Training methods also include a substantial didactic component, which consists of a formal seminar series, journal club, and other educational opportunities. Psychology and psychiatry seminars designed to meet the training needs of the interns in the program feature presentations by training faculty and other professionals from UAMS and the local community, as well as by nationally and internationally recognized experts in behavioral health-related disciplines. Recent topics include chronic illnesses, eating disorders, elimination disorders, child maltreatment and reporting, child abuse, nonoffending parents of sexual abuse victims, children with sexual behavior problems, legal and risk management, ethics, cultural competence, psychiatric medications, psychological testing feedback and report writing, applied behavior analysis, sleep disorders, bipolar disorder, burnout and stress management, life after internship, PTSD, TF-CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, family therapy, religion and spirituality in clinical practice, mindfulness and mediation, hypnosis, divorce, communication disorders, psychosocial rehabilitation for persons with SMI, borderline personality disorder, DBT, neuropsychology, and deep brain stimulation and TBI.
Required didactic opportunities include weekly Psychology Intern Seminar, bimonthly Psychiatry Grand Rounds and Case Conferences, quarterly Joint Internship Seminar (with the other two APA-approved internships in Little Rock located that the VA medical center and Arkansas State Hospital), and the annual Arkansas Psychology Association Conference.
Elective didactic opportunities include weekly Psychiatry Resident Seminar; weekly Psychiatry Division of Health Services Research Conference; weekly Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds; weekly Department of Neurology Grand Rounds; weekly Neuropathology Brain Cuttings; and weekly College of Public Health Research, Policy, and Health Promotion Conference.