Milwaukee VA Medical Center (WI): Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Primary Care Mental Health Integration

Milwaukee VA Medical Center (WI): Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Primary Care Mental Health Integration

Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Psychology Post-Doctoral  Fellowship – Primary Care Mental Health Integration

The Psychology Training Program at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship position with an emphasis on Primary Care Mental Health Integration. 

This fellowship position is part of an interprofessional training program based in the Gold Clinic, one of four primary care clinics at the Medical Center.  The clinic provides comprehensive interdisciplinary health care, including health screening, education and counseling, and treatment of a broad range of medical conditions. 

The psychology postdoctoral fellow will function as part of an interprofessional training team that includes a mental health pharmacy resident, a social work student, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner student.  The goal of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team is to assist primary care providers in managing common mental and behavioral health concerns of their patients.  The fellow will conduct rapid psychodiagnostic and functional assessments, provide brief evidence-based psychotherapy, facilitate referrals to specialty care, and collaborate with other members of the primary care team regarding patients’ mental and behavioral health issues.  The fellow takes a leadership role on the interprofessional training team, distributing consults and assisting the staff psychologist with management of the patient panel.  There are opportunities for the fellow to facilitate psychoeducation, symptom management, and problem-solving groups.  Members of the interprofessional training team participate in didactic education, team staffings, and training in interdisciplinary teamwork.  Fellows will have the opportunity to broaden their clinical skills for application in a fast-paced, collaborative healthcare setting.  

The position is full-time and carries an annual stipend of $43,697.   The starting date will be August 25, 2014. The fellowship program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.  

The fellowship operates within a scholar-practitioner model.  While the training primarily occurs within the context of the delivery of psychological services, training needs always take priority over service needs.   The fellowship is organized around a core of clinical experiences, but allows some flexibility in pursuing individual goals.  While there may be opportunities to conduct research during the fellowship year, the major emphasis is on clinical practice.   A description of the fellowship program is available at  http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/milwaukee/ 

A candidate for a fellowship must be a U.S. citizen who, by the beginning of the fellowship year, will have completed an APA-approved doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship program.  This VA Center in its commitment to Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action encourages applications by minorities, women and handicapped persons. 

We are reviewing new applications as they are received and will continue accepting applications until the position has been filled.   

To apply for this position, the following application material is required.  It is preferred that the application material  be submitted via email.

 

1.  A vita which describes the nature and extent of your previous clinical, academic, and research  experience.

2.   A  cover letter describing your major interests and career objectives, including any particular areas you would wish to emphasize during the fellowship year. 

3.  At least three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your clinical work. 

4.  A letter of support from your internship Training Director indicating that you are in good standing to complete your internship and indicating the expected completion date.   If you have already completed the internship you can send a copy of your internship certificate.

5.  A graduate transcript.

6.  If your transcript does not show the granting of the doctorate,  a letter from the graduate program will be required indicating your current status in the program and the timeline for completing the remaining program requirements.  This letter should attest  that all degree requirements are expected to be completed prior to the fellowship start date.

Application material should be sent to:

James D. Hart, Ph.D.

Director, Psychology  Training Program

VA Medical Center, Milwaukee

414-384-2000, Ext. 41672

Jim.hart@va.gov