Psychotherapy Training

The psychotherapy curriculum includes longitudinal training through ongoing weekly didactics seminars and weekly psychotherapy supervision. 

During the PGY1 year, residents will have weekly didactics seminars on the topics of supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. Lectures occur Wednesdays from 1-2 PM.  

In the PGY2 year, training expands to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy, and Family Therapy. Lectures occur Wednesdays from 1-2 PM. Also, second-year residents begin getting exposure to CBT and DBT group therapy sessions while on selected clinical rotations.

For PGY3 residents, the seminar series is lengthened to 1.5 hours a week and presents the theoretical basis and practical aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (an advanced seminar series), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mentalization-Based Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This lecture series is required for third year residents, who are excused from clinical duties during this time.

As early as the PGY2 year, residents can begin seeing psychotherapy patients in the adult psychiatry clinic with appropriate supervision. Third and fourth year residents are required to see patients for individual therapy on a weekly basis and to meet weekly with their assigned psychotherapy supervisor. Residents have one half-day per week starting in their third year dedicated to seeing psychotherapy patients. 

Another opportunity for psychotherapy training includes co-leading a Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) group (http://www.steppsforbpd.com/)  during the third or fourth year with the clinicians who developed this therapy for borderline personality disorder. Residents may also choose from a variety of psychotherapy-specific electives during the PGY4 year, including an opportunity to gain further experience with CBT and DBT groups through an elective rotation at our Partial Hospital Program. Residents can also elect to use their CME funds to attend a conference for more in-depth training into a specific psychotherapy.