February 26, 2015

Geropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship with additional emphasis in Addiction

Geropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship with additional emphasis in Addiction

The Dallas VA Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is reposting advertisement for one of our fellowships in Geropsychology. The fellowship also emphasizes experience in Substance Abuse, thus graduates of this program would be uniquely suited for positions in either Geropsychology or SUDs specialty areas.    

The fellowship operates within a practitioner-scholar model. Training occurs within the context of the delivery of psychological services.  Evidence based therapeutic approaches are emphasized throughout the training year. Fellowship training is consistent with the Pikes Peak model of training.

The geropsychology fellow divides time between the Mental Health Outpatient Geropsychiatry teamthe Community Living Center, and the Mental Health Inpatient/Outpatient Addiction teamaccording to the training needs and interests of the fellow. Training in clinical supervision is also provided during the fellowship year. Fellows will provide layered supervision (guided by their supervisor) for psychology interns and practicum students. 

The Mental Health Outpatient Geropsychiatry Team specializes in the mental health care of older adult patients. Patients age 65 and older are assigned to this team for their care regardless of their psychiatric diagnosis. In this manner, the team is very much a general practice team with specialization in terms of the age cohort which it treats.  Fellows work within the context of an interdisciplinary team at all stages of patient evaluation and treatment. They acquire knowledge of and skills in areas including cognitive screening, neuropsychological assessment, and interventions for the common mental health problems associated with aging. The vast majority of work will be with outpatients.  However, the fellow may be called upon periodically to see inpatients for comprehensive assessment and/or psychotherapy. Fellows will have the opportunity to provide EBTs with selected patients and/or their caregivers. Fellows also have opportunities for involvement in family consultation and education, individual and/or group psychotherapy, and psychoeducational groups based on a recovery and strength-based model of treatment.  

The Community Living Center (CLC) is a 120-bed extended care facility which provides rehabilitation in an interdisciplinary setting for veterans who are recovering from stroke, those who need long-term care due to chronic illness (e.g., cardiac disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), those who need respite care due to loss of caretaker, those who need hospice care due to terminal illness (e.g., cancer), those who suffer from various kinds of dementia, and those who have experienced amputation or traumatic brain injury. Fellows participate in all the activities of the interdisciplinary treatment team and will function with responsibility for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of veterans. Opportunities for experience with groups include participation in support groups for caregivers and development of groups in the CLC. Additional experience with veterans suffering from heart disease is provided through evaluation of veterans in the congestive heart failure clinic. 

The Mental Health Inpatient/Outpatient Addiction Team is a multidisciplinary team that specializes in providing mental health care to veterans whose primary diagnoses involve Substance Use Disorders. The team is comprised of a residential rehabilitation program, an intensive outpatient program, and aftercare services. Fellows will have the opportunity to see veterans on this team at multiple levels of care. Most chemically dependent veterans also have co-occurring psychiatric disorders, such as affective disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. Within the residential rehabilitation program, fellows may provide psycho-educational groups which concern both substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. Additionally, fellows would follow a veteran through the rehabilitation process including assessment, individual therapy, and treatment coordination services. Within the outpatient population, fellows would have the opportunity to provide psychological assessment, individual therapy, and group therapy. Fellows would primarily see veterans over age 65 within this team.

More information on fellowship program is available in our online brochure:   http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/dallas/

To be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow, you must be a US citizen who has completed an APA-accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, as well as an APA-accredited predoctoral internship. The annual stipend is $44,648. Sick leave and annual leave will be provided. The fellow is also eligible for health insurance benefits at the same rates offered to other full-time federal employees.   
To apply to our program, submit a copy of your vita, a cover letter describing your major interests and career objectives, a graduate transcript, two work samples, and three letters of recommendation. This material should be emailed to jamylahk.jackson@va.gov .   Please do not submit through APPA CAS.  

We will review applications for this position on a rolling basis beginning immediately and continuing until the position is filled. 

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