Kenneth H. Talan, M.D. is board-certified in adult psychiatry and child psychiatry. After medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed three years of an adult psychiatry training program at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Talan then served three years as a medical officer in the United States Air Force, during which time he ran an inpatient adult psychiatric unit in Wiesbaden, Germany. He then returned to Yale, at the Child Study Center, where he completed a two year fellowship in child psychiatry.
In 1976, following child psychiatry training, Dr. Talan moved with his wife and two daughters to Amherst, Massachusetts where he entered private practice. Half of his professional time was spent serving in the public sector. He worked at three outpatient child psychiatry agencies/clinics and remained at each of those clinics for over 20 years. In all of those settings, he saw children and adolescents along with their families and provided psychological therapy as well as medication treatment. In each venue he ran training seminars for staff.
He was the psychiatric consultant at a residential school in Northampton Massachusetts for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescents and school-aged children. He was at the Cutchins Programs for Children and Families, Inc., for almost 35 years.
Dr. Talan had a long association with the public school systems in his area and served for over 20 years as a psychiatric consultant about troubled children to teachers, psychologists,counselors, and administrative staff. He also had first-hand contact with the children and families of 9/11 victims.
Dr. Talan also had five years of training in psychoanalysis and graduated from the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Talan's private office practice had included a mix of children and adolescents, seen in individual psychotherapy as well as in family therapy, both with and without medication. He worked with adults of all ages when he engaged in adult psychoanalysis.
Somatic Experiencing Therapy
Dr. Talan had 3 years of training in somatic experiencing therapy and has worked as an assistant in training courses for the past 4 years. This form of treatment, developed by Dr. Peter Levine as a treatment for symptoms related to posttraumatic stress disorder, helps to widen a person's focus of attention and bring bodily sensory experience into awareness which serves as a portal for more effectively renegotiating traumatic experiences and building resilience and enriching life experience.
Dr. Talan is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, to which he was elected a Distinguished Fellow. He has served as president of his local Psychiatric Association and has been involved in organizing educational seminars for other professionals that brought nationally recognized adult and child psychiatrists to their area.
In addition to his extensive direct clinical experience, Dr. Talan has also spent much time in front of groups, directly educating both professionals and the lay public about the problems and treatment of children. He was a lecturer in Child Psychopathology (emotional and behavioral disorders) for several years at the Smith College School of Social work in Northampton, Massachusetts, and has given daylong seminars on child psychotherapy to social workers and psychologists in the Midwest. He has presented at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting, most recently on the topic of "The Effect of Having Children on a Child Psychiatrist," and has spoken to school-parent associations, CHADD groups, and teachers on topics related to children and their difficulties. He has made several videos about psychiatric medications for groups of paraprofessionals.
Dr. Talan has been a co-author on articles that appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry and the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association. He was the sole author on an article that appeared in the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child.
Dr. Talan provided psychotherapy and medication services, usually to the same patient. He saw adults and children/adolescents. When he worked with children he usually saw their parents with them or in sequential/separate contact. With adolescents the primary contact was just with the adolescent. His work with adults in psychotherapy was informed by his psychoanalytic training, somatic experiencing training, as well as cognitive therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. He did not regularly work with couples
He still does consultations with other clinicians.
He had accepted Blue Cross Blue Shield indemnity plans, as well as Medicare.