Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

At CHA, we aim to develop clinical, academic, and innovation leaders in community child and adolescent psychiatry. Our supportive learning environment embraces health equity, diversity, and a compassionate, family-centered, evidence-based approach to caring for children and families.

  • Program Overview

    The Child/Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Training Program at Cambridge Health Alliance is a two-year training program first certified by the ACGME on April 30, 1967. Our program proudly has its roots in psychodynamic therapies and public sector, multicultural, community-based care. We continue to nurture this tradition, but also train fellows in other evidence-based treatment modalities in a comprehensive bio-psycho-socio-cultural model. 

    We are committed to training highly ethical, compassionate, and skilled physicians to provide excellent psychiatric care to children and families of all backgrounds, using an integrative and collaborative approach. We aim to develop leaders in community child and adolescent psychiatry who will embody these core clinical values, and work to improve the systems, science, and practices supporting children and families in need.

    The training experience has a strong foundation of adult learning principles, and includes a combination of interactive didactics, longitudinal and rotation-based clinical practice, individual and group supervision, and independent and group projects and scholarship.

    During the two years, fellows:

    • develop proficiency in performing bio-psycho-socio-cultural evaluations of children and families of diverse backgrounds in a variety of treatment settings.
    • are taught to engage families in shared decision making around the most evidence-based, cost-effective, and appropriate treatment plans for each family’s unique set of preferences, beliefs, and strengths.
    • develop a deep understanding of the systems of care that can be rallied to support children and families, and have extensive opportunities to participate in these collaborations throughout fellowship.
    • will become proficient in the judicious use of medication and other biological interventions in the treatment of psychiatric disorders in youth, and will develop a range of psychotherapy techniques, including: intensive psychodynamic individual psychotherapy, intensive family therapy, brief and focused individual and family therapies, supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, psycho-educational interventions, and group therapy.
    • develop their skills of leadership, scholarship, and improvement in community mental health care through experiential learning in such topics as: health equity and disparities, social determinants of health, structural competency, population health, and value-based care.
  • The First Year

    The first year is divided into five 10-week blocks that allow fellows to develop expertise in a variety of settings, including:

    • Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry, Psychiatric Emergency Services and Psychiatric Urgent Care
    • Neurodevelopmental / Autism Assessment Clinic
    • Wrap-around community services and state agencies,
    • Residential psychiatric facility
    • Inpatient and outpatient pediatric medical settings.

    In addition, rotations within each block focus on issues such as developmental disorders, pediatric neurology, early childhood development and infant mental health, early intervention,  interdisciplinary outpatient diagnostic evaluations, pediatric primary care-mental health integration, and adolescent addiction services.

    Also in the first year, trainees begin their longitudinal outpatient experience in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and begin a longitudinal group quality and process improvement project. All fellows have elective time during the first year that can be used to pursue individual interests within the field.

  • The Second Year

    The second year is focused on seeing a diverse outpatient population for a full range of treatments including family therapy, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapies.

    In addition, second-year fellows learn about forensic psychiatry in the juvenile court clinic and through evaluations of children seeking asylum. They learn about school consultation through a year-long school placement in Cambridge Public Schools.

    All second year fellows also have weekly dedicated elective time throughout the year.

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