Post Graduate Fellowship at the VA San Diego Health Care System

Post Graduate Fellowship at the VA San Diego Health Care System

VASDHS Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) and Recovery Oriented Services

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is seeking applicants for a one-year post-graduate (post-Masters or higher) fellowship in psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) and recovery oriented services for veterans with serious mental illness (primarily psychotic disorders). The fellowship is designed to provide advanced evidence-based PSR training in to mental health professionals from various disciplines (social work, vocational rehabilitation, occupational therapy, nursing, psychiatry, psychology). There are ample opportunities for both clinical and research experiences. The fellowship is 40 hours per week for one full year and starts September 1. Fellows receive a stipend ($45,950 for post-doctoral psychology; $32,289 for post-masters; approx. $56,382 – 65,000 (varies) for nursing and psychiatry) plus health insurance benefits with co-pay.

The PSR Fellowship Program and VASDHS, in close affiliation with the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, has a long history of integrated clinical, teaching and research programs for schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, severe depression and co-morbid addictions. Embedded in these integrated programs is an interdisciplinary PSR approach based on a Recovery Model. Our programs empower Veterans to develop personalized goals and choose from a menu of treatment program opportunities, including inpatient and outpatient services, medication management, vocational skills development and supportive employment (SE), occupational therapy, psychoeducation, social skills training (SST), cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp), Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), substance use/dual-diagnosis treatment, neuropsychological evaluation, and access to vital community resources that support personal goal attainment through case management. Our goal is to improve community functioning and quality of life in veterans with SMI. Development, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based psychosocial rehabilitation practice through research and program evaluation are high priorities. Active partnership with consumers and community linkages is an important element of this work.

Training includes: 1] supervised clinical experiences providing Veterans with integrated recovery-oriented services on interprofessional treatment teams, primarily at our CARF-accredited outpatient psychosocial rehabilitation program (the Center Of Recovery Education (CORE)), as well as acute care (inpatient) and community-based programs at VASDHS (~60-65% of time); 2] didactics (~10-15% of time); and 3] research/dissemination activities (~20% of time). Additionally, the program allows an opportunity for mentored supervision of psychology interns, practicum students, and peer support specialists, and formal presentations and lectures to academic, medical, and community audiences. There are also opportunities to participate in federally funded research projects.

Qualifications: The following are required: 1] U.S. citizenship; 2] Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26; 3] (For psychology applicants) Completion of an APA-accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA-accredited professional psychology internship by September 1, 2015. Desirable qualifications include experience using evidence-based interventions with consumers with psychotic disorders, and career goals involving clinical, research, leadership and dissemination activities involving evidence-based practices in university-affiliated or VA or other medical center settings. Recruitment of men and women from diverse social and economic backgrounds and diverse cultural and demographic groups is a high priority.

Application: Please submit: 1] The attached cover sheet; 2] Letter of interest (2 pages max) in PSR for psychosis (interest in working with consumers with psychotic disorders is required) which includes a brief summary of educational, clinical and research experiences relevant to PSR, a summary of your training needs and goals for the residency, and a statement of your career goals; 3] CV or resume; and 4] Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a recent clinical supervisor). Psychology applicants who are applying to other emphasis areas in addition to the PSR Fellowship must submit a separate letter of interest for each emphasis area ( see sandiego/index.asp for details). Materials should be submitted by email to VASDHS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The application deadline for psychology applicants is December 15, 2014 and the deadline for other disciplines is March 1, 2015. Late applications will be considered only for positions that are not filled by applicants who applied by these deadlines. Psychology applicants should be available for interview on Monday, February 2, 2015. Other interview dates and phone interviews are possible.


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