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Seminars, Topics & Schedules

Reading Seminar

Required. All child psychiatryfellows and faculty attend
Weekly: 8:30 to 9:30

Achievements of the first year, Attachment Theory, Assessment and Interventions of ADHD, Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders, Cognitive and Biological Attainments of Middle Childhood, Common Genetic Disorders, Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Developmental Perspectives, Early Childhood, Early Experiences and Later Life, Early Infancy, Enuresis and Encopresis, Epidemiology of Child Psychiatric Disorders, Etiology of Child Psychopathology, Heredity and Environment, Language Acquisition, Learning Disabilities, Etiology of Mental Retardation, The Neurological Exam, Schooling and Development in Middle Childhood, Separation and Deprivation, Speech and Language Disorders, Tic Disorders

Therapeutic Modalities

Weekly: 9:45 to 10:45

Psychopharmacology, Behavior Therapies, Case Conferences, Cognitive Therapies, Family, Individual, and School Interventions for ADHD and Impulsive Behaviors, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Children, Treatment of Anxiety, Treatment of Depression, Working with Diversity.

Group Therapy Supervision

Required. All child psychiatry fellows and some staff attend
Monthly, 11:00 to 12:00

Group supervisory session led by a doctorate-level psychologist.

Curriculum and Education Committee

Approx. twice per month at 12:00 The child psychiatry chief resident attends this meeting with faculty members and the program coordinator, and has direct involvement in residency curriculum planning and in training issues.

Forensic Psychiatry Seminar

Required. All child psychiatry fellows and faculty attend.
Six sessions through the academic year, 10:15 to 12:00

Philosophical Differences Between Law and Psychiatry, The Forensic Evaluation, Ethical Issues in Forensic Evaluations, Legal Rights of Juveniles, Competency, Bindover, Assessing Dangerousness, Sentencing Issues, Consent, Confidentiality, Duty to Protect, Commitment, Record Keeping, Subpoenas for Records, Malpractice, Boundaries in Child Psychotherapy, Testifying in Court, Custody Evaluations, Child Abuse and Neglect, Sexual Abuse Forensic Psychiatry Seminar, Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption, Psychic Trauma and Tort Litigation, State of Mind Evaluations.

Resident-Faculty Meetings

Once monthly at 12:00 Fellowship training, clinical, staffing issues discussed in an informal setting. Residents attend along with members of each discipline in the child psychiatry division, the training director, and the program coordinator.

Journal Club

Required. All child psychiatry fellows attend
Approx. once per month at 12:00PM

The child psychiatry residents are assigned in rotation to lead a discussion based on a journal article selection of their choice. A child psychiatry faculty member also attends to help facilitate discussion.

Resident-Faculty Meetings

Fellowship training, clinical, staffing issues discussed monthly in an informal setting. Residents attend along with members of each discipline in the child psychiatry division, the training director, and the program coordinator.

Curriculum and Education Committee

The child psychiatry chief resident attends this meeting monthly with faculty members and the program coordinator, and has direct involvement in residency curriculum planning and in training issues.

Forensic Psychiatry Seminar

All first year child psychiatry fellows must attend the second and fifth Mondays of the month.

Summer “Boot camp” Seminars

Summer didactic sessions are shared with the PGY-3 general psychiatry residents. The summer includes “Talking with Children”, a course interviews “normal” children, adolescents, and parents from the community to learn about normal development and begin to gain skills to talk with children of all ages. The summer also includes observing faculty interviewing patients being admitted to the clinic, basics of family therapy, community resources, a few sessions on core differences of psychopharmacology for children and adolescents, and helping co-teach a developmental psychopathology seminar to the PGY-3 residents.

Academic Year Seminar Series: Development and Developmental Psychopathology: A 2-year rolling curriculum covering the basics of child and adolescent development and developmental psychopathology.

Research Literacy & Journal Club: A yearly seminar series giving CAP trainees the tools to critically appraise and understand relevant research literature, to apply research findings to clinical practice, to understand the concepts and practice of Evidence-Based Medicine, and to understand basic research design and interpretation of data.

Psychotherapies: A series of seminars covering family therapy models, individual evidence-based psychotherapy models for children and adolescents, and group psychotherapies.

Systems Based Practice: A 2-year rolling curriculum exploring the various systems and philosophies to provide culturally sensitive care to youth.

Pediatric Psychopharmacology: An in depth course covering the basic pharmacology of psychotropic medications, indication and evidence for youth, and treatments for various child mental health conditions.

Clinical Rotations

The clinical rotations closely follow the primary services provided by the Child Psychiatry division. First-year residents spend an intensive four-month block on inpatient services, and refine skills in consultation with a inpatient consultation-liaison rotation. During the second year, residents are expected to see a broad variety of patients and to develop a diverse therapeutic caseload.

First Year:

  • Inpatient Psychiatry, including: Adolescents, Developmental Disabilities, Latency-Age Children's Hospital
  • 2 months Inpatient Consultation-Liaison at Maine Medical Center ’s Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
  • ANCHOR Assertive Community Treatment Program
  • Systems of Care Rotation in Pediatric Neurology

Second Year:

Outpatient Psychiatry, including:

  • DBT Group
  • Forensic Experience
  • Outpatient Consultation
  • School Consultation
  • Selective Experience
  • 2 months Inpatient Consultation-Liaison at Maine Medical Center's Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

Primary sites include MMC, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and Spring Harbor Hospital. Affiliated sites include Long Creek Youth Development Center, Maine Neurology and The Collaborative School.


The Child Psychiatry Fellowship at MMC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for two years of post-graduate training. We are a modern general hospital, and for many years have offered post-graduate training of superior quality. Drawing upon the resources of Maine Medical Center, we offer training solidly based in clinical medicine. Psychiatry is well integrated into the hospital setting and the Child Psychiatry subspecialty residency is an integral part of the approved four-year residency in general psychiatry at Maine Medical Center.

MMC is the major tertiary medical care and training facility for northern New England. MMC is located in Portland, Maine, which is a lively and vital center for the arts, education, business, law, and medicine for a large region of northern New England. Its location on the Maine coast and near the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire provides an unrivaled living environment, as well as a patient population that represents problems indigenous to both urban and rural settings.

In addition, MMC has an academic affiliation with the Tufts University School of Medicine and combines the best aspects of patient care and academic stimulation. Maine Medical Center also is used as a training facility for numbers of other students doing internships in the fields of clinical psychology, social work, nursing, and allied medical areas.

Supervision is a core component of our training program with two hours per week of individual supervision for psychotherapy and outpatient management and close supervision on clinical rotations. Our faculty are highly invested in promoting the professional growth of our child and adolescent psychiatry fellows.