with its mission to increase the national expertise in treating mood and anxiety disorders, the Institute offers unique training opportunities. These range from intensive one- or two-day Advanced Clinical Training Experiences (ACTE) to year-long fellowships.
Training Experiences (ACTE):
Once physicians have their courses complete and their online education degrees in hand, there is still a lot to learn and keep up with. That is what an advanced clinical allows. These programs are designed to update physicians, psychologists and other mental health professionals on the diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders based on a review of the field and recent clinical advances, with a partial focus on special populations (elderly, women, bipolars). By the end of the course, attendees will have a heightened understanding of the psychopharmacology of these patients and strategies for enhancing treatment response. The ACTEs include a combination of lectures, patient evaluations and follow-up consultations.
“The Advanced Clinical Training was clearly the best educational experience I’ve had since I finished my residency. I haven’t had that kind of experience with such sensitive and brilliant clinicians for over thirty years.” Michael S. Perlman, MD
These one-year programs are designed for doctoral level clinicians who have completed their necessary residencies and certifications. Fellows dedicate four days each week to research and related activities with one day reserved for patient care. Each fellow is assigned a mentor from the senior staff to help foster his/her research. Fellows are trained to perform diagnostic procedures and use clinical efficacy scales in their patient care and are encouraged to develop independent projects and research papers. All fellows, staff physicians and psychologists, and research coordinators meet together twice each week.