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Postdoctoral Psychology Residency Program | Weitzman Institute

Postdoctoral Psychology Residency Program

Postdoctoral Psychology Residency Program

The Postdoctoral Psychology Residency program provides comprehensive training in the provision of psychological care to uninsured and underserved populations under the CHC patient-centered medical home model, with a focus on positive client outcomes and building healthy communities.

We believe this is the future of psychology and are looking forward to training the next generation of behavioral health providers in our model.

The postdoctoral resident will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Work closely with medical and dental providers as part of CHC’s model of integrated care.
  • Develop clinical and assessment skills with clients of all ages in a variety of settings, including in primary care settings, licensed outpatient mental health clinics, schools, homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters.
  • Gain or build upon experience using electronic health records and other state-of-the-art technologies to manage and deliver care.
  • Complete psychological assessments to assist primary care providers and members of the behavioral health team in clarifying diagnosis and developing care plans.
  • Participate in a range of training seminars and supervision covering individual, family and group treatment and behavioral health within primary care.
  • Be involved in performance improvement, quality improvement and research opportunities.
  • Receive the same clinical and administrative support as other behavioral health clinicians.

Where training and services are provided:

Integrated behavioral health services are provided in 14 licensed clinics, more than 200 school based health centers, and 8 programs in domestic violence and homeless shelters across Connecticut.

The CHC headquarters is located in Middletown, CT with primary training locations in the Clinton, Danbury, Middletown, Meriden, New Britain, New London, Norwalk, Stamford, and Waterbury sites, with some service delivery possible at other sites.

Through teleconferencing, CHC is able to provide face-to-face supervision to our residents and full-time access to the training director and supervisors.

The Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Residency program includes the following opportunities:

  • Integrated co-located behavioral healthcare in a primary care setting
  • Individual/family psychotherapy
  • Group treatment
  • Psychodiagnostic assessments
  • Intake assessments
  • Clinical team meetings
  • Training may be available in the following specialized settings:
  • Primary care behavioral health (integrated care co-located with medical providers)
  • Clinic based outpatient behavioral healthcare
  • School-based behavioral healthcare
  • Shelter-based behavioral healthcare in homeless and domestic violence shelters
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
  • All residents will be expected to focus on outpatient clinical treatment in the primary care and behavioral health clinic settings with all age ranges. Some sites offer the opportunities for shelter-based and school-based work.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF TRAINING

The goal of the Postdoctoral Psychology Residency program is to train the next generation of psychologists in the Patient Centered Medical Home model. Through weekly seminars, group and individual supervision and clinical work with diverse, underserved populations, residents will fine-tune assessment and therapy skills.

Objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Increase knowledge in use of diagnostic assessment tools
  • Learn Clinical Microsystems and the Dartmouth Approach to Performance Improvement
  • Learn to provide elegant, effective and efficient behavioral healthcare to clients across the lifespan
  • Develop skills in working collaboratively with medical staff, dental staff, psychiatrists, schools, and other clinicians
  • Learn the benefits and challenges of working within the Patient Centered Medical Home model
  • Obtain training in the use of eClinicalWorks to maintain patient records
  • Attend regular seminars hosted by interdisciplinary providers specializing in topics such as suicide assessment, ethics, evidence based interventions, and other areas involving the integration of primary care and behavioral health
  • Use experience and knowledge gained in graduate training to develop and implement positive changes to the practice, in collaboration with CHC staff
  • Upon completion of the program, residents will have the necessary supervised clinical experience to qualify to sit for the EPPP and CT state exam for psychology licensure

The psychology resident will be expected to gain the following competencies during his or her training year:

  • The Patient Centered Medical Home model including interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Clinical assessment including psychodiagnostic interview technique and the utilizations of psychological assessment tools in a primary care setting
  • Providing outpatient behavioral healthcare to underserved populations
  • Evidence-based therapies (such as TF-CBT)
  • Use of electronic medical record and other healthcare systems technologies
  • “Wherever You Are” clinical care including ability to work in non-traditional treatment environments such as domestic violence shelters
  • Developing and implementing effective group curricula
  • Clinical Microsystems and Dartmouth Approach to Quality and Performance Improvement
  • On-call, after hours duties

Supervision and didactic training includes:

  • Weekly individual supervision as required by Connecticut licensing law
  • One-hour group supervision for all postdoctoral residents
  • Program-specific clinical team meetings
  • Weekly didactic training seminar
  • Training in the use of an integrated electronic health record
  • Training in Performance Improvement Processes
  • CHC is a multi-site agency with locations across Connecticut. Residents are given a “home office” location at a fixed clinic site and may see patients in schools, shelters, and other non-traditional treatment settings.

The resident’s supervisor works at the fixed-site location. Residents meet weekly in-person for group supervision, seminars and on an as-needed basis for other training opportunities, such as orientation and Grand Rounds. Some sites require additional travel time. CHC has an excellent video conferencing system that allows staff from all of our sites to meet as needed. When residents are not meeting in person, they are able to meet face-to-face via video.

Throughout the year, MyEvaluations.com will be utilized to maintain an ongoing evaluation of residents’ experiences and growth, as well as evaluation of the program and individual seminars. We have institutional policies in place for due process in the event of a grievance.

THE TRAINING AND SUPERVISORY STAFF

Supervision is provided by psychologists licensed by the state of Connecticut.

These psychologists work at our sites across Connecticut. Each resident will have a primary supervisor affiliated with the site where he or she is located. Secondary supervisors may work at other locations. Residents may be asked to drive to other sites for meetings with their secondary supervisors or for didactic training. Didactic training is provided by the multidisciplinary team at CHC, including but not limited to psychologists, social workers, medical doctors, and advanced practice registered nurses.

The leadership team for the residency program consists of Tim Kearney, Ph.D., M. Victoria Ramos, Psy.D., Adriana McCormick, PsyD, Erica Preston, PsyD, Kerry Bamrick, MBA

Tim Kearney, Ph.D. serves as the Chief Psychologist for the residency program in addition to his role as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for CHC. Dr. Kearney completed his undergraduate work at Yale University and graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his MA (Theology) from the Graduate School of Theology and his Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) from the Graduate School of Psychology. He has also completed the postgraduate Primary Care Behavioral Health training program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. While he has much experience working with the entire age range, Dr. Kearney specializes in work with children and adolescents, especially young children. He has received additional training and certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. Kearney is the author of “Caring for Sexually Abused Children: A Handbook for Families and Churches.”

M. Victoria Ramos, Psy.D. serves as the psychological assessment coordinator at CHC. She finished her graduate training at the University of Hartford and completed her post-doctoral work with the Wheeler Clinic’s Diagnostic Assessment and Referral Team (DART) in Plainville, CT. Dr. Ramos prefers working primarily with adults and adolescents and has a special interest, as well as a strong background, in psychological assessment. She also teaches graduate courses at Union Institute and University. Additionally, Dr. Ramos is bi-cultural and bilingual and provides therapy services in Spanish to our large Hispanic population.

Erica Preston, Psy.D. is a senior behavioral health clinician at CHC. Dr. Preston completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University and earned her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford. Dr. Preston completed her post-doctoral residency at CHC as part of the first class of post-doctoral residents and went on to become a permanent staff psychologist at CHC. Dr. Preston works with adolescents and adults and specializes in psychotherapy with the LGBT population, specifically people who are gender variant. She also has a research background in the process of conducting psychotherapy with transgender people who are in the process of transitioning.

Kerry Bamrick, MBA serves as the program coordinator for CHC’s postdoctoral residency training program and nurse practitioner residency training program. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of both training programs. In addition to this role, Kerry serves as the Senior Program Manager for the Weitzman Center for Innovation in Community Health and Primary Care. Kerry is also the IRB administrator for CHC. Kerry has an undergraduate degree from Merrimack College and Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western New England College.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What makes the CHC program unique?

The Community Health Center, Inc. has been given the highest recognition by NCQA as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. PCMHs are the future of healthcare. In addition, our Behavioral Health program operates as a part of the primary care service delivery system at CHC, giving residents the opportunity to be trained to provide care in this model.

CHC is a multi-site agency. Where is the training program located?

Community Health Center, Inc. delivers service in over 200 locations across Connecticut. Behavioral health services are provided in 12 licensed clinics, more than 40 school based health centers, and 8 programs in domestic violence and homeless shelters in central Connecticut. The headquarters is located at 675 Main Street in Middletown. Primary training locations include Clinton, Middletown, Meriden, New Britain, New London, Norwalk and Stamford, with some service delivery possible at other sites.

When does the training program begin?

The postdoctoral residency is a full-year program that begins in September 1, 2016 and continues through August 31, 2017.

Is the postdoctoral program full-time?

The postdoctoral resident is required to work 40 hours per week. Residents receive paid time off and holidays.

Is there a stipend?

A stipend of $45,000 is offered for the year. Residents are hired as one-year contracted employees of CHC with insurance benefits and paid time off.

Do participants receive benefits?

The residency is a 12 month, full-time salaried position. Residents enjoy the full and competitive benefit package of CHC employees, including the following:

  • Top-notch group medical, dental and health insurance
  • Company-paid short-term disability, long-term disability and life insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan with substantial discretionary employer match and contribution
  • Paid time off program
  • Stipend to attend a national conference during residency
  • License reimbursement benefit
  • Wellness programs
  • Supplemental vision, disability, accident and life insurance

Are there any particular days or hours required?

Residents are expected to be at CHC five days per week, at least one evening per week until 7 p.m. and a minimum of one Saturday per month to meet the needs of our working clients. The seminar schedule will also dictate the resident’s schedules. Some after-hour on-call responsibilities are required.

Is there some flexibility in the kinds of activities/opportunities that the postdoctoral resident will have?

All residents will be expected to focus on outpatient clinical treatment in the primary care and behavioral health clinic setting. Specialized settings, including shelter-based and school-based work, are available at most sites and may be required.

Is there a language requirement?

While Spanish language proficiency is preferred for all sites, it is essential for some. Residents will be expected to use the phone-based translation service to provide care to clients whose preferred language is not English. All treatment rooms are equipped with speaker phones.

Does CHC utilize an electronic health record system?

Yes. Residents will be trained in the use of eClinical Works, CHC’s integrated electronic health record, which allows access to clients’ medical, behavioral health and dental records.

Will I be eligible for state licensure after completing the residency program?

Upon completion of the program, residents will have the necessary supervised clinical experience to qualify to sit for the EPPP and CT state exam for psychology licensure.

Is this residency program eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs?

No. Psychologists must be licensed to qualify for the National Health Service Corps loan forgiveness programs. CHC is qualified as a site for this program for licensed psychologists.

APPLYING TO CHC’S RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Applicants must have completed an APA/CPA accredited doctoral program. We do not require that applicants completed an APA/CPA accredited doctoral internship, although the internship experience should meet APPIC standards.

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed before starting the postdoctoral training program and these requirements will be verified by CHC staff.

Applicants should also send an email with their CV and two de-identified psychological evaluations attached to PostDoc@chc1.com. within 24 hours of submitting their application. Applications should arrange to have 3 letters of references sent to this email address. Each letter should come from the email address of the person making the recommendation.

As a Psychology Resident, the successful applicant will be hired as a full time contracted employee of Community Health Center, Inc for the postdoctoral year. In addition to the above information, we will require our standard employment application be completed and a contract signed. Residents will be introduced to some of the benefits offered to full time employees by our Human Resources department, including paid time off, medical insurance, and due process/grievance procedures.

The 2016-2017 application cycle has ended. CHC’s Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency Training program will be following the APPIC guidelines with the universal “match date” for notifications. 

CONTACT US

Please e-mail PostDoc@chc1.com with any questions or call at 860-347-6971, Extension 3780.