Application Deadline for Psychology postdoctoral applicants
(PTSD & PSR positions):
*(March 3 application deadline for non-psychology applicants to the Interprofessional PSR fellowship)
The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) offers one-year postgraduate fellowships in Clinical Psychology within two tracks, one emphasizing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD - one position per year) and the other track featuring an emphasis on Psychosocial Rehabilitation/Recovery/Serious Mental Illness (PSR/SMI – up to four fellowship positions a year) as part of an interdisciplinary fellowship.
Our PSR interdisciplinary fellowship is also open to applicants within the fields of social work, rehabilitation counseling, psychiatry, nursing, and occupational therapy; specific disciplinary makeup varies from year to year. Individuals interested in applying for a fellowship within the PSR interdisciplinary track in disciplines other than psychology are encouraged to review detailed information about this track on the PSR track page and to contact the PSR assistant training director or training director if further questions arise.
Our training Fellowship has two overarching training goals:
- Primary goal #1 of the clinical fellowship training program is the development and refinement of a broad range of professional skills necessary to function effectively as psychologists and healthcare professionals within an interdisciplinary context, the broader system of health-care, and the community.
- Primary goal #2 of the program is training of psychologists and healthcare professionals in the delivery of quality, recovery-oriented health care within both general and specific emphasis areas, with a particular appreciation of the special needs of the VA population and the nature of service in the public sector.
Clinical fellowship appointments are for a 12-month period (typically beginning in September), and the fellow is expected to complete 2080 hours, which meets or exceeds requirement for licensure in most states. The fellowship year is comprised of an initial orientation period, with the remainder of the year encompassing advanced training and service delivery activities consistent with more emphasis requirements, as well as elective options for adjunct training experience based on the individual fellow's interests or need for experience. Fellows are on duty five days a week, with a workday typically defined as 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Training Site: The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is a large and comprehensive VA medical complex within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Located in beautiful central Arkansas, one of the country’s best-kept secrets for a high quality of living, CAVHS has a strong history of training excellence. The medical center is located in a metropolitan area of approximately 580,000 people and draws from a primary service area of 275,000 veterans. CAVHS providers also serve active duty and National Guard personnel, as well as family members. The two- division, consolidated, tertiary care medical center provides medical, surgical, psychiatric, rehabilitation, and nursing home services, and offers a wide variety of outpatient specialty and primary care programs. The primary site for the PSR fellowship is the North Little Rock division (Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center), where much of our mental health, primary care and rehabilitation services are located. The psychology internship program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1979, and CAVHS also provides internship training for students completing their masters degree in social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The CAVHS Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202 336-5979).
Benefits & stipend: Benefits include health Insurance, 13 days paid vacation, up to 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid federal holidays and additional authorized leave of absence (up to 40 hours if approved) for selected conferences. A stipend is provided for all fellows, with specific amounts varying by year (and by discipline, for those within the Interprofessional PSR track). The VA annual stipend is set nationally by the Office of Academic Affiliations with pay distributed every two weeks.
Application to fellowship: To apply, please review qualifications and application procedures on this page and proceed as directed.
APPIC Member Number 9907
For more information about the CAVHS post-doctoral
and interdisciplinary PSR fellowship contact:
Director of Postdoctoral Training – Dr. Kevin Reeder at Kevin.Reeder@va.gov or 501-257-3480; Fax: 501-257-3110
Assistant Director of Training, PSR track – Dr.Courtney Crutchfield at Courtney.Crutchfield@va.gov or 501-257-3471
Assistant Director of Training, PTSD track – Dr. Wm. Mark Moore at Mark.Moore@va.gov or 501-257-3116
PSYCHOLOGY POSTDOCTORAL & INTERPROFESSIONAL PSR CONTACTS
Assistant Director of PSR track
Assistant Director of PTSD track
Kevin Reeder, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology Postdoctoral & Interprofessional
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Building 170, 2N-101
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: (501) 257-3480 (Training Director)
Phone: (501) 257-3092 (Administrative Support)
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As a member of the Association of Psychology Predoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Psychology Fellowship program adheres to APPIC policies regarding recruitment, offers and acceptances of positions for training.
In the absence of a Uniform Notification Date procedure this year, our program will review applications received by the deadline of January 6, 2014 and quickly contact applicants concerning the status of their application. Those invited to interview for the position will be given additional information at that time concerning the interview process. Interview dates will be announced soon but will be conducted in January and February of 2014.
The Psychology Fellowship Program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association. Application for accreditation has been completed and a site visit was completed in May, 2013. We expect a decision after the next meeting of APA's Commision on Accreditation, scheduled for October, 2013.
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation **
The Psychology Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship training
programs at CAVHS are committed to providing a supportive learning environment inwhich we actively seek and value diversity among our trainees and staff. We consider diversity as including various cultures, values, and experiences oftrainees and faculty, as well as different theoretical models, research paradigms, and ways of professional practice. Our training programs strive to maintain a collegial and supportive environment where trainees and staff enjoy working together and are valued for their individual contributions to the group. Biopsychosocial and recovery-oriented approaches that incorporate elements of diversity and multiculturalism are especially valued in our training programs. We highly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
This Program meets criteria of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). CAVHS and its training programs are committed to providing access for all people with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations. We ask only that any who may require accommodations to provide us a reasonable amount of advance notice.
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS ALSO AVAILABLE:
Also available at CAVHS are two-year multidisciplinary research-focused fellowships via our Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) and Health Services Research and Development Service (HSRD/CeMHOR) programs. Two research fellows a year are recruited, and in addition to excellent research training focusing on health services research, clinically qualified fellows also are able to spend 25% of their fellowship time in clinical training experiences. For more information about the two-year multidisciplinary research-focused fellowships, contact
Dr. Dinesh Mittal (HSRD/CeMHOR) or Dr. Pat Dubbert (MIRECC) or
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