Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Residency Training Program

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Penn Psychotherapy Training

Psychotherapy Didactics

  • Seminars on supportive, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure treatment, exposure and response prevention, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Cases conferences each year
  • On-unit seminars on inpatient psychotherapy
  • Observed Continuous Cases - psychodynamic, cognitive, CBT, systems

Residents' Psychotherapy Practice (RPP)

  • First patient PGY2
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Diverse caseload, including supportive, psychodynamic, CBT
  • Min. 5 hours/week patients seen
  • Couples/Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy, including DBT Group (optional)

Psychotherapy Supervision

  • Begins PGY2 year
  • General, Psychodynamic, CBT, Couples/Family, Group
  • 3 Supervisors in PGY3, 3 or 4 in PGY4


Psychotherapy Research

  • Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
  • Beck Institute
  • Center for Psychotherapy Research

Psychotherapy Track

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Special Programs
Annual Penn Psychotherapy Professorship

This annual educational program, which has featured Aaron Beck, MD, Marsha Linehan, PhD, Glen Gabbard, MD and others,  brings a national psychotherapy expert to meet with residents for a half-day devoted to teaching and case discussion about a specialized topic in psychotherapy.