The Duke Psychotherapy Track (DPT), led by Marla Wald, MD, helps residents develop advanced psychotherapeutic skills to use in multiple clinical settings.
Residents in the DPT learn both foundational concepts and advanced skills in the following psychotherapies: psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, ACT, group therapy and family/couples therapy.
Residents in the DPT specialize in one particular psychotherapy, as well as the psychodynamics of psychopharmacologic treatment.
Through the program, residents will engage in monthly didactics and journal club, take on additional therapy cases, receive mentorship and pursue networking and other educational opportunities.
Read on to learn more about the specific program components and how to apply.
Each resident receives guidance by a DPT faculty member on how to select additional therapy cases (beyond residency requirements), how many cases to select and how much additional supervision to receive, based on the resident’s PGY year and schedule. Interested PGY4s are supported in picking up a twice-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy case.
Residents may apply to the psychotherapy track in July of their PGY2 or PGY3 year.
“While all residents receive excellent training in the basic psychotherapy modalities and have opportunities for additional electives, the Duke Psychotherapy Track is a great addition for residents who have a particular interest in expanding their therapy skills. Through a yearlong lecture series, expert mentor pairings, and opportunities for academic work, one can truly develop a strong foundation and proficiency in a specific therapy modality to carry forward.”
— Bryan Lao, MD, Fourth-Year Psychiatry Resident