Director's Message

The Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has an ACGME accredited Fellowship Training Program. This program is designed to provide the experience, knowledge, and skills to equip child and adolescent psychiatrists to meet the challenges of assessing and addressing the mental health needs of children and adolescents in the twenty-first century.

Child and adolescent fellows are trained in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents of all ages, social backgrounds, ethnicities, and types of family structures. Trainees learn diverse therapeutic modalities, such as crisis intervention, short- and long-term psychotherapies, and preventive techniques to treat patients across the full spectrum of clinical disorders.

There is a planned diversity in the faculty of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to assure that fellows are exposed to people who are experienced with, and specialize in the various facets of child and adolescent psychiatric practice, such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family, and pharmacological therapy.

The training program emphasizes the integration, synthesis, and evaluation of clinical data from multiple perspectives and the use of a multimodal approach to treatment. Collaboration with other physicians, schools, the legal system, and social agencies is stressed. Throughout the training, there is a unifying theme of a developmental perspective that provides an interpersonal, biopsychosocial underpinning for understanding human behavior. This developmental perspective is taught in didactic sessions as well as in supervision. Supervision is the mainstay of the program and trainees interact on all clinical services with faculty skilled in the various aspects of current interventions. There is always a range of ongoing research in which the trainees may participate.

The training program is designed to provide a graduated learning experience over the two years which will enable the trainee to develop a sense of the unique identity of a child and adolescent psychiatrist as a clinician, teacher, consultant, administrator, and researcher.

I am very pleased that you have chosen a career in child and adolescent psychiatry and are interested in our program at Mount Sinai. I look forward to meeting with you personally and sharing with you my thoughts, feelings, and, especially, my enthusiasm for our program.

John D. O'Brien, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Training, Child and Adolescent Fellowship
Director of Training, Triple Board Program
Tel: (212) 241-0487
E-mail: john.o'

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