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VISN 20 MIRECC Education Activities

VISN 20 MIRECC Activities:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Northwest Health Network (VISN 20) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) promotes the implementation of effective treatments for military posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its complex comorbidities, including mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), substance use disorders, chronic pain, and dementia by providing educational opportunities to psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, nurses, mental health professionals and others who provide care to Veterans and active-duty US military service members.

➤ Disseminates best practice treatments, current research findings and the latest pertinent knowledge related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mild traumatic brain injury, and their complex comorbidities through both web-based and face-to-face educational offerings.

➤ Collects and implements feedback from participant evaluations to ensure quality programing.

➤ Serves as a national resource for expertise in mental health education.

VISN 20 MIRECC Partnerships

The VA VISN 20 MIRECC applies modern genetic, neurologic, and clinical trial methodology to the discovery and development of new and more effective treatments for major and often treatment resistant mental disorders afflicting Veterans and the active-duty combat personnel who will become Veterans. As part of the NW MIRECC mission to enhance access to mental health expertise, the NW MIRECC collaborates and consults with other MIRECCs and Centers of Excellence, as well as with other VA, DoD, Federal, State departments of Veterans Affairs, community agencies, and experts. For Washington, the academic affiliate and primary research center for VA Puget Sound Health Care System is University of Washington. For Oregon, the academic affiliate and research center for VA Portland Heath Care System is Oregon Health and Science University.

MIRECC Presents Webinar Series

NW MIRECC Presents: a webinar/online learning series for mental health providers promoting effective treatments for Veteran mental health issues including Postraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), addiction, and suicide

Northwest MIRECC applies modern genetic, neurologic and clinical trial methodology to the discovery and development of new and more effective treatments for major and often treatment resistant mental disorders afflicting Veterans and the active-duty combat personnel who will become Veterans. Contributing to this mission is MIRECC Presents, a twice monthly webinar series that is designed to translate current scientific and clinical research into thoughtful and accessible information that can be used to enhance care of Veterans.

In this way, MIRECC Presents empowers mental health providers to integrate cutting-edge treatments and timely research into their daily clinical practices, thereby raising the quality of care for Veterans who experience mental health challenges. The target audience includes, but is not limited to, Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers and other professionals supporting Veteran care.  

Learning Objectives of the MIRECC Presents:

➤ ENHANCE your knowledge and skills in assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of Veterans' mental health

➤ IMPROVE the connection between contemporary research and clinical care of Veterans

➤ FACILITATE biopsychosocial multidisciplinary team management of Veterans' mental health conditions

Because it is provided online, the MIRECC Presents continuing education series is accessible throughout the United States. The knowledge produced by NW MIRECC research efforts is disseminated through EES web-based learning platforms and face-to-face educational offerings, and directly implemented in clinics throughout the Northwest and throughout the country.

Advanced Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment (MIRECC Fellowship) 

The VA VISN 20 MIRECC Advanced Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment (MIRT) is a two-year postdoctoral training program. The primary goal of the NW MIRECC Advanced Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program is to train and equip physicians, psychologists, and other allied health professionals with the knowledge and expertise to lead clinical research efforts that make lasting contributions in the lives of Veterans experiencing mental health challenges. The Advanced Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship has a variety of novel training opportunities:

1. Participation in weekly research-oriented videoconferences with fellows from the national VA Advanced Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment.

2. Collaboration with clinical researchers who share a common interest in polytrauma, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.

3. Presentation of research to various disciplines of health practitioners in academic and community settings and the MIRECC Presents videoconference series.

4. Participation in the design and implementation of CME conferences and distance learning programs for VA and non-VA professional staff, and programs for Veterans and their families, throughout the Pacific Northwest.

5. Optional participation in Oregon Health & Science University’s Human Investigations Program (HIP), which offers an integrated clinical and translational research education curriculum and results in a Certificate in Human Investigations.

6. Training opportunities with the VA Portland’s PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), a multidisciplinary outpatient team that provides evidence-based treatments to Veterans experiencing PTSD related to their military service. Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to provide individual and group psychotherapy, supervise doctoral-level trainees, and actively participate in weekly team meetings and PTSD consultation as junior colleagues.

In collaboration with their mentors, the Advanced Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows will develop and implement research projects, publish and present findings, write grants, and utilize the latest technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery. Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows devote 75% of their time to research and education activities and 25% to clinical training. Over the course of the two-year program, fellows are trained in clinical and health systems research, advanced clinical care service delivery, and program administration in an interdisciplinary setting. The NW MIRECC Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship site is linked electronically to other national MIRECC sites for didactic, academic, and research efforts.

    Explore Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center       

The mission of the Veterans Affairs VISN-20 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) is to generate new knowledge about the causes and treatments of mental disorders, apply new findings to model clinical programs, and widely disseminate new findings through education to improve the quality of veterans’ lives and their daily functioning in their recovering from mental illness. The VA VISN 20 Northwest Health Network consists of four states across three time zones; Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. The primary research center located in VA Puget Sound Health Care System is affiliated with the University of Washington. VA Puget Sound serves Veterans from a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest with two main divisions: American Lake and Seattle. In addition to the main medical centers, VA Puget Sound provides health care services in Washington state at six community-based outpatient clinics in Bellevue, Bremerton, Federal Way, Mount Vernon, Port Angeles, and Seattle. The research center located at VA Portland Heath Care System is affiliated with the Oregon Health and Science University. VA Portland serves Veterans from Oregon and Southwest Washington with two main divisions: Portland and Vancouver. In addition to the main medical centers, VA Portland Health Care System provides health care services in Oregon state at ten outpatient clinics in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, North Coast (Camp Rilea), Newport, Lincoln City, Portland, Salem, The Dalles, and West Linn. Vet Centers in the VISN 20 Health Care Network are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active-duty Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.

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