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recovery-oriented therapies with veterans with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Fellows will be the primary psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner for a group of veterans, at least 5-7, as well as co-facilitate groups with a permanent staff member.  The primary psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner role is less intense than the MHICM case manager role, with visits likely to occur 1 or 2 times per month at the medical center.  This center’s overall goals are to assist veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder in creating opportunities that encourage success in accomplishing their goals, and supporting veterans in their journey of leading a meaningful life.  PRRC has a multidisciplinary team that includes psychologists, psychiatrist, social worker, peer support specialist, nurse, and occupational therapist. Supervisor: Dr. Braxton

Supported Employment Program (SE; PSR Track)- Supported employment is a unique employment service for veterans with severe mental illness who would like to participate in employment opportunities but need ongoing support services to perform their jobs.  Supported employment helps veterans find work within their communities and encourages social interaction.  Supported employment requires assistance such as job coaching, tailored supervision, transportation, unique work schedules, counseling and living in the community.  Fellows work alongside the vocational rehabilitation specialists in the full range of duties they perform.  Fellows gain a broad understanding of the development and operation of this type of program, even if outside of their traditional discipline-specific roles. Supervisor: Dr. Braxton

Inpatient Psychiatry (IP; PSR Track). A wide range of patients with acute psychiatric disorders and exacerbation of chronic disorders are admitted to the inpatient psychiatry unit. Psychological services including assessment and intervention are provided on a consultation basis. Fellows assume a significant role as members of the multidisciplinary treatment team, which provides many opportunities for growth and development of competence and professional identity. Fellows gain experience in a number of treatment modalities and utilize psychological services to assist in the development of individual recovery goals. Fellows participate in interdisciplinary case conferences with patients and their families. Supervisor: Dr. Tiegreen

Substance Use Disorders Clinic (SUD; PSR Track). The Substance Use Disorders clinic provides outpatient services to persons with a primary or secondary diagnosis of psychoactive substance use disorders. Many patients have additional Axis I disorder and/or Axis II disorders providing the opportunity to assess and treat individuals with complex psychological profiles. Supervisor: Dr. McNiel

MIRECC Research Training Opportunties

Mental Health Services Research Training

The MIRT fellowship offers training opportunities in mental health services research with the support of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham VAMC. Fellows will work closely with a faculty mentor from the VISN-6 MIRECC

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