PGE Update Regarding Protected Time for Psychotherapy Training

 

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director, and Dr. Michelle van den Engh, Associate Program Director, Resident Psychotherapy Training ***

 

Dear Colleagues,

The UBC Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to developing highly skilled psychiatrists who are able to practice a variety of psychotherapies with patients who suffer from the full range of psychiatric disorders. To achieve competency in specific psychotherapy modalities, residents are required to see individual patients longitudinally with case-specific supervision over the course of residency training. Time for preparation, possible travel, and documentation need to be factored in as well. In consultation with the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program Psychotherapy Committee, Program Committee and Executive Committee, the following updated guidelines regarding protected time for psychotherapy were reviewed and approved, as of the 2021/22 academic year:

  • PGY2: Residents have up to 2 hours of protected time per week for psychotherapy as needed (supportive psychotherapy/CBT/group therapy) during their inpatient psychiatry rotation. During PGY2 outpatient psychiatry rotations, psychotherapy training experiences are integrated into core rotation schedules.
  • PGY3: Residents have up to 4 hours (from the previous 3 hours) of protected time per week for psychotherapy (psychodynamic psychotherapy; group therapy/CBT if applicable). Protected time for family therapy is integrated into the core Child and Adolescent Psychiatry rotation.
  • PGY4: Residents have up to 4 hours (from the previous 3 hours) of protected time per week for psychotherapy (psychodynamic psychotherapy; CBT; IPT; group therapy if applicable).

Thank you for your support. The Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program greatly values your engagement in and commitment to resident training.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Irfan Khanbhai
Program Director
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program

 

Dr. Michelle van den Engh
Associate Program Director, Resident Psychotherapy Training
UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program