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    Training Curriculum

    Adult Outpatient Track

    Case Conference/Group Supervision I

    Maureen Murphy, Ph.D
    July 8 - June 16

    This year long case conference which is led by a very experienced senior clinical psychologist uses a psychodynamic focus to discuss cases presented by interns. Each intern makes one case presentation during the year for four consecutive weeks. During the first week, a comprehensive overview of the patient is presented and discussed. In each of the three weeks that follow the overview, the intern reads process notes of current sessions with the patient being presented. During all case presentations, a strong emphasis is placed on integrating clinical material and theoretical ideas into the therapeutic.

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    Evaluation Conference/Group Supervision II

    Janos Zahjaszky, M.D.
    Sept 4 - May 21

    This year-long case conference is attended by both psychology interns and advanced psychiatry residents in the CPMC Outpatient Clinic. At the beginning of the academic year, a schedule is developed which allows each student to present a case (one case presentation per week) three to four times during the academic year. The case conference is led by the Medical Director of the clinic, a board certified psychiatrist, and the case presentations and discussions take an in-depth look at each patient utilizing the biopsychosocial model of case formulation and treatment planning. This case conference, with an equal split between psychology interns and psychiatry residents, provides an excellent learning opportunity for interns in the integration of scientifically based interventions in the treatment of mental.

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    Professional Development

    Sharon Tyson, Ph.D.
    Nicole Mayeda, Psy.D.
    July 2 - June 16

    This year-long series of seminars covers a wide range of topics related to psychology interns’ journey forward to becoming independently licensed clinical psychologists. In addition to several presentations by the CPMC Chief Psychologist, and the Chief Psychology Intern, guest speakers who are currently licensed clinical psychologists visit to give presentations to the interns on opportunities for licensed psychologists as well as the presenter’s personal experience in building their career as a psychologist.

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    Applied Clinical Ethics

    Scott Lingen, Psy.D.
    July 23 - Aug 27

    This course has a dual focus of ensuring psychology interns have a firm grounding in the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association and also of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California that govern the practice of psychology within the state. Case vignettes are carefully selected that are directly relevant to the interns’ experience in working at CPMC. A strong emphasis is placed on ensuring interns have a comprehensive understanding of patient confidentiality and privilege and all mandated reporting situations.

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    Psychopharmacology and Clinical Emergencies

    Maryam Eskandari, M.D.
    July 10 - Aug 28

    The focus of this course is training students on how to handle emergency or crisis situations with patients. A strong emphasis is placed on the assessment of patients, and if necessary, the specific procedures to place a patient on a 5150 involuntary hold. The second half of this course focuses on psychotropic medications in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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    Diversity Training I: Gender and Sexuality

    Loong Kwok, Psy.D.
    July 23 - Aug 27

    This course explores issues of diversity that are specifically related to gender and sexuality. Didactic material is combined with case vignettes, which allow students to understand not only the current research in this area but also how it applies to clinical work with patients. Students present work with current patients and receive feedback to inform their work.

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    Diversity Training II: Multicultural Issues

    Justin D’Avilla, Psy.D.
    Feb 3 - March 24

    The influence of culture, class, spirituality, gender, sexual identity, and racial and ethnic identity are explored in the context of the psychotherapeutic dyad. Additionally, each student in the class presents a case that is viewed through a multicultural lens by the instructor and students in the course.

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    Topics in Psychology Practice: 1st Semester

    Lee Rather, Ph.D. Jul 31 - Aug 28
    Neil Talkoff, Ph.D. Sept 4 - Oct 23
    Maureen Katz, M.D. Oct 30 - Dec 18

    This seminar series features senior clinicians who present on a number of important topics relevant to the practice of clinical psychology. Readings from the literature are assigned that allow students to make direct linkages between scholarly knowledge the practice of psychotherapy. Each seminar allows space for students to present current work with patients and receive feedback from instructors and peers.

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    Departmental Grand Rounds

    Various speakers
    Sept 3 - June 16

    This weekly event includes speakers from all over the country who come to speak on their area of expertise on both the current scientific research related to the treatment of psychiatric disorders as well as current trends in practice. Each speaker makes a formal presentation with time allowed at the end for questions and discussion. Grand Rounds is attended by psychology interns, psychiatry residents, CPMC Department of Psychiatry Faculty and many local professionals in the mental health community.

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    Chief’s Rounds

    David Goldberg, M.D.
    Sept 23 - June 23

    The course, led by the Chairman of the CPMC Department of Psychiatry,is held once a month and consists of clinical case presentations by psychology interns and psychiatry residents. Clinical information is presented with a specific clinical question or topic associated with the patient material. The focus of discussion includes diagnostic assessment with dynamic formulations, determination of realistic treatment goals, and use of process notes to talk about technique.

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    Hanna Levenson, Ph.D
    Sept 9 - Dec 16

    This course focuses on the essential elements of being an effective supervisor in preparation for interns becoming independently licensed psychologists. Dr. Levenson is an internationally recognized scholar and has a special interests in supervision and brief therapy.

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    Women’s Mental Health (optional for child interns)

    Catherine Mallouh, M.D.
    Sept 9 - May19

    This year-long seminar explores issues specific to women’s mental health, with intense focus on the perinatal period. Topics range from therapeutic treatment considerations to exploration of issues related to psychotropic medications during the perinatal period. Additionally, case presentations are made by interns and residents and feedback/recommendations for treatment are made based on the specifics of the case.

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    Working with Patients with Substance Abuse

    Marc Wallis, L.C.S.W.
    Oct 10 - Nov 14

    This seminar takes an integrative approach to conceptualizing, assessing and intervening with substance use problems. Topics include the fundamentals of descriptively assessing substance use, distinguishing between various levels of use, and the interplay of multiple theoretical positions. This course also examines when and how to make use of collateral treatments (e.g., self-help programs, out-patient and residential treatment programs), as well as the sequential or periodic use of “non-analytic” modes of intervention.

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    Psychotherapeutic Technique

    Maria Longuemare, M.D.
    Adam Goldyne, M.D., and case discussants
    July 11 - May 22

    This year long course, which is attended by both psychology interns and advanced psychiatry residents, covers a wide variety of topics essential to students being able to effectively perform as psychodynamic psychotherapists. The course begins with didactic instruction in essential theoretical concepts with some current case examples brought in by students. During the last half of the course, each intern presents a current case over two class sessions to a master clinician and their peers for discussion and feedback.

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    Psychological Theories:- Clinical Efficacy

    Steven Reidbord, M.D.
    Terrence Patterson, Ph.D.
    Mark Levine, M.D.
    Paula Mandel, Ph.D.
    Sue Saperstein, Psy.D.
    Beth Steinberg, Ph.D.
    Adam Blum, Psy.D.
    July 10 - June 16

    This year-long seminar features senior clinicians who explore multiple theoretical orientations and their efficacy. Each clinician presents for approximately eight weeks in order to take an in-depth look at the theory they are presenting and the applicability to the treatment of patients. The course begins with a look at different empirically validated treatments for the treatment of mental disorders and their efficacy as documented in the scientific literature. Several courses include close readings of primary sources from major psychoanalytic writers including Freud, Winnicott, Bion, and members of the American Relational School.

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    Couples Therapy

    Shelley Nathans, Ph.D.
    Sept 9 - June 9

    This course is an introduction to the theoretical principles of psychodynamic couples therapy using an object relations point of view including Klein, Bion, Britton, Kernberg, and the work of the Tavistock Center for Couple Relations. The psychoanalytic frame, transference, countertransference, projective identification, the shared unconscious and interpretation to the couple are discussed. The course will also introduce readings on special topics, including gay and lesbian relationships, infidelity, and domestic violence.

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    Inpatient Track

    Inpatient Case Conference

    Winston Chung, M.D., Paul Chin, M.D., Uma Lerner, M.D.
    July 1 - June 30

    This weekly, yearlong case conference provides a forum for an hourlong discussion of a recent case from the inpatient unit as well as a relevant teaching topic from the field of psychiatry. Group members review history of present illness as well as psychological, medical, and social history in order to discuss differential diagnosis and biopsychosocial formulation. Common teaching topics include epidemiology of psychopathology, effects of substances and drug interactions, and current research on psychopharmacology.

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    Inpatient Psychotherapy Seminar

    Adam Blum, Psy.D.
    July 1 - June 30

    This weekly meeting provides an opportunity for clinicians currently active on the inpatient unit to discuss issues around psychotherapeutic contact with an emphasis on countertransference and the application of psychoanalytic theory to inpatient work. Psychiatry residents and psychology intern discuss vignettes from the unit, using association and emotional response to develop formulation about patients’ experience on the unit and psychodynamics between patients and clinicians.

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    Group Psychotherapy Conference

    Charles Brandes, Ph.D.
    Elizabeth Weisz, Ph.D.
    Paul Alexander, Ph.D.
    Alexander Zinchenko, Ph.D.
    July 1 - June 30

    This weekly conference provides clinicians who are leading psychotherapy groups on the inpatient unit with supervision and feedback through the use of video recordings of therapy sessions. Through close reading of the group process, clinicians develop capacity to offer interpretations and maintain a therapeutic frame that creates conditions of safety in which group members can tolerate emotional contact with one another. Theories of group process, technique, and systems-related issues are frequently discussed.

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    Child Track

    Child Case Conference

    Karen Lovdahl, Ph.D.
    Sept 3 - June 12

    The Child Psychotherapy Case Conference meets weekly from September through June and is an intensive, psychodynamically-based seminar which emphasizes principles of individual child play therapy, effective collateral work with parents, and case management issues. Each trainee presents at least one ongoing case, usually for six to eight weeks, based on process notes or audiotape. Active discussion of case presentations within a supportive group context is a key part of the seminar.

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    School Based Therapy

    Audrey Dunn, L.C.S.W.
    Aug 6 - June 5

    This course blends didactic material and case presentations using a psychodynamic theory. There is special consideration given to the application of the unique aspects of seeing clients in the school environment and special attention is paid to multicultural issues and the realities of urban life.

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    Child Psychiatry

    Dong Mei Yue, M.D.
    Sept 4 – TBA

    Lectures and case vignettes provide an introduction to clinical evaluation of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Various diagnostic categories including ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adolescent substance abuse, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, PDD, eating disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders are discussed. Evaluation using a bio-psychosocial model, an overview of children development, and special topics in child and adolescent psychiatry are reviewed

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    Child Therapy Theory & Technique

    Katie Fahrner, Ph.D.
    July 11 – TBA

    The focus of this course is on the theory and technique of working with children, emphasizing play therapy and collateral work with parents. Developmental and object relations theory are highlighted. Extensive training in sand tray technique is an adjunctive part of this course.

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    Topics in Child Treatment

    Child Development Psychologists
    Aug - June

    This didactic course covers many topics crucial to working with child patients and their parents. Topics such attachment theory, the clinical interview, working with parents, play therapy, and various psychiatric disorders are discussed.

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