• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Seminars and Didactics

A defining feature of our didactics is the Harvard Consolidated Program. In this program, all first-year fellows in the Harvard-affiliated child psychiatry training programs (MGH/McLean, Children's Hospital and Cambridge Health Alliance) come together to participate in a 3-hour didactic session made up of two core seminars: Child Development and Child Psychopathology. Internationally renowned Harvard faculty are guest lecturers on a variety of topics in child mental health research, assessment and treatment. The seminars are coordinated by CHA faculty Maria Sauzier, MD and Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD.

First-Year Summer Seminars

Scholarly Activities – Nick Carson, MD and second-year fellow Sol Adelsky, MD
Systems Issues – Joel Goldstein, MD
Normal Development – Susannah Sherry, MD
Introduction to Child Psychiatric Illness – Malak Rafla, MD and second-year fellow Kevin Coughlin, MD
Pragmatics of Child Psychiatry –Lee Robinson, MD and CHA Faculty Introduction to Pediatric Psychopharmacology – Sandra DeJong, MD

First-Year Seminars: September – June

Clinical Scholarship (with second-years) - Nick Carson, MD and John Hamilton, MD, MSc
Harvard Consolidated Program:
Child Development – Maria Sauzier, MD, Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD (Course Directors)
Child Psychopathology – Maria Sauzier, MD and Harvard faculty
Inpatient Clinical Case Conference – Tim Dugan, MD and Judy Tsafrir, MD
Inpatient Family Therapy Case Conference – John Sargent, MD
Family Therapy Seminar – Jill Harkaway, EdD
Introduction to Child Evaluation – CHA Faculty
School C/L – Nancy Rappaport, MD
Medical C/L – Amy Mayhew, MD, MPH
Neuropsychological Evaluation – Laura Gaugh, PsyD
Forensics – Barbara Hauser, LICSW and Adam Rosen JD, PhD
Parenting – Susannah Sherry, MD and Ann Hess, MD
Pediatric Psychopharmacology – Lee Robinson, MD and visiting faculty

Second-Year Summer Seminars

Learning How to Teach – Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc
Integrated Psychiatric Assessment – Allison Warshof, LICSW and visiting faculty
Child Psychotherapy – Jennifer Harris, MD and Theodore Murray, MD
Culture and Society – Xenia Johnson-Bhembe, MD
Infancy and Attachment: Clinical Implications – Ayelet Barkai, MD and Ann Epstein, MD
Gender and Sexuality – Cindy Telingator, MD and John Wechter, EdD
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy - Lauren Marchette, PhD

Second-Year Seminars: September - June

Administration and Leadership – Lee Robinson, MD
Clinical Scholarship (with first-years), Nick Carson MD and John Hamilton MD, MSc
School Supervision – Nancy Rappaport, MD
Integration and Special Topics – Don Condie, MD and Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Jennifer Harris, MD and Theodore Murray, MD
Play Therapy – Neal Kass, MD
Neuroscience of Addictions – Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc
Transitions to Practice – Joel Goldstein, MD
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – Jeanne Strassburger, PhD
Trauma-Focused CBT – Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc
Family Therapy (elective) – Jill Harkaway, EdD

In addition to the above seminars, first- and second-year fellows have twice-monthly training meetings with the program directors to discuss training issues, and also meet monthly with a facilitator Jeanne Heiple, MD, for a peer support group.

Family Therapy Training, CHA

Family Therapy is often a core component of any successful psychiatric treatment of a child or adolescent. The guidelines of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the recommendations of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on the Family all underscore the role of working with families. To this end, the CHA child psychiatry fellowship offers a very strong grounding in Family Therapy training opportunities. These opportunities aim to provide fellows with a basic conceptual understanding of family therapy as well as a range of experiences across treatment settings with different kinds of families and family issues.

In the first year, fellows participate in a year-long seminar that introduces Family Therapy Theory, assessment and intervention. The seminar consists of didactics and observation of family consultations using a one-way mirror, with a daylong “Family Therapy Retreat” to wrap-up the academic year. The focus of this seminar is on acquiring basic knowledge, skills and attitudes in working with family systems. This seminar is taught by Jill Harkaway, EdD. In the second year, an elective advanced seminar is available. This seminar, taught by Jill Harkaway provides clinical training in Family Therapy through case consultation and/or live supervision using a one-way mirror. Case supervision is also offered by all members of the faculty.

Fellows also participate in inpatient Family Consultations, conducted on both the Child Assessment Unit and the Adolescent Assessment Unit, and participate in a Family Therapy Case Conference, precepted by John Sargent, MD.

Program in Psychodynamics

The Program in Psychodynamics is an elective opportunity for fellows in both years across all three Harvard Child Psychiatry Fellowship programs. Its goal is to foster the career development of fellows with an interest in psychodynamics, psychodynamic research, psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The core activity is a monthly dinner meeting at the home of program faculty to discuss relevant topics defined by the program participants. The program offers a flexible set of opportunities for enrichment in the Fellowship and two years post Fellowship. In collaboration with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI), the Program in Psychodynamics allows fellows to enhance and deepen their psychodynamic interests and to integrate psychodynamic scholarship into the rigorous clinical training provided to all CHA child psychiatry fellows.

Teaching during Child Training

All our fellows are encouraged to teach during their child training. Fellows have a hands-on, interactive "Learning to Teach" seminar in the summer of their second year. Fellows are then assigned teaching responsibilities based on their interests. In the past, fellows have co-taught seminars, taught medical students and general psychiatry residents on the inpatient units and outpatient evaluation teams, given lectures as part of standing seminars, developed curricula for public education, given talks in community settings and helped organize and teach an onsite Harvard Medical School course on interviewing patients.

Minority Trainee Mentoring Alliance (MTMA)

Multidisciplinary first-year trainees (i.e. nursing, psychology, psychiatry, social work) in the Department of Psychiatry at CHA who self-identify with a minority group or groups (e.g. ethnic, racial, sexual, religious) are invited to the Minority Trainee Mentoring Alliance (MTMA). This program is sponsored by the Diversity Task Force at CHA as an opportunity for first-year trainees to meet and talk with others who have transitioned into this unique academic setting. Second-year trainees and current faculty who are former CHA trainees will also be present to offer support and their valuable insights to acclimating to CHA, to Harvard Medical School and to New England (for those who are spending their first year here in the Boston metropolitan area). This initiative is led by Dr. Treniece Lewis-Harris, the Director of Child Psychology Outpatient Training at CHA.