Inpatient at UNM Children?s Psychiatric Center (CPC)

Location: Children's Psychiatric Center

Child psychiatry fellows at CPC encounter the full range of child/adolescent psychopathology. They also have the opportunity to care for children and families from a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Training includes:

  • interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, and formulation
  • coordination and delivery of multimodal treatment
  • various psychotherapeutic interventions, including
    • cognitive-behavioral,
    • dialectical behavioral
    • motivational interviewing
    • milieu
    • experiential
    • family
    • focused
    • supportive
    • behavioral therapies, especially as these apply to child and adolescent patients
  • pediatric psychopharmacology
  • emergency evaluation and crisis management;
  • inpatient milieu management
  • court commitments and legal issues
  • working as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

During their first year of training, fellows spend the full-time equivalent of

  • four and a half months in acute inpatient psychiatry.
  • three months to an acute child cottage (4-10 year olds)
  • three months in an adolescent cottage (11-17 year olds)

Each rotation constitutes 70% of the fellow’s weekly time. Fellows customarily assume responsibility for 1-2 inpatients, providing medication management, individual, and family therapy, and assist the attending in the psychopharmacologic management of other patients.

Fellows customarily receive approximately 15-30 minutes of daily supervision and one full hour of weekly individual supervision with the cottage attending physician. Fellows also are frequently involved with other members of the patient’s clinical team.

Additional specific learning experiences may be arranged depending upon the fellows’ interests, available time, and available opportunities.