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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology
 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Curriculum


Our curriculum covers two years in which the first year clinical and didactic experiences addresses essential skills and the second year allows the resident to use the block of elective time to gain intensive experiences in specific clinical, administrative and/or research areas.

The educational cycle i​s divided into a summer session from July to September and a September to June session. Classes and Seminars are taught by a diverse faculty group. Classes are held at the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) campuses. Participants from the UCH and CHCO psychology intern programs and the Harris Fellowship (Infant Mental Health) program add to the educational clinical experience. ​

Psychotherapy

A two year course that overviews various psychotherapeutic approaches (cognitive, behavioral, planned short-term), while highlighting an introduction to psychodynamic, child and adolescent psychotherapy.

Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds (CPGR)

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. CPGR is convened Tuesdays during the months of September thru June. This is a CME Category I accredited grand rounds sponsored by the CHCO CME and CHCO Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Presentations are clinically or research focused and multidisciplinary, from both within and outside the Division.

Classics in Child Development and Psychiatry Seminar

This is required for first year and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar convenes September thru June. CHCO psychology interns attend. This course alternates with Consultation Liaison and Systems-Based Practice. Foundational readings are presented and discussed (including major theories of development, psychopathology, developmental lines, developmental domains and major theoreticians such as Spitz, Erikson, Mahler, Ainsworth, Bowlby, Stern, Piaget, Kohlberg, and Freud) from before birth through young adulthood.

Residents are required to present articles and synthesis major teaching points.

Developmental Psychobiology Research Group Grand Rounds (DPRG)

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. DPRG is convened every 2nd & 4th Tuesday during the months of September thru May. This is a CME Category I accredited seminar presented in a grand rounds format focusing on psychobiologic developmental research. The faculty is multidisciplinary and inter-institutional from across the State of Colorado.

Developmental Psychopharmacology Case Conference and Seminar

This is required for first year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar is held for eight hours in the summer session and reconvenes on Tuesdays from January thru May. This seminar includes an overview of such issues as neurobiology, genetics, cultural/ethnic variations, best practice, clinical indications, target symptoms, and prescribing practices in the context of ongoing development. Both current technology and new advances are covered. Difficult psychopharmacologic cases are discussed and reviewed.

DC 0-3R Conference

This is required for first year and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. Harris Infant Mental Health Fellows and invited “young child“ community mental health and educators attend. The seminar convenes in August and is focused on use of a developmental assessment and diagnostic system, DC0-3R.

Diagnosis and Treatment Case Based Learning Seminar

This is required for first year and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. CHCO psychology interns attend this course. The seminar is held on Tuesdays alternating with DPRG and uses a case based learning, peer and individual self assessment format. The case integrates epidemiologic, nosologic systems, descriptive socio-cultural, systems, assessment, diagnosis, formulation, and treatment planning, from an integrated, biopsychosocial practice based learning perspective. The course readings are delivered with the case and additional readings are found using an evidenced based medicine model after the group established learning objectives.

Ethics Case Conference

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. Residents explore various aspects of biomedical ethics in four case conferences during July and August. Second year Residents are required to submit a formal case presentation reflective of an ethical dilemma or issue and using evidence based medicine techniques, find an article or articles for the group to review that elucidates current ethical knowledge applicable to the case.

Evidence Based Medicine Seminar

This is required for first year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. Residents learn principles of searching for, defining a clinical question and critically reviewing the literature to obtain articles of clinical relevance in 3 didactic sessions, 4 self guided online sessions and 5 in-clinic sessions. Residents who demonstrate knowledge about EBM principles will opt out after completing a search and presenting a case and article based on an active case in the UCH Outpatient Clinic.

Mock Board Course and Clinical Skills Examination

Mock Board Course and Clinical Skills Examination – This is required for first and second year psychiatry Residents. The course focuses on integrating the core competencies in a case based learning format. The first year Residents observe and participate in the knowledge, skills and attitude informed discussion and from February thru May interview patients culminating in a formal examination. Board certified child and adolescent psychiatry faculty provide education and feedback to Residents. All child and adolescent psychiatry Residents are required to take the Mock Board Exam annually. The first year Resident is responsible for arranging the patient, time and site for the “adolescent interview” examination with the dedicated faculty examiner. The first and second year Resident is responsible for arranging the adolescent patient during one of the available mock board course sessions.

Pediatric Consultation Liaison and Systems Based Practice Seminar

This is required for first year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar convenes September thru June. CHCO psychology interns attend. This seminar alternates with Classics in Child Development & Psychiatry. The seminar overviews systems based practice in child and adolescent psychiatry, for example, multiple roles for psychiatrists working within systems of care, principles and importance of family-driven and youth-guided care, cultural competence, and basic knowledge about child-serving systems in Colorado and the U.S.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Case Conference and Seminar

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar convenes September thru December. This seminar focuses on various psychotherapeutic theories (such Freudian, Jungian, and other analytic) and approaches (such as individual play psychotherapy). Residents demonstrate critical review of the literature. The case conference elements focus on application of technical points of applying psychodynamic principles in clinical practice, psychotherapy practice and evidenced based case reviews.

Resident Conferences

Residents meet with the Program Director, division head, and child and adolescent psychiatry chiefs.

Systems Based Practice Seminar

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. First year Residents review child serving systems and visit sites that are child serving systems. Second year Residents review principles of systems based practice, outline the structure of their community mental health placement, and discuss cases that elucidate systems of care, consultation, and liaison issues.

Substance Abuse Case Conference and Seminar

This is required for first year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The course convenes January to June. The addiction medicine fellows attend. The course includes supervision of Resident cases with readings and didactics focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders in children, adolescents and young adults.

Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds (CPGR)

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. CPGR is convened Tuesdays during the months of September thru June. This is a CME Category I accredited grand rounds sponsored by the CHCO CME and CHCO Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Presentations are clinically or research focused and multidisciplinary, from both within and outside the Division.

Classics in Child Development and Psychiatry Seminar

This is required for first year and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar convenes September thru June. CHCO psychology interns attend. This course alternates with Consultation Liaison and Systems-Based Practice. Foundational readings are presented and discussed (including major theories of development, psychopathology, developmental lines, developmental domains and major theoreticians such as Spitz, Erikson, Mahler, Ainsworth, Bowlby, Stern, Piaget, Kohlberg, and Freud) from before birth through young adulthood.

Residents are required to present articles and synthesis major teaching points.

Developmental Psychobiology Research Group Grand Rounds (DPRG)

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. DPRG is convened every 2nd & 4th Tuesday during the months of September thru May. This is a CME Category I accredited seminar presented in a grand rounds format focusing on psychobiologic developmental research. The faculty is multidisciplinary and inter-institutional from across the State of Colorado.

DC 0-3R Conference

This is required for first year and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. Harris Infant Mental Health Fellows and invited “young child“ community mental health and educators attend. The seminar convenes in August and is focused on use of a developmental assessment and diagnostic system, DC0-3R.

Diagnosis and Treatment Case Based Learning Seminar

This is required for first year and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. CHCO psychology interns attend this course. The seminar is held on Tuesdays alternating with DPRG and uses a case based learning, peer and individual self assessment format. The case integrates epidemiologic, nosologic systems, descriptive socio-cultural, systems, assessment, diagnosis, formulation, and treatment planning, from an integrated, biopsychosocial practice based learning perspective. The course readings are delivered with the case and additional readings are found using an evidenced based medicine model after the group established learning objectives.

Ethics Case Conference

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. Residents explore various aspects of biomedical ethics in four case conferences during July and August. Second year Residents are required to submit a formal case presentation reflective of an ethical dilemma or issue and using evidence based medicine techniques, find an article or articles for the group to review that elucidates current ethical knowledge applicable to the case.

Family Therapy Seminar

This is required for second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar is convened September thru June. CHCO & UCDSOM psychology interns attend. This weekly seminar emphasizes structural and strategic models of family therapy, utilizing a format that mixes didactics with live ongoing family therapy conducted in “real time” featuring live “behind the mirror” supervision.

Forensics Seminar

This is required for second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. Second year Residents participate in case based and core readings focusing on basic forensic consultation The second year Resident participates in an independent and group study of a case and serves as expert witness in a one-day mock trial cosponsored by a national lawyers association.

Human Development Seminar

This is required for second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar convenes July thru August. This 8 session course focuses on major theories and domains of NORMAL child development from infancy thru adolescence.

Infant Psychiatry Seminar

This is required for second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar convenes January thru June. The seminar includes presentation of readings, didactics, and group supervision of clinical work involving children from birth to age five years, parents and youth with pregnancy related problems. Second year Residents are required to present an infant case presentation using DC0-3R. The seminar material is applied by Residents in (a video review and direct observation faculty) supervised weekly infant/ toddler/preschool age clinic.

Journal Club

This is required for second year child psychiatry Residents. The second year Resident selects a research article as the basis for a presentation in child psychiatry grand rounds. The Resident is paired with a faculty member who is charged with serving as the second discussant.

Mock Board Course and Clinical Skills Examination

This is required for first and second year psychiatry Residents. The course focuses on integrating the core competencies in a case based learning format. From September to February, the second year Residents present a mock board “live” patient interview and discussion culminating in the mock board examination in February. The first year Residents observe and participate in the knowledge, skills and attitude informed discussion and from February thru May interview patients culminating in a formal examination. Board certified child and adolescent psychiatry faculty provide education and feedback to Residents. All child and adolescent psychiatry Residents are required to take the Mock Board Exam annually. The first year Resident is responsible for arranging the patient, time and site for the “adolescent interview” examination with the dedicated faculty examiner. The first and second year Resident is responsible for arranging the adolescent patient during one of the available mock board course sessions. In addition the second year Resident is responsible for arranging a time for the vignette mock board examination and faculty examiners by April 2010.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Case Conference and Seminar

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. The seminar convenes September thru December. This seminar focuses on various psychotherapeutic theories (such Freudian, Jungian, and other analytic) and approaches (such as individual play psychotherapy). Residents demonstrate critical review of the literature. The case conference elements focus on application of technical points of applying psychodynamic principles in clinical practice, psychotherapy practice and evidenced based case reviews.

Professionalism and Leadership Seminar

This is required for second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. CHCO psychology interns attend. The seminar convenes in August and continues monthly. Participants examine leadership and learning styles, management skills and critical self appraisal using a business leadership model. Trainees review, discuss and implement a project demonstrating knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning: administrative leadership; teaching; mentoring; and management roles for psychiatry including professional consultation ethics and business practices. Residents briefly present portfolio and practiced based learning plan at the end of the course.

Resident Conferences

Residents meet with the Program Director, division head, and child and adolescent psychiatry chiefs.

Systems Based Practice Seminar

This is required for first and second year child and adolescent psychiatry Residents. First year Residents review child serving systems and visit sites that are child serving systems. Second year Residents review principles of systems based practice, outline the structure of their community mental health placement, and discuss cases that elucidate systems of care, consultation, and liaison issues.

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