The Psychotherapy Track

The Psychotherapy Track provides an opportunity for highly motivated residents with a special interest in psychotherapy to gain additional training and experience in this area. Whereas all residents at Upstate are expected to develop a therapeutic mindset and obtain basic competence across therapy modalities, residents in the Psychotherapy track are expected to obtain both a broader exposure to psychotherapy principles and a more in-depth proficiency in one specific form of therapy. Residents will work closely with a faculty mentor towards this latter goal. Areas of expertise that residents may choose from include:

Residents commit to participating in the track by the end of their second year. Specific requirements for successful completion of the track include:
  • A full 4 years in the general psychiatry training program.
  • Involvement in one form of personal therapy -- individual, family, or group (e.g., SCT Group).
  • Participation in the monthly meetings of the Psychotherapy Division journal club (the fourth Monday of every month at noon). This meeting is open to all residents and psychology/social work interns. Psychotherapy division faculty and associates also attend.
  • Psychotherapy research or scholarly activity. The proposed project must be approved by the Director of the Division.
  • A clinic caseload in 3rd and 4th year consisting mainly of hourly psychotherapy visits (may include medication management during psychotherapy sessions). This should involve at least 100 hours of supervised clinical experience with one specific form of therapy.
  • Participation in at least two of the psychotherapy electives offered by the Psychotherapy Division during residency training (see list of electives on the Division webpage). Residents in the track are also strongly encouraged to see outpatients for psychotherapy earlier than PGY-3.