Identity, Training and Growth: Family Therapy and Training Child Psychiatrists
The youngest enter the fellowship at age 27 or 28. Many are 30, beginning the fourth decade of their lives, still in training and still seeking their niche of professional identity. Some come to child psychiatry because their past experiences with children had been particularly rewarding. They may have forged important bonds with younger siblings or cousins, worked rewardingly in summer children’s camps, or functioned well with pediatric patients; perhaps some successfully tutored disadvantaged youngsters, or empathically counseled kids in trouble. Others come with less experience and consequently with even more idealistic fervor: “Children are the future! Give me the child and I’ll give you the adult! As the twig is bent, so the tree grows!” Some Child Fellows are wary of adults, feel more secure with children. A few seek to re-parent themselves.
KeywordsFamily Therapy Professional Identity Child Psychiatry Child Psychiatrist Section VIII
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