The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program is committed to the scholar-practitioner / evidence – based model in the delivery of clinical care, clinical research, and professional teaching. We emphasize and demonstrate respect for the individual and diversity in the delivery of clinical care, clinical research, and professional teaching. We strive to provide Fellows with significant breadth and depth of experience working with a variety of clinical populations while simultaneously applying an approach utilizing scientific information in the conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of clinical problems. The Psychology Fellow is expected to spend 70% time in clinical service, 20% time in research, and 10% time attending didactics and providing teaching and supervision. Fellows will be encouraged to define their research activity in terms of involvement in projects already underway at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.
We believe that teaching Fellows in clinical service, scholarly thinking, and clinical research design is best received and maintained within a "junior colleague" model of training. Our commitment to the Fellows' professional growth and scholastic development is conveyed in a supportive training atmosphere emphasizing individual strengths. Fellows are challenged to think critically, and encouraged toward full creative participation in all endeavors, scientific and clinical.
A guiding principle in all aspects of service delivery within the program is respect and human dignity for our clients. We emphasize patients' rights, self-determination and the right to choose, including the patient's right to adequate medical, psychological, educational, recreational and other community services, the patient’s right to family participation in treatment, and delivery of care with the utmost privacy in the least restrictive environment. We honor cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender differences in our patients and deliver services accordingly.
Finally, we tailor our training to be consistent with the current climate of clinical practice and research. As we prepare students for practicing psychology in the new millennium, we are aware that Fellows must be trained for delivery of brief, empirically defensible treatments with a broad spectrum of patients. The Fellowship Program's didactics, symposia, and seminars are utilized effectively towards this end to inform and support the current model of clinical practice. Fellowship offers a window to the realities of clinical research and practice and we believe that the training that alerts Fellows to these external economic, social, and political forces is important for a successful career.
With the preceding in mind, The Fellowship Program operates utilizing the following principles:
To achieve these principles, the Fellowship Program assists Fellows in the following ways: