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Attending with Fellows during lecture

Didactics & Therapy Training


Throughout the residency program, all residents have a didactic program of lectures and seminars each Friday morning. There is also an hour-long didactic series on Wednesdays focusing on clinical skills and therapies, as well as a monthly Journal Club that is held jointly with the child psychology trainees. In addition, Division Grand Grounds are held every month during the academic year. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Seattle Children's Hospital also offer additional weekly or monthly grand rounds that the residents are encouraged to attend.

Both years attend the Growth and Development/Psychopathology Seminar, which extensively and carefully integrates growth and development with childhood and adolescent psychopathology. There are additional didactic seminars that include a Psychotherapy Seminar, Family Assessment/Therapy, CBT, and a quarterly Community Psychiatry Seminar.

The 1st year didactic seminars include: Orientation Seminar, Assessment Seminar, Parent Training Seminar.

The 2nd year didactic seminars include: Transition to Practice, Forensics and Ethics.

Psychotherapy Training

The training program emphasizes evidence-based therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and parent training (e.g. PCIT) to target disruptive behaviors. During the first year, residents on their outpatient rotations participate in co-therapy with an experienced psychologist, and also help run a group for parents with anxious children. In addition, residents have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of other groups, targeting issues such as eating disorders, disruptive behaviors, and emotion regulation/coping skills.

The didactic curriculum covers additional modalities of therapy, such as psychodynamic and family psychotherapy. Residents interested in those therapeutic modalities may seek specific supervision in those areas. Seattle has two psychoanalytic institutes (the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Pacific Northwest Psychoanalytic Society) for those interested in pursuing psychoanalytic training after residency.

Residents can also attend seminars and receive training for dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). The University of Washington offers training in these therapeutic modalities on a yearly basis to trainees in psychiatry and psychology. Residents are especially encouraged to participate in the DBT seminar.

Educational Leave

Residents have one week per year of educational leave, which they may use at their discretion. They are especially encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Residents may apply for funding to offset some of the expenses of this meeting.