CAP I General Outpatient Psychotherapy Clinic (University of Chicago)

Patient Care

The resident works with approximately 2-4 hours of long-term individual and family based outpatient cases per week during the first year of training and approximately 8-12 hours per week in the second year of training.  Residents manage their own clinical schedules with the supervision of the faculty. Residents become skilled in evaluation and treatment planning for children, adolescents and their families.

Medical Knowledge:

The resident will demonstrate the ability to conduct a range of individual, and family therapies using standard, accepted models that are evidence-based, and integrate these psychotherapies and psychopharmacologic interventions in their daily clinic activities.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

The resident will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with the patient and their family (while respecting confidentiality):

  • the results of the assessment
  • the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment plan, including possible side-effects of psychotropic medications
  • alternatives (if any) to the proposed treatment plan
  • education concerning the disorder, its prognosis, and prevention strategies

Professionalism

The resident will demonstrate responsibility for their patients’ care. This includes:

  • responding to patient communications
  • use of the medical record for appropriate documentation of the course of illness and its treatment
  • providing coverage if unavailable, e.g., out of town, on vacation
  • coordinating care with other members of the medical and/or multidisciplinary team
  • providing for appropriate transfer or referral if this is necessary

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

The resident will demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate the psychiatric literature. This may include:

  • using knowledge of common methodologies employed in psychiatric research to evaluate studies, particularly drug treatment trials
  • conducting and presenting reviews of current research in such formats as journal clubs, grand rounds, and/ or original publications
  • researching and summarizing a particular problem that derives from the resident’s case load

Systems-based Practice

The resident will learn to access systems of care when ongoing therapy cases need more intensive services, and will be able to work with insurance companies and state funding agencies to obtain needed services for their patients.