I received my Bachelor of Science at the University of Notre Dame and my medical degree from the University of Michigan. I began my residency in the pediatrics program at the University of Alabama and completed my psychiatry residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There I also graduated from the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program. I have active board certifications in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Dr. Benjamin Troy
BE THE GUIDE HAND: I've been a practicing child psychiatrist for over a decade. In that time, I've been blessed to be a part of many types of treatment teams. Most of those teams try to help patients have less impairments in their functioning caused by mental health issues. This work can be very rewarding. But, like in many health matters, we spend much more time treating symptoms than we do trying to build the skills that may help lessen or prevent them. I also find that we do little to teach our kids about mental skills as a way to grow and improve, instead waiting until they are struggling.
I am also a father and youth coach. In both those roles, I sometimes struggle with modeling the skills I hope to instill. As, I've said to multiple families in my office, "it is much easier to do this from my side of the room here than it is when I'm at my house!" I've always been skeptical of parenting or coaching materials that make it sound easy or formulaic....BECAUSE THIS IS HARD WORK! But the rewards can be fantastic!
When a basketball player shoots they have what is called their "shooting hand" and their "guide hand". The shooting hand is usually their dominant hand and it provides the power, rotation and arc to the shot. The guide hand stabilizes the ball, but when it does too much of the work of the shot, accuracy usually suffers. When done best, youth sports parenting is the good guide hand to their child's development. I hope you find the material and links worthwhile.
I have worked in a wide variety of settings. I currently work as the psychiatric consultant to the University of Notre Dame's University Health Services where I treat undergraduate and graduate students. I also work in collaboration with primary care doctors through the RubiconMD website as one of their specialty experts. Recently, I have started telepsychiatry work for a pediatric clinic in Indiana. I am also one of the medical editors for the website Choosing Therapy. In the past I have cared for children and teenagers in private practice, juvenile corrections and community mental health centers.