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TNT Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Track (CAP)

A CME/MOC certificate program designed to significantly improve provider expertise, knowledge and comfort-level in specialized primary care-based child and adolescent psychiatry, while expanding and optimizing the pediatric behavioral healthcare delivery system.


is the 2nd leading cause of death in 10–14-year-olds
is the 3rd leading cause of death in 15–24-year-olds.1 

Lifetime Prevalence of any Behavioral Health Diagnosis in US Youth

ages 0–17 is 49.5%.2,3

The UCI School of Medicine Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Fellowship Track is a year-long clinical education certificate program for primary care-oriented trainees and providers who wish to receive advanced training in the care of pediatric and adolescent patients with behavioral health concerns. This training is provided by national experts at the interface of integrated child and adolescent psychiatric and general practice; many of whom are “triple-trained” in pediatrics, psychiatry and child / adolescent psychiatry. The program includes a strong focus on learning with translation to excellent delivery of behavioral healthcare for mainly underserved populations. TNT CAP started in 2022, with a goal to expand to facilitate better care and outcomes for children and adolescents and the primary care providers who work with them. We train primary care and pediatric providers to:

  • Recognize behavioral manifestations of common mild to moderate psychiatric conditions in children and adolescents
  • Complete a quick and targeted “primary care psychiatric” assessment
  • Complete and interpret evidence-based screening tools for common childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders
  • Provide evidence-based treatment using cognitive therapy techniques, motivational interviewing, family support and intervention, and use of appropriate medications

Mentorship and Teaching

The primary goal of the TNT CAP fellowship is to provide mentorship and teaching skills in the area of primary care child and adolescent psychiatry. Trainees will learn:

  • How to complete an evidence-based and efficient psychiatric interview in the busy primary care or pediatric setting
  • How to effectively diagnose and treat commonly encountered psychiatric conditions such as attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder, mood, anxiety, psychotic and substance misuse disorders
  • How to navigate boundaries and family dynamics with children and adolescents with behavioral or mental health concerns
  • How to teach these principles to their primary care colleagues

Overview of Program

  • The curriculum includes over 50 hours of training and will lead to a certificate of completion from the UCI School of Medicine
  • Fellowship cohorts begin in January and end in December
  • Two mandatory intensive training sessions (in-person):
    • Friday and Saturday in January
    • Friday and Saturday in August
  • Live webinars on the second Monday at noon and the third Monday at 5:15 PM (PST) via Zoom
  • One hour per month of mentoring sessions with a TNT faculty member
  • Optional "open office hours" in specialized areas 
  • Complimentary lifelong learning and mentorship for alumni