PGY 3 Year

Summer Intensive courses – These classes are designed to help jump start the PGY3 outpatient year:

Summer Intensive – Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder – Drs. Richard Hersh and Benjamin Mc Common (2 sessions) – This course focuses on Good Psychiatric Management, one of the evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD). The four one-hour long classes follow the Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder (2014) by John Gunderson, with Paul Links. The classes focus on: background about BPD and the development of GPM; overarching theories of the treatment; getting started; managing suicidality; psychopharmacology and co-morbidities; and multi-modal interventions. Residents apply elements of GPM theory and practice to their own clinical challenges as part of the class discussions.

Summer Intensive – Trauma Patient – Dr. Betsy Fitelson (1 session) – This class will review basic aspects of evaluating and treating outpatients who have experienced trauma.

Summer Intensive – Addiction – Dr. Nasir Naqvi (1 session) – This class will review basic aspects of evaluating and treating outpatients who are abusing substances.

Summer Intensive – Urgent Psychiatry – Dr. Ryan Lawrence (2 sessions) – These classes will review basic aspects of evaluating and treating urgent psychiatry situations in the outpatient setting.

Summer Intensive – Psychopharmacology Review – Dr. Alison Lenet (7 sessions) – This course will review basic principles of psychopharmacology, with particular reference to outpatient psychiatry.

Child Psychopathology – Dr. Oliver Stroeh (9 sessions) – This is a review of the major emotional, behavioral, and developmental disturbances of childhood and adolescence, including mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder and conduct disorder.

Clinical Neuroscience – Drs. Jon Levenson and Gerry Hurowitz (9 sessions) – This class will focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and neuroscientific understanding of psychiatric disorders on the border of psychiatry and neurology. It will also include information about neuropsychological testing. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Drs. Mike Devlin & Deborah Glasofer (8 sessions) – This course provides a foundation in theoretical principles and clinical skills of cognitive behavioral therapy. The course is supplemented with individual supervision in CBT.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Drs. Beth Brodsky (6 sessions) – This seminar provides clinical therapeutic and management techniques for treating the difficult-to-manage patient and reducing self injurious behavior.

Diversity and Disparity in Clinical Treatment – Drs. Angela Coombs and Roberto Lewis-Fernandez (4 sessions) – This course will allow the PGY3 class to explore various topics related to diversity and disparity in psychiatry treatment.

Ethics – Dr. David Lowenthal – (4 sessions) – This course will continue the didactics on psychiatric ethics, with emphasis on outpatient psychiatry. 

Forensic Psychiatry – Dr. Paul Appelbaum – (3 sessions) – The second in this series, this course will cover capacity, risk assessment, and the forensic system. 

Geriatric Psychiatry – Dr. Ted Huey (5 sessions) –  This course will introduce residents to the evaluation and treatment of older adults with psychiatric disorders, as well as to the process of aging.

Implementation and Dissemination Science – Dr. Milton Wainberg (3 sessions) – This course will provide an introduction to global mental health and implementation science.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Drs. John Markowitz and Myra Weissman (6 sessions) –  This course reviews time-limited psychotherapy and focuses on Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), a treatment for major depression and other psychiatric disorders. Classes include didactics on basic principles and technique, as well as review of clinical material. The course is supplemented with group supervision in IPT.

Learning from the Literature  – Dr. Patrick McGrath (5 sessions) –  This is an interactive course that offers residents skills for critical reading of scientific articles and reviewing the potential application to their own clinical work.

Psychodynamic Series – Dr. Deborah Cabaniss
Primary texts are Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manual and Psychodynamic Formulation, both written by instructors in the course, augmented with other readings. Classes use a flipped classroom design, with active learning exercises and frequent use of video. Residents will write a psychodynamic formulation and a treatment summary. The series is divided into 4 sections:
Models of the Mind - Dr. Deborah Cabaniss (4 sessions) – introduction to ego psychology, self psychology, object relations theory and attachment theory.
Psychodynamic Technique – Drs. Deborah Cabaniss and Jennifer Harrington-Knopf (7 sessions) – covering both uncovering and supporting technique
Formulation – Drs. Deborah Cabaniss and Catherine Monk (6 sessions) introduction to the psychodynamic formulation
Character – Drs. Deborah Cabaniss and Shirin Ali;; and Character Diagnosis (6 sessions)

Psychopharmacology Conference – Dr. Joseph Villarin and faculty – This monthly conference will focus on psychopharmacology in the clinical setting, with particular attention to different strategies for diagnosis and treatment. 

Psychopharmacology Review – Dr. Alison Lenet (6 sessions) – This course will review basic principles of psychopharmacology, with particular reference to outpatient psychiatry.

Public Psychiatry – Models for Integrating Systems of Care – Drs. Stephanie LeMelle and Jean-Marie Bradford (6 sessions) – These are second in the series of lectures that reviews care of people with severe mental illness in the community. This series will focus on systems of care and integrated services. Topics will include: co-occurring disorders treatment (both substance related and medical), treatment and mental health issues in the criminal justice system, and patient and family advocacy.

Sexuality – Dr. Walter Bockting (8 sessions) – This course presents selected topics in human sexuality -- sexuality during the life cycle, the development of gender identity and sexual orientation, sex and the family including incest, pornography and paraphilias, and sexuality in older years and in the presence of physical illness. The course also covers common female and male sexual dysfunctions and up-to-date treatment modalities for these disorders. It takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes guest lecturers with different perspectives on therapy, i.e., behavioral, psychodynamic, and group therapy. Topics include current areas of particular interest, such as rape, AIDS, and bisexuality.

Substance Use Disorders 4 – Dr. Christina Brezing (7 sessions) – The common features of chemical dependency are described including the development of chemical dependency, its diagnosis and treatment. Specific issues for the treatment of alcohol, cocaine, opiate and other drug abuse and dependence will be discussed, as well as the neurological underpinnings of addiction in brain reward mechanisms.

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy – Drs. Richard Hersch and Benjamin McCommon (2 sessions) – This course provides an introduction to TFP in theory and practice.

Women’s Mental Health – Dr. Elizabeth Fitelson (6 sessions) – This course provides an introduction to mental health in the context of the female reproductive life cycle, and covers core concepts in the management of antenatal and postpartum depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders, as well as perimenopausal depression, PMDD, and issues related to infertility and pregnancy loss.