Psychotherapy is a skill set that requires active participation in both clinical cases and in didactic sessions. Our program is designed to allow residents to develop psychotherapy cases at their both their primary clinical sites as well as within their 24-month continuity clinic.
Residents utilize a Psychotherapy Passport to stay on track with this important set of skills. The expectation is for residents to develop basic competencies in several forms of psychotherapy for children and adolescents including Time Limited, Supportive, Cognitive Behavioral, Family, Psychodynamic, and Play Therapy. Additionally, residents learn through didactics about additional types of therapeutic approaches including Parent Management Training and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills.
Residents have at minimum psychotherapy supervision weekly with either full time and/or clinical faculty whose expertise in child psychotherapy assists residents as they hone their therapy skill set. Residents who wish to delve deeper into psychotherapeutic theories and techniques may apply for the two- or four-year programs at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Programs respectively. The ability to develop an effective therapeutic alliance with children, adolescents, and their parents is an invaluable skill set that is essential to all aspects of care provided by a child psychiatrist.
Journal Club is a monthly activity where residents and faculty gather at a child faculty member's home to discuss a relevant topic in child and adolescent mental health. The fellow that month works closely with the host faculty member to consider which article/topic to review and how best to present the critical analysis of the article/topic to the group so that a lively and engaging debate ensues. General residents and medical students who have an interest in child psychiatry are routinely invited to participate.
In the past year the following topics/articles have been topics of the monthly journal club: Organophosphates and ADHD, Stability of Sexual Orientation in Gay and Lesbian Youth, Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Latency-Age Children, Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome and its Mental Health Manifestations, Reliability of Diagnosing Prodromal Psychotic Disorder In Youth to name but a few.
Movie Club is a quarterly event hosted by the General Psychiatry Program that welcomes residents from all the fellowships within Baylor (Child, Addictions, Geriatrics) to have a fun afternoon eating potluck food and discussing a recent movie that has interesting mental health and/or psychodynamic themes. The faculty host is the esteemed Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., and the films and debates are always a blast. Family, significant others, and medical students are routinely invited to participate. Recent films have included Precious, Black Swan, The Hurt Locker, Splice, and the Fighter.