The mission of the Durham VA Medical Center Psychology Fellowship in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder including the OEF/OIF/OND emphasis (2 positions) and the WVCHC emphasis (1 position) is to develop psychologists into outstanding clinical-scientists and leaders in mental health care, research and education. The PTSD-OEF/OIF/OND and the PTSD-WVCHC tracks emphasize clinical training and education (75%) with a research training component (25%). Specifically, the Fellowship provides specialized clinical, education, and research training in evidenced-based practices in the assessment and treatment of PTSD. The PTSD-OEF/OIF/OND training emphasizes the needs and challenges of returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq while the PTSD-WVCHC experience emphasizes the needs of the growing population of women veterans. The primary goal of the program is to train fellows for advanced-level practice and leadership roles in professional psychology through comprehensive, interdisciplinary, specialist clinical and research training. It is expected that fellows will become licensed and prepared to assume roles as mental health leaders in the VA healthcare system.
The Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial and Recovery Oriented Services (PSR Track) focuses on the theory and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. Individualized, mentored clinical and research training is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to service delivery, education, and implementing change in a mental health care setting. Fellows will work with veterans with serious mental illnesses and receive training in delivering a range of evidence-based practices. The purpose of the Interprofessional Fellowship Program is to develop future mental health leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to transform mental health care systems in the 21st century by emphasizing functional capability, rehabilitation, and recovery. The fellowship is composed of clinical rotations, didactic and experiential learning, and research and program evaluation opportunities.
The VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research and Treatment (MIRT) fellowship provides two years of specialized education, clinical, and research training in the context of our Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center’s (MIRECC) focus on post-deployment mental health including assessment and treatment of PTSD and associated behavioral problems. Fellows spend 75% of their time on research and related educational activities.