The Core Curriculum is a formal didactic program tailored for the addiction psychiatry program. Most didactics occur on Wednesday mornings, but addiction psychiatry residents are also encouraged to enroll in elective if they chose during training. Required courses include:
  • Psychotherapy for Substance Abuse Seminar (Course Director, Donna LaPaglia, PhD).
    The purpose of this course is to understand the theoretical basis underlying the psychosocial treatment for substance use disorders, such as motivational interviewing, motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive and behavioral treatment, interpersonal treatments and twelve-step facilitation.
  • Special Populations in Substance Abuse Treatment Seminar (Course Directors, Andrea Weinberger, PhD and Laurie Edwards, PsyD)
    The purpose of this course is to understand evidence-based, integrated treatment approaches pertaining to sex differences, multi-cultural issues, dual-diagnosis populations (e.g., personality disorders, psychotic-real disorders, depression, anxiety) criminal justice populations (e.g., parenting issues)
  • Core Substance Abuse Seminar in Addictions Psychiatry (Course Director, Declan Barry, PhD)
    The purpose of this course is to cover core material on the introduction to the epidemiology, sociology, psychology, and clinical course of substance abuse disorders and the major prevention and treatment approaches to substance abuse and dependence, the neurobiology of alcohol and drug abuse, animal behavioral models and behavioral pharmacology, neuroimaging, and genetics of addictive disorders.
  • Division of Substance Abuse Research Seminar (Course Director, Marc Potenza, MD, PhD)
    The Purpose of this course is to understand new research ideas, protocols and findings. To understand general research issues, evidence-based integrated treatment approaches for people with substance use disorders.
  • Journal Club  (course director, Ismene Petrakis, MD)
    The purpose of this course is to provide residents and trainees an opportunity to review current articles and research, classics in the literature, and to teach each other about these topics and issues. The seminar also provides a forum for discussions of health policy issues, ethical issues, and economic and social factors. Topics for the advanced seminar series are chosen with considerable input from trainees, and the trainees will be responsible for teaching specific seminars or for arranging a faculty presenter or discussant.

Additionally, there are numerous electives to choose from, recent examples include research methodology course, statistics, neuroimaging in substance abuse disorders, administrative psychiatry course.