The faculty and staff of UIC/IJR are deeply committed to teaching. The training program has comprehensive didactics, which often include social work and psychology interns. Additionally, seminars are conducted with Rush University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents as well. We have developed a cooperative affiliation for these didactics which has benefited both programs. Class sizes range from 5 to 15 trainees.
In the last year, courses have been reviewed by both teaching faculty and fellows. This review has led to some revisions based primarily on adult learning theory with the emphasis on active learning and fewer didactics using the lecture format. We are excited about these changes and will be continuing to evaluate and improve our didactics.
First year didactics
The first-year summer didactics provide an overview of basic issues needed to "get up to speed" and function clinically over the next two years. Basic courses include "Seeing Children: The Basics," "Introduction to Child Psychopharmacology," "The School and Community: Prevention, Intervention and Consultation," "Child-focused Family Therapy," "Psychiatry and The Law," and "Psychological Testing." "Developmental Neurobiology and Neuroscience: an Overview" is taught in the fall. The core course for the year, "Understanding and Treating Disorders in Childhood" begins in August and continues throughout the year. This course integrates psychopathology, diagnosis, and treatment planning and is presently organized around diagnostic categories. Starting in the Winter, "Dynamic Child Psychotherapy," "Introduction to Research Methods," and "Typical Child Development" complete the first year.
During the summer when the first year fellows are learning basics, the second year fellows have "Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry," "Realities of Practice After Graduation," and begin the year-long "Group Supervision of Supervision" and the highly acclaimed "Research Seminar." Presently, second year fellows choose to join "Developmental Neurobiology and Neuroscience: An Overview," "Understanding and Treating Disorders in Childhood," as well as "Dynamic Child Psychotherapy" classes with the first year fellows. There is always more to learn! During both years, fellows actively participate in the monthly "Journal Club."
Fellows also have the opportunity to join the "Food for Thought" weekly luncheon discussion attended by IJR faculty and staff where both research and clinical work is presented. Department Grand Rounds occur bi-weekly and often topics in child and adolescent psychiatry are presented.