Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Didactics Curriculum


Fellows are encouraged to attend Baylor Psychiatry's Grand Rounds, which are held every Wednesday throughout the academic year and include a variety of topics related to the history and practice of psychiatry. Fellows are also encouraged to attend Baylor Psychiatry's Journal Club. Additionally, fellows are invited to participate in the MEDVAMC Psychiatry Noon Conference, held every other Monday throughout the academic year.

The clinical faculty leads weekly didactics for the Addictions fellows on Friday afternoons. The Fundamentals of Addictions course focuses on readings from seminal texts in the field, examining the neurobiology of addiction, and studying the mechanism of action, clinical presentation, and treatment for each substance of abuse. The Psychotherapeutics of Addiction course introduces the concept of addiction as a behavioral and psychodynamic phenomenon as well as providing instruction in the treatment of addictive disorders using various psychotherapy modalities (including CBT, DBT, MET, ACT and contingency management). Faculty will also provide separate supervision on addiction group psychotherapy to fellows.  Under supervision of an addictions-boarded faculty member, fellows will also present to each other the chapters of The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine textbook.  This unique format will sharpen presentation skills as well as prepare all fellows for their addictions board examination.