Longitudinal Outpatient Clinic
The Penn State Hershey Psychiatry program considers intensive outpatient experience to be an important part of psychiatric residency training. The Outpatient Adult Psychiatry Service is structured to meet the needs of a diverse population of patients. Treatment is provided within a bio-psychosocial framework to ensure well-balanced care. In addition to attending and resident psychiatrists, the clinic is staffed with nurses, psychologists and social workers.
This outpatient experience is highly focused on resident education. It is the primary rotation for training in psychotherapy competencies including cognitive–behavioral, psychodynamic, supportive, and brief psychotherapies. Appropriate psychotherapeutic modalities may be combined with pharmacological management as indicated. Intensive supervision and therapy-focused didactics form a significant portion of resident training during this outpatient experience.