Curriculum

Our curriculum for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship includes a range of didactic courses coupled with conferences and seminars.

We offer a series of integrated didactic modules comprising lectures, seminars, video presentations, case studies, research, readings, demonstration interviews, and discussions.

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Summer)

Practical and theoretical aspects of child psychiatry, including assessment, interview techniques, psychological testing, child development, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology. Five one-hour weekly sessions, 10 weeks.

Normal Development and Developmental Psychopathology

Integrated look at normal child development, child and adolescent psychopathology in a biopsychosocial and developmental framework. Four modules include infancy and toddler, preschool, middle childhood, and adolescence. Selected core bibliography includes Spitz, Bowlby, Piaget, Erikson, Ainsworth, Rutter, Kagan, Kohlberg, Offer, and others. Forty weekly sessions, offered every other year.

Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Study of library search methods, experimental design (with and without current data papers), observation and measurement techniques, statistical methods, and analysis of behavioral data. Research questions and discussion encouraged. Twelve  sessions, alternating years.

Theories and Practice of Family Therapy

Intensive class in family therapy techniques where children or adolescents are the identified patients. Eight sessions.

Classical Readings: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis

Theoretical background for child psychodynamic/psychoanalytic and developmental theories. Twelve weekly sessions.

Basic Neurobiology and Clinical Psychopharmacology of Child and Adolescent Disorders

Review of seminal papers on neurochemical theories on brain functioning and psychoactive drug mechanisms. Thirty-six weekly sessions. 

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Conceptual approach to a full range of childhood and adolescent psychopathology diagnosis, using empirical data related to DSM-IV and its syndromes. Diagnostic criteria, etiology, and clinical course of disorders. Thirty-six weekly sessions.

Therapeutic Interventions

Principles of treatment and practical applications of multiple modalities. Individual psychotherapy, role of play, play therapies, cognitive and behavioral therapies, crisis intervention, group therapy, techniques of brief therapy, theories and practice of inpatient and residential treatment, cultural issues, agency/institution collaboration, interdisciplinary and combined treatments, AACAP Practice Parameters. Thirty-six weekly sessions.

Ethical and Forensic Issues in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Forensic and ethical issues, including the Tarasoff decision to warn and protect, civil commitment, voluntary/involuntary treatment of minors, termination of parental rights, adoption, divorce, child abuse, child as witness, juvenile delinquency, family court, and expert testimony. Eight biweekly sessions.

Psychiatric Practice / Transition to Practice

Overview of managed care, utilization management, quality assurance, practice opportunities, transition to various private practice settings after training, financial planning, and insurance. Eight biweekly sessions.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Theory and practice of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with the director of the Eating and Weight Disorders Program. Applications for a range of disorders, using cognitive model, efficacy findings, research on combining CBT with pharmacological treatment, specific techniques with theoretical underpinnings, and review of treatment protocol with case examples.  Three-month, weekly course.

A variety of key conferences and seminars are an integral part of the fellowship experience.

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds

We schedule weekly Grand Rounds throughout the year, with formal presentations, primarily by outside speakers, on a full range of psychiatry-relevant topics. Once each month we hold a clinical case conference with a presentation by a third-year fellow and discussion by a faculty member. We also hold monthly research Grand Rounds with faculty presenting.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit Case Conferences

Our treatment teams hold biweekly clinical case presentations, with discussions by faculty and providers on all aspects of assessment and treatment. We invite outside discussants as well. 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Continuous Case Seminar

This weekly seminar spans the duration of your two-year fellowship and includes alternating presentations by two-fellow teams. You review process material from your psychotherapy cases, generally one child and one adolescent each time. By following several outpatient therapy cases in detail, you learn about long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy with children of diverse psychopathology.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Journal Club

You meet with this journal club once a month to cover basic issues in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Case Conference

During this weekly conference, you and other fellows review clinical case material from the consultation liaison rotation. Other members of the patient team may participate as well, including psychologists, speech/language evaluation specialists, and pediatric fellows.

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic: Intake Case Conference

As a fellow, you participate in this intake case conference on a twice weekly basis, presenting and reviewing presentations evaluations of new cases seen in the clinic. We emphasize differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and interfacing with community agencies. We also review difficult ongoing treatment cases and discuss psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy with an interdisciplinary outpatient team of social workers, attending psychologists, and child and adolescent psychiatry attendings. General psychiatry fellows, child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, triple board fellows, and psychology trainees may also participate.

Early Childhood Program/Therapeutic Nursery: Case Conference

You hear biweekly presentations on issues of assessment, treatment, and case management, often with videotapes of child-caregiver interaction. The staff of the Infant Therapeutic Nursery includes a special education teacher, social worker, psychologists, speech and language therapist, and various trainees.

ADHD/Learning Disorders (LD) Center: Clinical Case Conference

Led by the ADHD/LD Center, this year-long conference is part of the ADHD Psychopharmacology Clinic. Faculty examines theoretical and practical aspects of evaluation and treatment of individuals with ADHD. We focus on the broad range of therapeutic modalities, emphasizing multimodal treatments.

Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Summer)

We offer this seminar in various Manhattan Family Court locations, or in an adjacent NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation building. You observe court proceedings, gain an introduction to family law, and learn about juvenile delinquency and child protection. We hold a mock trial illustrating the role of the expert witness as well. Following these three seminars, you have a practicum experience, observing a Mount Sinai Health System clinician conduct interviews. Extensive reading material supplements this educational activity.

We provide a number of research opportunities through the Child Behavioral Health and Science Center. Because research is the language of clinical advancement, it is imperative that you understand the various methodologies, whether you are planning for a research or clinical career. As such, we offer a course in Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry early each year, covering clinical research design and statistical techniques, review and scrutiny of recent research studies, and developing a research protocol.

While we don’t require you to conduct research, you may elect to work on existing projects, or develop one of your own in consultation with faculty. A breadth of opportunity awaits.

View our current training program schedule in the Department of Psychiatry.