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3. Strategies of scholarly inquiry. Strategies of scholarly inquiry and attitudes of life-long learning, professional responsibility, and responsiveness to changes in the field are modeled and taught. Fellows are expected to demonstrate the ability to evaluate research literature for scientific rigor, meaningfulness and relevance, the ability to apply theoretical and empirical literature to professional practice, and the ability to understand the factors that contribute to effective research, clinical practice, and supervision.

4. Teaching, consultation and supervision. An important aspect of the program is to prepare fellows to become effective leaders, mentors, and supervisors in their chosen specialty area of mental health research and practice. Fellows receive supervised experiential learning and didactic training in consultation, teaching, and supervision. It is expected that fellows will demonstrate advanced-level competence in the ability to effectively communicate with patients, families, and professionals including inter-professional teams, demonstrate effective implementation of theories and methods of teaching and supervision, and demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate to groups of professionals about their research.

5. Organization, management, and administration issues pertinent to research, training and service delivery. Fellows demonstrate advanced-practice skills in the organization, management and administration of their own research, provision of clinical services, and training of junior fellows and other trainees. Fellows must be prepared to organize, manage, and administer their own clinical and/or research program upon completion of the fellowship.

6. Professional conduct, ethics and law, and other standards for research and provision of services. Fellows receive supervision and didactic training in professional conduct and ethics and law pertaining to research and clinical practice. Fellows will demonstrate advanced-level competence in knowledge of IRB roles and responsibilities, understanding of the legal and ethical issues involved in human subject and animal research, and the legal and ethical issues involved in the provision of mental health services.

7. Issues of cultural and individual diversity. Training on issues of cultural and individual diversity that are relevant to all of the above are implemented through required attendance of seminars, modeling, and supervision

Program Structure

Areas of emphasis

There are three areas of emphasis including (1) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - includes tracks in veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq (PTSD-OEF/OIF/OND emphasis) and women veterans (PTSD-Women’s Health emphasis), (2) psychosocial rehabilitation of veterans with serious mental illness (PSR emphasis), and (3) research and clinical training on post-deployment mental health in returning OEF/OIF/OND veterans (MIRT emphasis).

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