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Philosophy and Mission - Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training

The overall goal of the Bay Pines VA Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Clinical Psychology with emphases on PTSD and Women Veterans or substance abuse is to produce independently functioning clinical psychologists. Our postdoctoral program's model for training psychologists entails four broad, core components:

1. We work to identify, respect, and nurture the unique personal attributes that the Fellow brings to his or her work with patients by providing an environment with support and guidance through supervision and collaboration with faculty actively working in the field;

2. We encourage and model a scientist-practitioner approach to professional psychology, wherein empirically-informed knowledge informs psychological assessment and intervention with adults and wherein questions arising from clinical practice drive research endeavors;

3. We provide a range of training settings and experiences that allow Fellows to develop a breadth of expertise in psychological practice, as well as options for developing more specific interests in depth;

4. We provide training in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary care environments in which the Fellow develops confidence as a local mental health expert who collaborates effectively with a range of providers in the context of a large medical care system.