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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, onsite experience providing services to Veterans at one of the nine training sites nationwide. Each training site has from four to six full-time fellow positions. Fellows come from a range of disciplines, including nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, vocational rehabilitation, clinical pastoral education, occupational therapy, marriage & family therapy, and licensed professional mental health counseling. Fellows come to the fellowship with a strong interest in working with Veterans recovering from serious mental health disorders.
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 nine 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, Advanced Fellowships.
Nine VA healthcare sites participate in the PSR fellowship program. Click on each link below to read highlights about each program:
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Andrew Peckham, PhD, Psychology Service
Andrew.Peckham@va.gov or (781) 687-4329
Adam Kirschner, LICSW, Social Work Service
Adam.Kirschner1@va.gov or (781) 687-2564
Program Website »
VA Bedford PSR Fellowship Description
2360 East Pershing Blvd. (116A)
Cheyenne VA Healthcare System
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Charles Drebing, PhD
Charles.Drebing@va.gov or (307) 778-7550, Ext. 7450
Kyle Bewsey, PhD
Kyle.Bewsey@va.gov or (307) 778-7550, Ext. 4708
Program Website »
VA Cheyenne PSR Fellowship Manual
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
1700 North Wheeling Street
Aurora, CO 80045
Allison Douglas, LCSW, Mental Health Services
Allison.Douglas@va.gov or (720) 857-5314
Robert W. Johnson, PhD, Mental Health Services
Robert.Johnson31@va.gov or (720) 857-5276
VA Denver PSR Fellowship Brochure
Durham, North Carolina
508 Fulton Street MHSL
116D/Hillandale 2 2
Durham, NC 27705
J. Murray McNiel, PhD
Julie C. McCormick, LCSW, CPRP
Psychology Applicants Contact:
J. Murray McNiel
Jesse.Mcniel@va.gov or (919) 286-0411, Ext. 177777
Social Work Applicants Contact:
Julie.McCormick@va.gov or (919) 286-0411, Ext. 175111
Durham PSR Fellowship Announcement
Occupational Therapy Applicants Contact:
Durham PSR Occupational Therapy Fellowship Program Announcement
Little Rock, Arkansas
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Bldg. 170, 2L-163 (MH Admin)
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Director of Post Doctoral Training:
Erica Moseby, Ph.D.
Erica.Moseby@va.gov or (501) 257-3457
Phiffany Spruill Phiffany.Spruill@va.gov or (501) 257-3793
Program Website »
VA Central Arkansas PSR Fellowship Brochure
Palo Alto, California
3801 Miranda Ave. (MC: 118/PSYCH)
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Katy Gominger, LCSW
Katy.Gominger@va.gov or 650-493-5000, ext. 63787
Claire Hebenstreit, Ph.D.
Claire.Hebenstreit@va.gov or 650-493-5000, ext. 60076
For Psychology applicants: Program Description
For Social Work applicants: Please contact Katy Gominger
Palo Alto Social Work Announcement
West Haven, Connecticut
200 Edison Road
Orange, CT 06477
Anne Klee, Ph.D., CPRP
Anne.Klee@va.govor (203) 640-1727
Interprofessional Program Description »
VA Connecticut PSR Fellowship Information
West Haven Discipline Specific Contacts:
Director, Psychology Training:
Joshua Bullock, Ph.D.
Joshua.Bullock@va.gov or (203) 516-8013
Psychology Program Brochure
Psychiatry Program Description »
Director of Social Work Training:
Director of Occupational Therapy Training:
Mary Sperrazza, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Brochure
Director of Chaplaincy Training:
James Cooke, S.S.T.,BCC
Please see the contact information of the nine clinical training sites above, including links to program descriptions and applications.
All nine fellowship sites are accepting applications beginning in November from psychologists, and social workers. In addition, Cheyenne, Durham, Little Rock, and West Haven are accepting applications from occupational therapists. Denver, Durham, Milwaukee and West Haven are accepting applications from psychiatry residents. Durham, West Haven and San Diego are accepting applications from Master of Divinity candidates, with at least 4 credits in Clinical Pastoral Education. Milwaukee and San Diego are accepting applications from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. Cheyenne is accepting applications from nurses and Cheyenne and Bedford are accepting applications from licensed professional mental health counselors.
The Fellowship year runs from September to the end of the following August. Applications for the 2024 – 2025 Fellowships will be accepted beginning in November 2023. Candidates from each discipline will be selected in the first part of 2024. Psychiatry Residents should contact prospective sites beginning in July 2023 for the 2024 – 2025 Fellowship year.
Application requirements and deadlines vary by discipline and clinical training site. Please contact sites directly for details.