Structurally, the Postdoctoral Training Program will consist of 6-month part-time (e.g. 4 hours per day) rotations in the Stress Treatment Program (STP) and the Center for Sexual Trauma Services (CSTS). The remainder of their training will involve a year-long part-time rotation (4 hours per day) in the Women's Clinic. Residents will develop general clinical skills enabling them to work with a number of patient populations as well as special emphasis in gender-specific issues and strategies in the treatment of women veterans with PTSD. Fellows will work in the Women's Clinic throughout the year, focusing on treatment of women with a number of different presenting problems, including medical problems, interpersonal problems, and characterological issues. In addition, fellows will work with veterans with sexual trauma during the CSTS rotation and work with veterans with war-related trauma during the STP rotation. Postdoctoral Residents define goals to acquire additional training in empirically validated treatments including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Seeking Safety and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
In all settings, the post-doctoral resident will participate in interdisciplinary team meetings, serve as a consultant to both mental health and medical staff, develop expertise in PTSD assessment, engage in the full range of clinical interventions with a focus on evidence-based practices, work on performance improvement initiatives, complete program evaluation and/or research activities, and provide education, training and supervision. In addition, residents are required to complete a program development project during their training year.
We describe each rotation in detail below: