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VISN 5 - VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in PSR and Recovery Oriented Services
The Interprofessional PSR Fellowship Program is a state-of-the-art clinical training program that 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 are required to develop and implement an "Education Dissemination Project" in order to enhance the education of health professionals and the quality of care provided to Veterans at their respective fellowship sites. The projects enhance the psychosocial rehabilitation beyond the training site. The projects focus on a variety of dissemination efforts such as developing continuing education or research conferences for health professionals, curricula for health professions training programs, patient education materials, or clinical demonstration projects. Fellows are also encouraged to take leadership roles by developing didactic projects and disseminating educational materials through a variety of efforts (e.g., planning regional invitational meetings, developing a training website) in order to educate health professionals and advance psychosocial rehabilitation training and collaboration.
Check out Visual Abstracts of two recent Dissemination Projects below!
For a list of Dissemination Projects click here!
The PSR Fellowship Program is a year long, and each PSR fellowship site has from four to six full-time fellow positions. The fellows come from a range of disciplines, including nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, vocational rehabilitation, clinical pastoral education, and occupational therapy. Fellows come to the fellowship with previous experience in working with Veterans with serious mental illness.
The fellowship program utilizes a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to restore a Veteran's full potential following the onset of a serious mental illness. Fellows are involved in a number of clinical training experiences that take place on inpatient psychiatric units, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery centers (PRRCs), and a variety of other VA mental health treatment settings. Interventions that fellows may provide include Veteran and family education, enhancement of residential, social, and work skills, community re-integration, whole health interventions, spiritual counseling, individual and group psychotherapy using cognitive-behavioral therapy and other strategies, motivational interviewing, pharmacotherapy and provision of intensive case coordination.
Each PSR fellowship program tailors its fellowship and discipline-specific seminars. The seminars include, but are not limited to, case presentations, workshops, coursework, conferences, and supervision. The Hub Site coordinates a monthly seminar series that offers a unified, comprehensive education and training for fellows across the six PSR Fellowship sites. All PSR fellows are invited to attend the didactic seminar series as it is an opportunity to learn more about psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. It is also an opportunity to potentially collaborate with other PSR sites on various psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery projects.
Fellows are encouraged to attend one national mental health conference during their fellowship year, and submit proposals for conference presentations and poster sessions on their education dissemination projects. Recent Fellowship classes have attended the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) Conference and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Convention. At the end of their fellowship year, fellows are eligible to apply for PRA certification as Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners.
The VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at Baltimore, Maryland, is the Administrative Hub Site for the VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery. The Hub Site was established in the summer of 2007 to help coordinate education, training and recruitment efforts across the funded PSR fellowship programs and serves as official liaison between sites and the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and the Office of Academic Affiliations.
Six VA healthcare sites participate in the PSR fellowship program. Click on each link below to read highlights about each program:
- Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System at Little Rock, Arkansas
- VA Palo Alto Healthcare System at Palo Alto, California
- VA San Diego Healthcare System at San Diego, California
- VA Connecticut Healthcare System at West Haven, Connecticut
- Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital at Bedford, Massachusetts
- Durham VA Medical Center at Durham, North Carolina
Please see the contact information of the six clinical training sites below, including links to program descriptions and applications.
All six fellowship sites are accepting applications beginning in November from psychologists, social workers, and vocational rehabilitation counselors. In addition, Durham, Little Rock, and West Haven are accepting applications from Occupational Therapists. Durham and West Haven are also accepting applications from Psychiatry Residents and Masters of Divinity with at least 4 credits in Clinical Pastoral Education.
Psychiatry Residents should contact prospective clinical training sites in the July prior to their intended training year. Candidates from the remaining disciplines are selected in the early part of each calendar year to beginning in the fall of the same calendar year.
Application requirements and deadlines vary by discipline and clinical training site. Please contact sites directly for details.