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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Didactic Curriculum

The fellowship didactic curriculum opens with a summer program in which major topics of child and adolescent psychiatry are introduced. The goal of the orientation curriculum is to introduce new fellows to the clinical themes that they will encounter at the very start of their clinical work. These themes are revisited in depth at various points throughout the full didactic curriculum.

The core courses of the didactic curriculum are:


A broad and thorough survey of development from infancy through early adulthood, including discussions of parenting, environment, temperament and various conceptual models of development, attachment, biology and social circumstance.

Human Sexuality

This course aims to improve knowledge and skills pertaining to sexual development, gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual abuse–related issues of our patients.

Developmental Psychopathology and Therapeutics

This course delves into psychopathology, phenomenology, and all modalities of treatment, including assessment and diagnosis, psychotherapies, pharmacotherapy, utilization of system resources, and integration of treatments for all child and adolescent psychiatric illnesses.

ABC Studies in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

A journal club in which major multi-site NIMH sponsored treatment studies (e.g., CAMS, COBY, MTA, TADS, etc.) are analyzed. The results of these studies address the best treatment options for the major syndromes in child and adolescent psychiatry.


This course provides a comprehensive review of the art of prescribing through discussions on more general but vital issues encountered in day-to-day practice of psychopharmacology to a more specific and focused understanding of best practices and treatment guidelines for various disorders.

Child Psychiatry and the Law

This course investigates the intersection between the law and clinical practice in child and adolescent psychiatry, including discussions of individual rights, the juvenile justice system, forensic evaluations, criminal behavior and ethics.

Ethics in the Clinical Practice of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

This seminar approaches various ethical issues relevant to clinical practice with recognition that certain values are principal and universal, but that the application of those values and principles often requires nuanced approaches and understanding.

Pediatrics and Neurology for the Child Psychiatrist

This course, taught by faculty in the departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, has a focus on major themes of pediatric medicine and neurology relevant for the child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Behavior and Behavioral Therapy

This course provides an overview of functional assessment, operant conditioning, classical conditioning and social learning theory with the goal of enhancing fellows’ proficiency in using these principles clinically.

Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Child and Adolescent Externalizing Behaviors

This course provides an overview of parent effectiveness training (e.g., PCIT), social problem solving, behavioral contracting and school consultation interventions with the goal of enhancing fellows’ proficiency in addressing externalizing problems.

Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluation

From the perspective of psychology and neuropsychology, an analysis of methods, goals, purposes and uses of psychological and neuropsychological evaluation.

Cognitive and Behavioral Outcome of Medical/Neurological Conditions

This course approaches pediatric illness with an attempt to understand the cognitive, emotional and behavioral consequences of illness through a framework of normal and atypical neurodevelopment.

Family-Centered Assessment and Therapy

A seminar designed to introduce the concepts, principles and techniques of family therapy, with an emphasis on developmentally informed, family systems–oriented treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents

An interactive discussion of CBT-based assessment, treatment strategies and skills application for the treatment of common clinical disorders (e.g., anxiety and depression) in children and adolescents.

Principles and Practice of Psychodynamic Psychiatry

This seminar covers the principles and theory of psychodynamic psychiatry with discussion of the application of psychodynamic psychiatry in clinical practice.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

A longitudinal case conference in which discussion of patients is focused on a psychodynamic view of the patient and psychodynamic formulation of the case.

Psychoanalysis and Clinical Manifestations of Psychoanalytic Process

This course focuses on the theory of child development and various models of mind as well as incorporating interactive case-based discussions to enhance clinical application of the theory.

Research Literacy

This course covers basic concepts of research methodology, statistics and other research-related topics with the goal of enhancing understanding of how to critically read, as well as conduct, research.

What Is the Attending Reading?

A journal club format course where various faculty participate on a rolling basis to share and review a paper they have been currently reading. This facilitates a healthy discussion about reading interests of the faculty as well as provide a resource for fellows to stay up to date with the current literature and/or prior important or classic papers.

Career Development/Transition to Practice/Financial Planning

A lecture series by a wide variety of speakers to guide our trainees about adulthood life skills including loan repayment, fundamentals of financial planning and investment. It also includes in-depth discussions about job search, going through the interview process and negotiating employment contracts.

PRITE/Board Review Team-Based Learning

This team-based seminar will serve to help fellows hone problem-based learning skills, study skills and team-based learning skills, with the function of preparing them for the child and adolescent psychiatry PRITE examination as well as general and child psychiatry board examination.

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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

Child/adolescent psychiatry fellows jumping outside Friends Hospital