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Psychiatry Training

Program overview

We are a group of academic psychiatrists and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners dedicated to the distribution of evidence-based psychiatry knowledge and clinical skills throughout the medical and psychiatric community.
We provide comprehensive psychiatry training and on demand or scheduled clinical support to licensed nurse practitioners and physician assistants in your medical organization. We also provide training and consultation for physicians in the primary care setting. 
Depending on the experience and prior training of the clinician, our didactic training can range from 20 hours of preparation to over 100 hours. The majority of the clinicians we train come from family nurse practitioner or primary care physician assistant backgrounds, but we also provide advanced training for NP/PAs who already have experience or even psychiatry board certification. If you do not currently have a nurse practitioners or physician assistants on your staff, we can recruit and train a licensed clinician in your community for you to hire. Our course is composed of two sections: pre-clinical training and clinical training.

Psychiatry training

Pre-clinical training

Our comprehensive training program in clinical psychiatry includes the following academic topics:​
  • Neuroanatomy and physiology

  • Psychopharmacology

  • Psychiatric interviewing

  • DSM V diagnosing

  • Treatment planning

  • Antipsychotic medications

  • Mood stabilizing medications

  • Antidepressant medications

  • Anxiolytic medications

  • Sedative/hypnotic medications

  • Cognitive enhancer medications

  • Movement disorder medications

  • Psychosocial and psychotherapeutic treatments

  • Geropsychiatry

  • Correctional Psychiatry

  • Emergency Psychiatry

  • Violence Risk Assessment

  • Suicide Risk Assessment

Clinical training

We provide case-based evaluation and clinical skills training covering the vast majority of clinical scenarios encountered in psychiatry through:


  • Video simulated patient practice with feedback

  • Differential diagnosis formulation

  • Evidence based algorithm treatment plans

  • Clear algorithms for clinical circumstances warranting referral to a psychiatrist

On the job clinical support

The key to the success of the KetchMed psychiatric training program has been our intensive live clinical support. After finishing our core didactic knowledge and video clinical training, the first month a trained nurse practitioner or physician assistant is working as a psychiatric consultant or seeing psychiatric patients, they will not be alone. We include in our training package complete, case by case support via web, text and live communication to help those initial weeks of the transition from book training to busy clinical practice. Typically this support lasts through the first month of clinical psychiatry work. After the first month, almost all of our graduates have been comfortable and fully functional in their new role. We also have options for additional ongoing clinical support, if needed.

Psychiatry consultation

Our intensive clinical support model is also available for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or primary care physicians who have not participated in our training course. 

  • We provide live, on demand clinical support for all of your psychiatric questions. You can text or phone any clinical question or scenario, any time, and receive prompt clinical input from our highly experienced clinicians. No matter your experience level, you never have to feel alone handling psychiatric clinical issues again.

  • We also provide ongoing weekly supervision of clinical cases and psychiatry training.

Clinical services

Our psychiatry training course graduates are prepared for working with the following conditions:


  • Psychotic Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Trauma Related Disorders

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Cognitive Disorders

  • Personality Disorders


Our graduates are capable of providing the following clinical services:


  • Psychiatric Diagnostic Clinical Evaluations

  • Differential Diagnosis Formulation

  • Psychiatric Treatment Planning

  • Medication Administration and Ongoing Management

  • Multidisciplinary Treatment Team Consultation


Our graduates are currently working in the following settings:


  • Psychiatric Consultant to Primary Care

  • Psychiatric Inpatient Units

  • Psychiatric Subacute Units

  • Psychiatric Outpatient Clinics

  • Psychiatric Emergency and Crisis Stabilization Units

  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

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