.

PGY 4:

Courses: Innovations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy Case Conference, Introductory Psychoanalysis, Brief Psychotherapeutic Interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Major Depression, Family & Couples Therapy, Combined Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy, DBT, Crisis Interventions and Brief Techniques

Residents participate in the weekly Psychotherapy Case Conference.
Clinical interviewing and simulated exercises: advanced application of psychotherapy skills
Clinical emphasis: Continuation of the outpatient experience, with patient participation in various psychotherapeutic modalities; family and couples therapeutic experiences.
Supervision: In addition to faculty outpatient supervisors, residents may continue to work 1:1 with a faculty psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor, participate in group psychotherapeutic supervision, and utilize process notes.
Electives: Additional psychotherapy training opportunities, including advanced cognitive behavior certification are available, based on the individual resident’s educational goals.
The resident outpatient experience continues one-half day weekly throughout the fourth year.