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Career Development: Community Psychiatry

Community Psychiatry

Our department strongly values and emphasizes the care of chronically mentally ill, disadvantaged, diverse, and underserved populations in urban and rural settings throughout our region.  We aim to inspire residents and prepare them to make a difference by working with those most in need.

Every resident cares for chronically mentally ill and disadvantaged patients at our core clinical sites, especially at Harborview Medical Center and the Harborview Mental Health Service, a community mental health center.  Rotations available to all residents as part of the core residency experience and as electives include:


  • Intake and Brief Intervention Services
  • ACT Team
  • Rehabilitation Team
  • Recovery Rotation
  • Madison (HIV/AIDS) Clinic
  • International Clinic
  • Intensive Outpatient Addictions
  • Geropsychiatry and Nursing Home rotations

Seattle VA

  • Personal Recovery Clinic (for chronically mentally ill patients)

Community Rotations

Community Mental Health Centers

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Community Psychiatric Clinic
  • Consejo (predominantly Hispanic)
  • Seattle Counseling Center (emphasis on sexual minorities)
  • Valley Cities

Shelter and Outreach Teams

  • Downtown Emergency Services Center

State Hospital

  • Western State Hospital
  • Child Study and Treatment Center


  • Adult correctional psychiatry rotation
  • Echo Glen (adolescents)

Community Clinics for Underserved

  • Country Doctor Clinic
  • 45th Street Clinic

Public Policy

  • Public policy rotations with the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy

Community Leadership Career Enrichment Pathway

This is a special interest track designed to foster residents’ interests in careers in public psychiatry and public policy. The track provides:

  • Bimonthly meetings/speakers, open to all residents
  • Opportunity to meet psychiatrists working in community mental health settings
  • Mentorship
  • Priority for community psychiatry rotations

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