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Training Experiences

Clinical Training Opportunities

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Program (PTSD-OEF/OIF/OND and MIRT Tracks). The PTSD Program is a special outpatient unit comprised of a multi-disciplinary team including Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing that provides comprehensive outpatient services including assessment and treatment to veterans with military-related PTSD. There are over 1,000 individual patients followed each year. The clinic evaluates 300 new patients each year and is currently following many veterans who served in OEF/OIF. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain specialized training in a wide range of clinical assessment and treatment including training and practice in the delivery of manualized treatments for PTSD (e.g., individual and group Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), prolonged exposure (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  In addition, empirically supported treatments for aggression, i.e., group cognitive-behavior therapy, and substance abuse, e.g., Seeking Safety, are employed.  Use of the Clinician Administered PTSD-Scale (CAPS) and use of objective assessment strategies including the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) are required. Opportunities for tele-psychology are available. The PTSD program currently provides clinical rotations for psychiatric residents, psychology students, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows and social work interns. Some doctoral level staff members are actively involved in clinical research activities and are investigators in the VISN-6 MIRECC focused on post-deployment mental health. Clinical Supervisors: Drs. Clancy and Berlin; Research Supervisor/Consultant:  Dr. Beckham

OEF/OIF/OND Program (PTSD-OEF-OIF-OND and MIRT tracks).  The DVAMC OEF/OIF/OND Program is a multidisciplinary team (Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Speech-Pathology, Neurology, Physiatry) devoted to comprehensive care of veterans returning from ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with physical, cognitive, or mental-health related concerns.  There are currently two psychologists assigned to the team, including a neuropsychologist and a PTSD specialist offering clinical services and consultation to other disciplines.  Psychology faculty focus on delivering empirically supported assessment and treatments for common post-deployment concerns such as PTSD, depression, and other anxiety disorders in individual and group modalities while emphasizing accommodation for medical comorbidities and cognitive sequelae associated with mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Fellows will have the opportunity to obtain specialty training and practice in CPT, PE, and Behavioral Activation treatments designed to promote recovery from psychiatric disorders associated with military service, and contribute to group interventions catering to returning Veterans demonstrating significant difficulties with emotion regulation and distress tolerance (e.g. Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills) or psychiatric and cognitive concerns likely to interfere with performance in academic pursuits (e.g. Essential Skills for College Success group collaboration between psychology and Speech-Pathology)  Fellows will also have the opportunity to contribute to bi-weekly, interdisciplinary case consultations

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