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The concept of innovation is inherent in our education, research training and scholarly clinical pursuits, in keeping with core values and key departmental priorities. These include a commitment to serve those with severe mental illness by promoting the concept of the Healthy Brain and early detection/intervention,  reducing disparities and stigma both within local and global communities, and by integrating psychiatry and medicine within a framework of novel, effective and evidence based teaching pedagogies.

We are proud of our many unique educational programs including: the first evidence-based psychotherapy training program in Canada; our highly ranked residency training program with a very successful distributed campus in the Waterloo region; the CBS program offering graduate level courses to develop effective ways to increase the competencies and comfort of agencies and citizens in recognising and managing mental health and addiction problems, opportunities for residents to pursue MSc and PhD studies via the RCPS-accredited Clinical Investigator Program; a Global Mental Health Division with partnerships in Uganda and Guyana; and the McMaster e-learning program for the MD program, created and led by our faculty members, to name but a few. We are committed to educational scholarship, and have partnered with faculty from the Program for Educational Research and Development (PERD) to foster the development of educational activities that promote new knowledge in the field of psychiatric education.

In addition to our psychiatry residency program, we have two psychology training programs which are highly competitive and provide internships for candidates from both Canada and the U.S. Training is available in a full range of psychological assessment instruments and treatment modalities, all under close supervision.

We have more than 30 post-graduate/post-doctoral students whose work in basic science related to mental illness is highly valued and recognized by the Department.

In order to support our overall educational commitment, and to support those seeking careers as educators, the Department has close links with the Faculty’s Program for Faculty Development, in which new and experienced faculty are encouraged to take workshops to enhance skills and which can lead to certification as a university teacher, and with PERD (the Program for Educational Research and Development), a university educational research think tank which is known world-wide for the depth of its research and educational leadership.

Dr. Karen Saperson, Associate Chair, Education

THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIOURAL NEUROSCIENCES

Within the Department, our members are committed to excellence in inter-professional educational scholarship across the continuum, spanning undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education domains. We have a strong track record of enhancing the knowledge and skills of health professionals utilizing a competency-based approach. Our unique strengths derive from a foundation and love of teaching within our faculty, many of whom were attracted to the department by the creative and innovative culture of education fostered by the medical school.

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