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Psychotherapy Track

The goal of the Emory Psychiatry Residency Psychotherapy Track is to provide an intensive experience for psychiatry residents interested in deepening and broadening their understanding and technical proficiency in psychotherapy. The Psychotherapy Track is a two-year elective opportunity for PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents to develop their clinical and academic interest in psychotherapy.


During the PGY-3 year 18-20 hours (5 half days) and during the PGY-4 year 36 hours (9 half-days) will be dedicated to the psychotherapy activities described below. 

  • Clinical Activity: Residents will have between 8-12 hours of weekly face-to-face time with psychotherapy patients in individual, couples/family, and group format.
  • Educational Training: Residents will receive a rich educational experience in the practical application of psychotherapy via the core curriculum, as well as weekly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic case conferences. Additionally, residents in the psychotherapy track will participate in psychotherapy elective seminars covering a broad range of topics such as family/marital therapy, Short-term Psychodynamic Therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy.
  • Scholarly Project: Beginning in the 3rd year residents in the track will work with a faculty mentor to develop a research or performance improvement project that will result in dissemination of the project during 4th year via co-authored papers and conference presentations.
  • Supervision: In addition to supervisors in cognitive and dynamic therapy that all residents work with during the 3rd and 4th year, a single mentor/supervisor will provide longitudinal mentorship during the PGY-3 and PGY-4 year. This supervisor will be responsible for providing extra didactic training and overseeing the residents scholarly project. The advisor will have an expertise in the psychotherapy orientation that the resident wishes to specialize in during the 4th year. 
  • Outpatient Chief Resident: During the 4th year, as a chief resident, participants in this track will have additional responsibilities including the supervision of PGY-2 residents and participating in the administration of the Outpatient Psychotherapy Training Program and the Outpatient Psychopharmacology Program.