|Anxiety Disorders Fellowship|
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
This training component of the experience should contribute to the fellow's meeting the requirements for psychology licensure.
Since our emphasis is on the development of clinical scientists and the post-doctoral year is generally the last formal experience a psychology trainee completes, every effort will be made to foster the development of skills or experiences the fellow will need to effectively pursue his/her chosen career path. The further goals of the post-doctoral training, then, will be to facilitate the fellow's career development by making opportunities available in such areas as supervision of other trainees (e.g., psychology externs and/or interns or trainees from other disciplines), consultation and treatment of medically ill patients, teaching, and research. With the agreement of other faculty, it is possible that specific rotations (e.g., pediatric OCD, translational research) could be made available.
Description of the Training Program:
As soon as is appropriate, the fellow will begin seeing patients and receiving clinical supervision. In most cases, training will involve first observing evaluations completed by more experienced staff. This will provide an opportunity for the fellow to become familiar both with the procedures required by the Department as well as the clinic. Every effort will be made to provide the fellow with patients reflecting the gamut of anxiety disorders.
At the present time, the fellow will be expected to participate in outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment protocols. If the fellow is not already familiar with what are now the accepted CBT outpatient treatments for specific anxiety disorders, training will be focused on how to apply these principles and modify them based on the individual patient's needs and progress in treatment.
Depending upon their level of experience with intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and behavioral interventions, the fellow will first be trained in how to administer behavioral treatment for patients (typically individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Once proficiency in this area is demonstrated, the fellow will begin to more actively participate in treatment planning and overall management of patients participating in the IOP.
Given that the Department is part of a larger university medical center, consultation to medical and surgical services within the hospital are often requested. For those fellows who are interested in the application of CBT to medically ill and anxious individuals, there will be an opportunity to develop skills in this area, as well.
Research: While it is not always required that fellows be involved in research, their interest and involvement in research is strongly encouraged and it is essential that fellows have an understanding and appreciation of empirical research. The fellow may develop his or her own line of research or become involved in existing faculty projects. Depending on grant funding, a portion of the fellow's time may be allocated to a particular research project thus making the research requirement a mandatory part of the fellow's training. The Department has a statistical and research design staff who can be made available to the fellow for consultation. In addition, the Department and University have an advanced computer network and these facilities are available for the fellow's use. The computer labs have a variety of statistical software available including, but not limited to SPSS and SAS.
The Department of Psychiatry has a strong commitment to neuroscience, services, and translational research, and research on women and gender. Investigators have been the recipients of multiple grant awards in these, as well as many other areas. If these are interest areas, there are monthly research meetings which the fellow may be invited to attend. In addition to clinical research, the Psychiatric Institute (PI) is the Department 's laboratory research facility. PI houses the laboratories of several leaders in the field of basic science and psychopharmacology research. Recent additions to Psychiatry's research faculty include those with expertise in fMRI and psychophysiological studies. The Department also houses the Center for Health Statistics.
Supervision: Clearly, supervision is a critical element of the training process. A minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision per week will be provided by the fellow's primary faculty supervisors. In addition, there will be case discussions/group supervision during the course of clinic meetings as well as the opportunity for informal supervision and consultation on an as needed basis. If the fellow has interests outside the areas of expertise of his/her primary supervisor, every effort will be made to secure supervision from faculty with that area of expertise on a consultative basis. There may also be didactic experiences offered by other programs that the fellow may wish to take advantage of, time permitting. Additional time will be scheduled for supervision of research projects. Every effort will be made to meet the requirements for psychology licensure. If fellows do not plan to remain in Illinois , they are encouraged to obtain the licensing laws from the applicable state in order to insure compliance. Please note that it is incumbent on the fellow to be familiar with licensing requirements.
Educational opportunities: The Department of Psychiatry has a commitment to continuing education. Grand Rounds, with speakers of national reputation, are offered on a weekly basis. Clinical case presentations and other educational programs of interest are also offered as part of the Grand Rounds programming. Programs within the Department also offer didactics that the fellow is welcome to attend. In addition to regularly scheduled educational or informational programs, the Department often sponsors meetings or conferences that the fellow may choose to attend. There is also a wealth of educational programs offered in the metropolitan Chicago area. Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities with the understanding that it will not interfere with their training.
The fellowship year begins on or about July 1 st . The duration of the fellowship is one year. Renewal for a second year is possible, although the fellow will be expected to make a formal application for the second year.
In addition to the $28,000 salary, the fellow is eligible for all UIC benefits including healthcare, dental, and vision plans. Like all other faculty and staff, fellows are entitled to 24 days of nonaccrued paid vacation, University holidays, and 12 sick days. (Fellows will be expected to use vacation days when interviewing for jobs.) In addition, as with all new employees, the fellow will attend a benefits orientation offered by UIC. It should be noted that the fellow's supervisor should approve vacation time and it is mandatory that the fellow has secured clinical coverage for patients during his/her absence.
Every effort will be made to insure this fellowship meets the standards that are being developed for this level of training. Thus, it is vitally important that the applicant has completed his or her doctoral degree. Please keep in mind that it will be possible to document only those hours that were completed as “post-doctoral” when reporting to State licensing boards.
Expectations and Evaluations:
All faculty and staff in the Department are required to work a 50-hour week. Of that time, fellows are expected to provide at least 22.5 hours of clinical service.
Adjustments will be made only at the discretion of the primary supervisor, the Director of the Mood & Anxiety Program, and the Director or Associate Director of Clinical Services for the Department .
The fellow will be expected to provide services primarily to older adolescents and adults who are being seen through the Stress & Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the OCD Clinic. If the fellow has an interest in working with a pediatric population, it may be possible to make arrangements for the fellow to see a limited number of younger patients. This is not, however, guaranteed and can be only be considered if those faculty with expertise in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders are in agreement.
UIC is a public institution that draws its patient population from across all economic and ethnic strata. It is expected that fellows will be sensitive to cultural diversity and how diversity can influence the treatment process. To this end, fellows will be expected to provide services to those individuals assigned to them irrespective of the patient's background. The obvious exception to this is in those situations where insurance/managed care dictates that unlicensed trainees not see certain patients.
It is also expected that fellows will become familiar and comfortable with delivering services to patients whose reimbursement is through managed care organizations. The Fellows will be expected to gain experience working within a capitated insurance system.
Fellows are not permitted to engage in any additional form of employment during this year of training. If the fellow is experiencing a financial hardship, he or she should discuss their situation with his or her supervisor and the program director.
While the following is no doubt understood, it bears stating. Fellows are expected to deliver services and practice psychology consistent with the ethical guidelines published by the American Psychological Association. In addition, they are expected to adhere to ethical standards, procedures, and policies set forth by the State of Illinois , the University of Illinois at Chicago , and the Department of Psychiatry. Violation of these standards and/or policies is grounds for disciplinary action or dismissal. In addition, all clinical faculty and staff will be expected to complete HIPAA training and adhere to those policies and practices. Finally, it is expected that fellows will complete IRB training and adhere to university standards regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects.
Evaluations: The fellow's progress will be formally evaluated twice during the year. The primary supervisor will provide the major feedback for the evaluation process with input from other faculty with whom the fellow has had contact. Fellows are encouraged to provide their input into the evaluation process not only at those times when they are being formally evaluated, but at other times as well. Given that there is some flexibility with regard to how the fellow's experience is structured, feedback to supervisors will be important in order to insure the fellow is getting a quality training experience.
Evaluation information will be kept on file should the fellow need letters of recommendation or documentation for licensure or certification at some point in the future. As noted above, it is the fellow's responsibility to insure that evaluation materials and documentation are consistent with the information that will be needed for appropriate state licensure.
About the University:
UIC is one of ten university medical centers nationally with an all health college (i.e., including the areas of public health, medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health). The University Hospital is one of four major teaching hospitals in the immediate area, the others including Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center , the West Side Veterans Administration Medical Center , and Cook County Hospital . UIC Hospital is consistently listed as one of the top medical centers in the nation.
As a major teaching and research facility, there are any numbers of resources available to the university community. For example, the medical campus has its own computing facility with an extensive array of hardware and software available for use. There is a health sciences library with similarly extensive holdings and computerized resources which can be accessed both at the library and remotely.
The Department of Psychiatry at UIC is ranked among the top 20 psychiatric departments nationally based on federal grant funding. The department presently employs approximately 500 faculty and staff members. Faculty contribute to the mission of the Department in the areas of research, education and training, and/or clinical service.
The Department of Psychiatry has several locations across the UIC campus and Chicago . Adult outpatient services are located in the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) at 912 South Wood Street , directly across the street from the UIC Medical Center . In-patient services for both adults and adolescents are housed on the 8 th floor of the Medical Center . The Institute for Juvenile Research, where both child and adolescent outpatient clinical services and research take place, is approximately 2 blocks from NPI. Staff members of IJR are involved in various areas of research including projects on suicide, aggressive behavior in children, AIDS education, etc. The Department also has its research offices and laboratories located at the Psychiatric Institute (PI). Members of the PI staff are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in the area of basic science and psychopharmacology research. The Center for Mental Health Services Research and Policy, a program recognized ad local and national levels for its contributions to services research is located in downtown Chicago, approximately 4 miles from the UIC medical campus.
The Department supports a Residency Training Program and fellowship programs in Child Psychiatry, Women's Mental Health, and Addiction Psychiatry and is developing a fellowship in Geropsychiatry. There is an APA and Academy accredited psychology internship program in the Department with concentrations in child and in adult psychology. The Psychology Division also supports post-doctoral training programs in Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, and in Anxiety Disorders. The Department is actively involved in medical student, nursing, and social work education.
Structurally, the Department has five Program areas. These Programs include Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Women's Mental Health, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosis, and Mood & Anxiety. The directors of each Program are responsible to the Head and the Deputy Head of the Department of Psychiatry. In addition, administrative reporting involves the Director Clinical Services, as appropriate.
As in most departments of psychiatry, a full range of patient services are available depending upon the level of care an individual patient requires. General inpatient psychiatry facilities for adults and adolescents are available. There is a Community Reintegration Program for those patients who need a more intensive outpatient level of treatment. The Department also offers intensive outpatient and traditional outpatient psychotherapy services from a variety of theoretical orientations. Patients who are in need of psychopharmacologic treatment can also be accommodated in one of the Department 's medication management clinics.
The faculty is truly an interdisciplinary mix. Faculty members are drawn from the areas of clinical, counseling, and developmental psychology, psychiatry, public health, sociology, nursing, social work, biostatistics, and from the biological sciences.
Information about UIC, the Department of Psychiatry, and metropolitan Chicago is available on the University of Illinois at Chicago website (http://www.uic.edu).
Recruitment of candidates for the fellowship will be announced nationally (e.g., in the APA Monitor ). Applications will be received until the stated cut-off date or the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following materials:
Materials will be screened by a search committee and a select number of individuals will be interviewed either by telephone or in person. At their discretion, the committee may also request additional supporting materials from applicants.
Applicants should send the above noted materials to:
Cheryl Carmin, Ph.D.