Clinical Therapeutics

Evidence-based treatment is at the heart of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program. We aim to provide progressively independent experience in all treatment modalities of the clinical child and adolescent psychiatry practice. This is accomplished through coursework, clinical rotations and case conferences in a variety of environments and circumstances.

The UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program considers psychotherapy training to be an integral part of the overall training experience. There is a strong focus on evidence-based treatments and includes psychotherapy training, psychodynamic and other evidence-based psychotherapy training, Yearlong Case conferences, supervision seminars, play therapy seminars, CBT seminars, DBT and PBMT training as co-leaders, Family therapy, group supervision and weekly 2-3 hours of supervision is provided.

Fellows are expected to carry four therapy cases each year. A family therapy case is assigned in the CAP-1 year. Fellows are evaluated in basic and advanced psychotherapy skills every 6 months. Sessions are videotaped and reviewed with supervisors. San Francisco hosts both the Jungian Institute and Institute for Psychoanalytical training. Many of our fellows attend workshops that are held throughout the year in monasteries or Buddhist centers to train in mindfulness, meditation and holistic healing.

The goal is to provide you with all tools necessary to work compassionately with children, adolescents and their families through the life changing experience of dealing with mental illness and their path towards acceptance and recovery.