Seminar series are collaborative and interactive, drawing on elements of adult learning principles to provide an engaging learning environment.  A portion of the programming follows a problem based learning format allowing for self-directed learning.  Case conferences allow for discussion drawing from the experiences of both faculty and residents.  Seminars typically incorporate child PRITE review questions to allow trainees to assess their fund of knowledge.  Topics include the following:

Advanced Pediatric Psychopharmacology

The goal of this seminar each year is to bring the most up-to-date information regarding pediatric psychopharmacology to the whole trainee group.

Assessment Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to educate the resident in the psychiatric assessment techniques used in evaluating preschoolers, school-aged children and adolescents.

Biopsychosocial Formulation

The goal of this seminar is to fine tune the resident's ability to develop a biopsychosocial formulation from information presented in live or videotaped interviews with children or adolescents and their families.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Retreat

The goal of this experience is to foster team building among the residents and give the residents an opportunity to anonymously evaluate the didactic and clinical components of the training program

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

The goal of this course is to address the full range of psychopathology seen in children and adolescents, addressing all the disorders usually first seen in childhood and the other psychiatric disorders that are also seen in childhood.

Child and Adolescent Therapies

The goal of this course is to provide the resident with exposure to most of the therapies that are indicated for use in children and adolescents through a number of mini-courses which deal in some depth with particular therapies (family, behavior, psychodynamic, play, cognitive-behavioral) and provide some introduction to others (group, interpersonal, dialectical behavioral therapy, relaxation training, etc.


The goal of this seminar is to aid the residents in their exam taking skills while exploring multiple topics in an exam type format.

Child Psychiatry Clinical Case Conference

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum for disseminating up-to-date scientific information to a multidisciplinary group in a professional, case based discussion that offers residents opportunities to promote poise and confidence in presenting clinical and theoretical material.

Child Psychiatry Journal Club

The goal of this seminar is to expose residents to current literature in a group discussion format in which critical appraisal of the findings is paramount, thereby preparing the resident for critical appraisal of current literature throughout his/her professional career.

Conference with Grand Rounds Speakers

The goal of this conference is to offer the trainee the opportunity to discuss topics of interest more informally with experts who visit the Department.

Cultural Conference

The goal of this seminar is to raise the resident's consciousness regarding cultural issues in the patient populations that we treat and how those issues interplay with the resident's own cultural experiences.

Domestic Violence including Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse

The goal of this course is to provide a basic approach to the management of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect as well as address issues of psychological interventions for those children who have experienced these traumas.

Ethics Seminar

The goals of this course are to acquaint through readings and case discussions the resident with pertinent ethical issues common to the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Family Therapy Experiential Seminar

The goal of this course is present basic and advanced practice of family psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families utilizing didactic material, group discussion, observations of videotapes, and work with ongoing cases

Forensic Child Psychiatry

The goal of this seminar is to acquaint the resident with the most common forensic issues relevant to the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Growth and Development

The goal of this course is to provide the resident with the basic science (normal growth and development) of child and adolescent psychiatry. The approach is to look at development longitudinally as well as cross-sectionally so that the resident will be able to integrate the various theories into looking at the child/adolescent as a whole person. Opportunities are provided to interact with normal children of different ages.

Interdisciplinary Consultation Conference

The goal of this biweekly conference is to foster interdisciplinary discussions of challenging cases in an effort to generate assessment and treatment recommendations to help facilitate better management of the case.

Interdisciplinary Resident Core Curriculum

This series of conferences throughout two years addresses GME issues that transcend specialties. The goal is to have residents from all programs together to address common issues of ethical, socioeconomic, medical/legal, and cost-containment in medicine along with general skills of communication, research literacy and skills for life-long learning.

Orientation to Residency

The overall goal of this seminar is to provide residents with an overview of the training program and introduce trainees to the goals and expectations of the program as well as the various rotations and resources available

Orientation to the Supervisory Process

The goal of this seminar is to help trainees understand the process of supervision, work with supervisors to set goals for supervision, and identify road blocks from both supervisor and supervisee perspectives to effective supervision.

Pediatric Consultation/Liaison Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to disseminate an overview and general knowledge of pediatric conditions and the psychiatric/psychological issues associated with them and to develop basic consultation skills relevant to key pediatric conditions.

Pediatric Psychopharmacology

The goal of this seminar is to educate the resident in the basic principles of prescribing to children and adolescent as well as the specifics of prescribing in each drug category, addressing issues of regulation, dosing, and side effects.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

The goal of this seminar is to help the resident stay abreast of current issues in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry through conferences with local, regional and national faculty in a grand rounds format.

Psychological Testing

The goal of this seminar is to provide the president with both a theoretical and practical approach to psychological assessment, integrating the whole psychiatric assessment process with the specifics of psychological testing.

Research Seminar

The goal of this seminar series is first, to expose the resident to the general tenets of psychiatric research and second, to focus specifically on child and adolescent psychiatric research. The seminars will prepare the resident for choosing their academic project.

School Consultation Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to prepare the residents to function as a consultant to schools, identifying problems commonly seen in schools and define the role of the school based child and adolescent psychiatric consultant.

Special Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The goal of this course is to address issues in child and adolescent psychiatry that do not fit easily into developmental, psychopathological or therapeutic topics.

Training Director's Meeting

The goal of this experience is to focus on administrative issues relevant to child and adolescent psychiatry training through open discussion of administrative issues and mechanisms to improve training and educational experiences.

Transition to Practice Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to offer senior child and adolescent psychiatry residents an opportunity to explore different career paths and choices for the practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist.