Psychology Training Programs

Primary Care Family Psychology Track

Overview and Distinct Training Goals

The Primary Care Family Psychology Fellowship track, consistent with the broad training goals of the postdoctoral fellowship program, trains psychologists to fulfill clinical and academic roles in primary care medical settings through education in family psychology and systems theory, collaboration, and health psychology. Fellows provide assessment, consultation, and treatment to patients and families in a variety of health-related settings. Fellows are also provided with opportunities to teach medical students, psychology interns, medical residents and fellows in primary care, outpatient psychiatric, and inpatient medical settings. Lastly, fellows are encouraged to participate in scholarly activities related to providing biopsychosocial systems-oriented care in a medical setting. Working in close proximity with providers from a wide range of disciplines also provides the fellow with opportunities for professional differentiation and professional identity development. All fellows receive individual and group supervision weekly. At least two individual hours are provided by a licensed clinical psychologist.

Dependent on previous training, first year fellows focus primarily on

  1. learning or enhancing basic family therapy skills,
  2. developing collaborative skills in working with other health care providers, and
  3. identifying a specialty area of interest.

Second year fellows

  1. develop and apply more advanced family therapy and collaboration skills,
  2. become more involved in scholarship, teaching and supervisory activities with medical students, medical residents, and psychology interns, and
  3. gain experience and knowledge in their identified specialty area.

Specific Training Experiences: Primary Care Family Psychology Track

Each of our fellowship tracks is designed to give the fellow the opportunity to acquire the needed skills to practice family-oriented health psychology in a primary care setting. In all tracks, the focus is on using the biopsychosocial model, collaborative clinical care with medical providers, and systems thinking. The Primary Care Family Psychology fellows participate together in seminars that highlight the generalist nature of working in primary care and help to hone their clinical, collaborative, academic, and administrative skills. The clinical/teaching placements are in three different primary care settings:

Pediatric

The primary placement for the pediatric fellow is in an urban pediatric clinic. The fellow provides therapy to children and their families, collaborates and consults with medical providers in an innovative way as part of an interdisciplinary team, and provides consultation and teaching to pediatric residents. There are opportunities for scholarship/research. The first year fellow works full-time in the pediatric clinic while the second year fellow spends half of his/her time in the pediatric clinic and half in an outpatient family therapy clinic in the academic medical center seeing children and their families, many of whom have comorbid medical problems.

Women's Health

The women’s health fellow specializes in providing consultation, assessment, and treatment to women's health patients and their families. Close collaboration with medical providers is an essential component of the clinical care. The fellow provides individual, couples, and family therapy in a general obstetrics and gynecology clinic targeting underserved patients, and psychoeducational groups and brief consultation and counseling for women and couples attending a specialty-care clinic for infertility. The fellow also sees patients at Strong Family Therapy Services.

Family Medicine / Geriatric Internal Medicine

The Family/Internal Medicine fellow focuses on delivering and teaching about integrated, collaborative care from the cradle to the grave. The half-time clinical placement at Family Medicine allows the fellow to provide family-oriented behavioral health services alongside family medicine residents and faculty at an out-patient primary care clinic that cares for a range of patients, including refugees and the underserved. The other half-time placement is focused on teaching and consulting with Internal Medicine residents about the psychosocial needs of their older adult patients, as part of the innovative Hospital-to-Home program . This program includes an environmental as well as family assessment as part of the teaching provided by the psychology fellow for the internal medicine residents.