In addition to the core clinical activities, interns from both tracks participate together in seminars and conferences throughout the year. These include:
Interns take turns with audiovisual presentations of ongoing cases. The same case is followed for a period of time ranging from a few weeks to a few months. Issues in psychotherapy are discussed and approaches to therapy are taught that extend and enlarge what is learned during individual supervision. Sessions on ethics and diversity are included.
This year-long, reading-intensive seminar is devoted to fostering your sophistication and facility with the assessment and formulation of your clinical cases. We will be chiefly concerned with how we approach, integrate, and interpret the data we have gleaned from testing, clinical interview, and other opportunities for assessment. The seminar is divided into the following units: Individualized and Therapeutic Assessment, Projective Technique, Phenomenological Case Formulation, Psychoanalytic Case Formulation, and Theorizing and Formulating Identity and Difference. The seminar is coordinated by Dr. Miller, and is co-taught by Drs. Miller, Vanderhoff and Mbuqe. Readings include texts by Constance Fischer, Ernesto Spinelli, Jacques Lacan, Bruce Fink, and Frantz Fanon, among others.
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.
During the course of the year, the Professional Interest Group meets periodically and informally with different faculty members at the faculty member's home to address issues of mutual interest and those that may not have come up elsewhere in training. Past topics have included the psychologist's role in legal cases, ethical issues, testing of Freud's ideas, setting up a private practice, state licensing laws, job searching, and professional development.
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:
Special seminars are arranged to cover topics of interest to faculty or interns and are scheduled whenever the need arises. A visiting expert, for instance, in Statistics or Forensic Psychiatry might be invited to lead such a conference.