Our program is organized to teach the basic and clinical sciences of infant, child, and adolescent psychiatry. Fellows work with faculty to provide quality care in diverse treatment settings including hospital, community, and school-based practices. The Tulane CAP Section includes internationally known infant mental health clinicians and researchers; fellows have opportunities to develop clinical expertise working with very young children. Fellows value the strength of the faculty’s perspectives as clinicians, researchers, and child advocates. Psychotherapy is a priority here at Tulane. Fellows have weekly outpatient psychotherapy clinic, where they can implement evidence-based treatments under close supervision. Read More
Additionally, we dedicate two half-days to academic activities. Tuesday afternoons and Friday afternoons are protected academic time – weekly supervisions, grand rounds, and interdisciplinary didactics provide foundations for clinical learning in CAP. Didactics include case based learning of psychopharmacology and psychopathology, development, infant mental health, adolescence, neurobiology, cultural psychiatry, experiential evidence-based therapy training, specialized clinical modules, ethics, and forensic child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as a clinical issues course and intensive individual supervision that often includes video review of therapy. 2 weeks of vacation per 6 months (4 weeks per year) may be taken with faculty and training director approval at any time.
The emphasis during the first year is on development and psychopathology throughout the life cycle. There is a focus on understanding illness and adaptation in the context of the family. This early orientation to thinking in terms of psychosocial growth and developmental psychopathology facilitates consolidation of the identity as a "child and family" oriented practitioner.
12 months Outpatient Clinics
The second year provides trainees the opportunity to consolidate their child and adolescent psychiatry skills as well as to prepare for their post-training professional life. Tulane CAP training focuses on outpatient, community based treatment, with many opportunities to work with traditionally underserved patients from birth through adolescence. At this stage of training, the trainees are given opportunities for autonomy as well as substantial supervision time and on-site clinical supervision with a faculty member. We believe it is important for the fellows to be proficient in psychopharmacological treatment and to master a range of psychotherapy modalities with children and their families. The fellows have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge evidence based therapies such as preschool cognitive behavioral therapy and parent management training, as well as therapies from a range of diverse theoretical frameworks. Trainees are also present at Grand Rounds with the supervision and mentoring from Dr. Michael Scheeringa, Vice-Chair of Research.