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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:

Clinical Consultation/Praxis Group (2 hours, biweekly, fall and spring)

Dr. Miller

Every-other week, adult interns meet to discuss psychotherapy cases with the aims of applying ideas from the literature we discuss in the Theory and Case Formulation seminar, which occurs on the off-weeks at the same time.  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 concepts from the literature in their patients' presentations and in their own interventions. (Optional for child-track interns).

Theory and Case Formulation (2 hours, biweekly, fall and spring)

Dr. Miller

This 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 is divided into the following units: Psychology and epistemology, Phenomenological Case Formulation, Psychoanalytic Case Formulation, and Social Power and Case Formulation.  Readings change each year, but commonly include selections by S. Freud, Leswin Laubscher, Constance Fischer, Ernesto Spinelli, Jacques Lacan, , and Michel Foucault.  (Optional for child-track interns).

Identity and Difference (2 hours per week, summer)

Drs. Mbuqe and Miller

We take up diversity issues through the lens of mainstream psychology, critical psychology, post-colonial theory, and philosophy. Readings commonly include texts by Frantz Fanon, Clifford Geertz, Sue & Sue, Linda Martin Alcoff, Stuart Hall, and others.

Ethics (2 hours per week, summer)

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.


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.

Director's Rounds (1 hour monthly)

Dr. Miller

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

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

A host of conferences are 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