Teaching for success: Progressive teaching methods in child and adolescent psychiatry

Teaching for success: Progressive teaching methods in child and adolescent psychiatry

Mål for prosjektet

We feel that one of the most important outcomes from this project will to be creating a new platform which promote institutional partnership and be a place to set goals and priorities for future research efforts and experience exchange. We anticipate that this meeting will provide a platform for continuous collaborative investigations regarding implementation and effectiveness of PBL in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. We ultimately anticipate that the results of this project would be the promotion of PBL in the child and adolescent psychiatry community and improvement of education programs for future medical doctors.

Beskrivelse av prosjektet

The project is endorsed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research through North America Strategy for Higher Education Cooperation. The North America Strategy for Higher Education Cooperation includes a goal of connecting collaboration in higher education between Norwegian and North American institutions to enterprises in the public and private sectors. In 2014 the Ministry of Education and Research has signaled increased emphasis on this connection. The objective is to promote relevance and joint knowledge development, and increase the strength and competitiveness of both sectors. In an international context, such contact opens up new possibilities for collaboration between partners.

Children and adolescents with good mental health are able to achieve and maintain optimal psychological and social functioning and well-being. Approximately one fourth of youth experience a mental disorder during the past year, and about one third across their lifetimes. Anxiety disorders are the most frequent conditions in children, followed by behavior disorders, mood disorders, and substance use disorders. It is crucial that all professionals working with children and adolescents starting with teachers and ending with child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers have a good understanding of child mental health and child protection. Hence it is very import to use progressive teaching methods while preparing these professionals in order to make sure that child mental health or\and child protections issue are noticed and addressed in a timely manner.

We believe that child and adolescent psychiatry, because of its inherently integrative, bio-psychosocial nature and emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, is a specialty learned optimally through progressive teaching methods and especially PBL (Problem Based Learning).

Ved medisinstudiet i NTNU, Trondheim har problembasert læring (PBL) en sentral rolle. PBL innebærer at studentenes læring er organisert ut fra helseproblemer presentert av for eksempel en pasient, en virksomhet eller et lokalsamfunn. Studentene har i oppgave å sette seg læringsmål for videre lesning og læring som bidrar til deres forståelse og evne til å kunne håndtere de spørsmål som problemet reiser. Det typiske problem er en beskrivelse av en pasient med en sykehistorie, visse symptomer og kliniske tegn.

Project “Teaching for success” address the objectives and priorities of the North America Strategy for Higher Education Cooperation by promoting institutional partnerships between NTNU and USA and stronger correlation between higher education and research collaboration; and by creating a new formal platform for already existing informal strong collaboration in teaching about child and adolescent psychiatry.

Project “Teaching for success” focuses on Problem Based Learning (PBL), a student-centered teaching in which students learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving. In other words it is practice or “reality” orientated teaching and students have to solve clinical situations which closely resemble real clinical cases in the hospital and outpatients.

Prof. Norbert Skokauskas and Prof. Anthony Gurrero have a long standing collaboration in educating medical doctors. The main focus of this collaboration is progressive teaching methods (more specifically Problem Based Learning). Since 2009 Prof. Anthony Gurrero and Prof. Norbert Skokauskas have been leading a Special Interest Study Group in Child and Psychiatry at American Academy on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The group has twice received the best special interest study group award (2009 and 2013) at the AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) annual meetings.

This project will produce immediate and long-term results. Child and adolescent psychiatrists are expected to leave two stage seminar not only with a better understanding of implementing PBL in child and adolescent psychiatry  , but also with concrete ideas on how to improve their teaching programs (PBL or otherwise) , and on future collaborative projects.

Medical students will also benefit from this project as they will be exposed to a new PBL experience facilitated by overseas tutors.


Norbert Skokauskas, professor, RKBU Midt-Norge

Anthony Gurrero, professor, USA





22 feb 2016


Norbert Skokauskas