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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Objectives

The child and adolescent psychiatry residency is designed to provide trainees with the clinical experience, knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide excellent psychiatric care to children and their families.

Training is focused upon development of the residents’ ability to provide medically sound and ethically informed clinical care, both as a direct provider and as an effective consultant, within complex systems of care delivery. Development of effective interpersonal communication and leadership skills, as well as skills which will allow the trainee to continue to develop as a child psychiatrist upon completion of the training program, are emphasized.

Residents are taught to utilize a developmental perspective. Training is grounded in principles of child development, family functioning, biological determinants of behavior, psychodynamic principles, and the cultural and social factors which affect children's lives. Emphasis is placed upon residents' direct work with a broad mix of patients and families in a variety of clinical settings spanning the full spectrum of the continuum of care.