Thursday, December 15, 2011

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple, Tx, USA - 1 Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Veterans with Serious Mental Illness)

Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Veterans with Serious Mental Illness

The CTVHCS is among seven VA Health Care Systems to offer a Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services for veterans with serious mental illness. The Fellowship Program is an important part of the VA's ongoing effort to transform its mental health services for veterans with serious mental illness to psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery oriented approaches. These approaches to care are interdisciplinary, collaborative partnerships with consumers of mental health services to move beyond symptom reduction/management to rehabilitation and psychosocial recovery.

The Fellowship Program is a state-of-the-art, clinical training program that will build on core clinical skills acquired in earlier training by providing in-depth training in theory and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery approaches to service delivery, education and implementing change in mental health care settings. Fellows will work with veterans with serious mental illnesses including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression and receive training in delivering a range of evidenced based practices. During the 2012-2013 training year, the fellowship will be centered in our Waco facility which is a large psychiatric hospital with well developed outpatient mental health services. The primary training settings will be a residential rehabilitation program for veterans with serious mental illness, an outpatient Psychosocial Resource Center, and our Mental Health Intensive Community Management Program. There will be a wide variety of possible secondary training opportunities. Individualized supervision and mentoring will be a key element in the fellow's transition to a fully independent psychologist with the skills and knowledge needed to implement psychosocial rehabilitation approaches. In order to prepare fellows for future mental health leadership roles, fellows will develop an educational dissemination project related to psychosocial rehabilitation. Other training activities will include didactic seminars, journal clubs and case conferences. Research opportunities will be available with the CTVHCS Mental Health Behavioral and Medicine Research Service and the VISN-17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans.

This fellowship is a relatively new fellowship that is not yet APA accredited. Stipend: $41,070 with health insurance benefits, 13 days of paid vacation and up to 13 days of sick leave. Authorized Absence may be approved for offsite seminar and conference attendance.

Start Date: Late August 2012. Application requirements and materials: U. S. Citizenship, completion of APA accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology including completion of APA accredited Internship. 1. Cover letter detailing post-doctoral training and professional goals 2. Detailed Vita describing previous clinical training (including internship rotations) and research experience 3. Three letters of recommendation 4. Copy of official graduate transcripts After selection by the CTVHCS Interprofessional Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship Committee, successful application with Veterans Healthcare Administration is required prior to beginning the fellowship. Please submit all application materials to Acting Psychosocial Rehabilitation Training Director, Linda Montgomery, Ph.D. at Review of applications will begin February 1, 2012 with selection to be made following the APPIC Uniform Notification Date of March 14, 2012. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Montgomery via email. Thanks. As an equal opportunity training program, we welcome and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, disability or other minority status. Linda M. Montgomery, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Central Texas Veterans Health Care System 254-297-5157 (Waco)