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Joint Seminars for Adult and Child Tracks

In addition to the core clinical activities, interns from both tracks participate together in seminars and conferences throughout the year. These include:

Psychology as a Human Science (2 hours, weekly, fall and spring)

Dr. Miller

Adult Track, Integrated Care Track (Child Track welcome but optional)

This seminar has two components: theory/case formulation, and clinical case consultation.

The theory and case formulation element is a reading-intensive seminar with Dr. Miller is devoted to fostering the intern's sophistication and facility with theoretical grounding of the formulation of your clinical cases.  The seminar covers: epistemology, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and existential philosophy and psychology.  Readings change each year, but commonly include selections by Kierkegaard, S. Freud, Rollo May, Jean Paul Sartre, Jacques Lacan, and Michel Foucault. 

The clinical case consultation aims to apply ideas from the literature we discuss in the Theory section.  Interns rotate on a predetermined schedule in the presentation of cases, which includes sharing video and preaparing relevant transcriptions.  Interns help each other locate salient and develop concepts from the literature in their patients' presentations and in their own interventions. 

Ethics (2 hours per week, summer)

All Tracks

Dr. Miller

This seminar subjects the relationship between ethics and psychology to a rigorous historical and philosophical examination.  We seek to push beyond the application of the APA ethics code to an exploration of its philosophical underpinnings, and examine the ways in which psychology’s relationship to ethics has been informed and taken up. Texts have included Calum Neill’s Ethics and Psychology and Pope and Vasquez’s Ethics in Plain English, among others.

Theories of Supervision

All Tracks

Dr. Vanderhoff (2 hours per week, summer)

Dr. Vanderhoff guides interns through theoretical and practical considerations surrounding supervision in the developmental and competency-based models using current literature in the field.

Creative Professional Development (1 hour monthly)

All Tracks

Dr. Miller/Featured Speaker

While not a seminar as such, this monthly meeting convenes all interns from both tracks to discuss whatever is needed from the point of view of getting to understand the internship structure, the medical center, issues around professional development and professionalism, etc.

Other Opportunities

CP3: The Center for Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry

Interns are highly encouraged to join CP3. CP3 is a friendly group of those interested in the intersection between philosophy, psychology and psychiatry. We meet monthly, and members include upstate staff, faculty, and trainees, as well as members of the larger community.  Most meetings are organized around a presentation, either by a regular group member or an invited external speaker.  Recent presentations have included: Dr. Awais Aftab on critical psychiatry; Dr. Serife Tekin on the place of the self in psychiatry; Dr. Ronald Pies on both Thomas Szasz and the notion of compassion in psychotherapy; Dr. Michael Miller on Nietzsche's prefiguration of Freud; Dr. Daniel Berthold on Lacan, Kierkegaard and Hegel on "talking cures"; Dr. Chaitan Haldipur on the work of Machado on psychiatry; and a half day workshop on the Experiential Democracy Dialogue by Dr. Kirk Schneider. 

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds (1.5 hours weekly)

Various speakers provide presentations on topics of interest and lead discussion afterward. Speakers from inside and outside of the Department, represent the broad range of behavioral sciences.

Department Sponsored Conferences

Conferences are sometimes offered within the Department of Psychiatry each year and are available to psychology interns.

In recent years, interns have attended conferences on:

  1. Addictions
  2. Psychopharmacology
  3. Creativity
  4. Issues in Forensic Psychiatry
  5. Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy
  6. Dynamic Psychotherapy for OCPD and Histrionic Personality Disorder
  7. Suicidal Behavior and Co-morbid Disorders