Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Course Descriptions :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Course Descriptions

During the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, fellows are required to participate in several seminars, conferences and rounds during their time at Nationwide Children's Hospital. These courses are listed below along with a brief description.

Scheduled Didactic Seminars

Summer Introductory Course

An introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is given each summer.  This introduction includes an overview of the division policies and procedures including review of call and moonlighting policies. There is an overview of the normal development of children and adolescents, both physical and psychological. Presentations are given on the most frequently encountered diagnoses of childhood mental illnesses as well as treatments including psychopharmacology and various psychotherapeutic modalities.  Basic interviewing skill of children and adolescents are reviewed in both lecture and live interview format.

Normal Development and Developmental Neuroscience

This course reviews the normal development of children and adolescents.  It begins with an overview of physical development as presented by faculty in the Behavioral Pediatrics Division of Behavioral Health and the Adolescent Pediatric faculty from the Department of Pediatrics. This is followed by lectures on the normal psychological development of children and adolescent beginning from prenatal development to eighteen years old.  Topics include an overview of the biopsychosocial model of human development and developmental phases and major developmental tasks including organization of mental structure and maturation of physical capabilities and cognitions. Major developmental theorists including Freud, Piaget and Kohut are covered.

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

This course presents the complete up-to-date DSM descriptions of various childhood mental disorders including the etiology, phenomenology and diagnostic criteria. Diagnoses include the disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, affective disorders, attention disorders, psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders, as well as gender and elimination disorders.

Pediatric Psychopharmacology

This course covers the psychopharmacological treatments of all childhood mental health disorders. The various classes of psychotropic medications are discussed including topics such as mechanism of action of medications, safety and efficacy of medications and drug interactions. Other contiguous topics such as informed consent and treatment of side effects are also covered.  The use of ECT is also covered during this course.

Social Welfare

Various topics including: foster care and special needs in education and social issues are covered in this course.  They are presented by a multidisciplinary team who are engaged in research and provision of services in this area.

Applying Psychoanalytic Principles with Children and Adolescents

Introduction to psychoanalytic theory relevant to children and adolescents.

Pediatric Medical and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Introduction to principles of consultation-liaison psychiatry in pediatric and other general medical settings, as well as relevant issues including the medical differential diagnosis of psychiatric symptoms and presentations, delirium, the relationship between physical and mental health, adaptation and coping with chronic physical illness, psychopharmacology in the physically ill child, and the assessment and management of medically unexplained physical symptoms in youth.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Law

This overview of forensic child and adolescent psychiatry prepares trainees to interact with the legal system as an expert witness or a court appointed evaluator. Areas covered include family and child welfare laws, child custody, competency to stand trial, juvenile justice, violence and mental illness, and ethics.

Evidence Based Therapies

Various evidenced based therapies are reviewed in this course.  They include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Incredible Years , Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Multi-Systemic Therapy.  The historical background on these therapies, the description of  these interventions and the appropriate use of these tools are described in this course. 

Family Therapy Seminar

This course is a further development of this mode of treatment that would have been introduced in adult training.  It is carried to the next step in the treatment of children and their families in the context of childhood mental illness. Several models of family therapy are covered including Structural Family Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, and Evidenced Based Models of Family Therapy including Functional Family Therapy and Multi-systemic Therapy.

Readiness to Practice

This course is offered to assist fellows in the next phase of their clinical career.  Typically, little time is spent in medical training on preparation for entering the work force.  Preparation of Curriculum Vitae is only the first step on this road.  The content of this course is to help fellows understand the nuances of post graduate choices in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Billing structures, contracts and differences between academic versus private practice will be discussed. Further, the nuance of community versus hospital practice is explored.

Literature Seminar/ Journal Club

Fellows select an article on a topic of importance in child and adolescent psychiatry with faculty approval, review the article strengths and weaknesses (including methodology), and present key points to their peers and attending faculty, who facilitate discussion.  

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Presentation of clinical and research-based findings relevant to the practice of psychiatry. Topics are often specific to child and adolescent psychiatry. Topics presented in the last calendar year that have complemented our training efforts include professionalism; family law and the mental health professional; public psychiatry; the business of medicine; interdisciplinary behavioral health care; legal issues in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders; and, spirituality in psychiatry.

Pediatrics Grand Rounds

Presentation of clinical and research-based findings relevant to the care of children and adolescents, including emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems, as well as problems coping with chronic illness. Significant portions of the topics are specific to child and adolescent psychiatry and include presentations by child and adolescent psychiatry faculty.

Chairman Rounds

Fellows present challenging cases for discussion with the Chairman of the Department and the Division Director of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics.

Multidisciplinary Case Conference

Provides a training opportunity for our advanced trainees that allows for cross discipline interaction and a venue to present clinical cases to a diverse group of professionals while receiving developmentally appropriate supervisory input/support.  Trainees will be presenting cases from their own practice, including evaluation, treatment plan, and course of treatment.

Inpatient Psychiatry Case Conference

Faculty and fellows interview inpatients and discuss the case, including diagnosis and course of treatment.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Clinical and Translational Research Series

Weekly research seminar series presented by various research staff.  Topics include biostatistics and research design.

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