Fourth year psychiatry residents from Baystate Medical Center, affiliated with University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), are eligible to participate in a 4- or 9-month elective in College Mental Health and Narrative Psychiatry.
The elective is designed to offer participants experience in assessing and treating the mental health challenges that young adults face and in providing psychiatric care to college students using the collaborative, resilience-focused approach of narrative psychiatry. Participants will also learn to effectively collaborate with the wider college community and upon completion of the elective, will be well-prepared to work as a staff psychiatrist at a college or university counseling service.
Participants in the elective will conduct initial psychiatric consultations with college and graduate students, provide psychopharmacologic consultation, collaborate with psychotherapists, participate in weekly multi-disciplinary case-consultation teams, and may also offer short-term psychotherapy or co-facilitate therapy groups. Residents are supervised by SuEllen Hamkins, MD, who has expertise in college mental health, narrative psychiatry and narrative therapy.