Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 19–28 | Cite as

Importance of communication training for psychiatric residents and mental health trainees

  • Jane J. Giddan
  • Jeff Wahl
  • Mark Brogan


Through the illustration of a clinical vignette and excerpts from interviews with trainees, this paper suggests that communication and communication disorders are essential issues in child psychiatry training. The vignette shows how communication issues pervade a multidisciplinary psychoeducational day treatment program. The importance of communication in the clinical experience and its impact on the professional preparation of psychiatry residents and mental health trainees are examined, and conclusions and recommendations for the goals of a training program in child psychiatry are presented which expand upon those findings.

Key Words

Multidisciplinary Teams Communication Disorders Day Treatment Psychoeducational Program Mental Health Trainees Psychiatric Residents Child Psychiatry 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane J. Giddan
    • 1
  • Jeff Wahl
    • 1
  • Mark Brogan
    • 1
  1. 1.Kobacker CenterMedical College of OhioToledo

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