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Social Work Fellow Position – VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California San Diego


The VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California San Diego Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Oriented Services (“PSR Fellowship”) is currently recruiting for a social work fellow position for the 2019-20 training year. Our fellowship, which is one of six sites in the nation, is interdisciplinary and we typically recruit 2 psychology fellows (PhD), 1 social work fellow (MSW), and 1 vocational rehabilitation (MS) fellow each year. Fellows must have earned their graduate degree before starting the fellowship on September 1, 2019.

We provide one year of intensive training on psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) services for Veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness, primarily psychotic disorders. Our fellowship recently had the honor of earning the American Psychological Association Division 18 President’s Excellence in Training Award “in recognition as an outstanding psychology training program, preparing learners to provide recovery-oriented, evidence-based services to adults diagnosed with serious mental illness.”

PSR fellows work primarily at the VA San Diego’s Center of Recovery Education (CORE), an award-winning CARF-accredited psychosocial rehabilitation program with an energetic and committed interdisciplinary team of staff and trainees who provide an impressive menu of evidence-based and innovative PSR services in a positive team culture. They also complete a rotation on our inpatient psychiatry unit. Fellows spend 60-80% of their time conducting clinical work under the supervision of licensed mental health staff, up to 20% on a scholarly project, and 10-15% in didactics and training activities. Our fellows have consistently ranked the program very positively and many have gone on to satisfying careers in the VA and elsewhere.

The deadline for social work applicants is February 19—all of the application and fellowship details are listed below, which are also available on our website: Questions can be emailed to the training director, Dr. Dimitri Perivoliotis, at:


VASDHS Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Oriented Services (“PSR Fellowship”)


The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is seeking applicants for a 1-year post-graduate (post-Masters or higher) fellowship in psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) and recovery oriented services for veterans with serious mental illness (SMI; primarily psychotic disorders). The fellowship offers a major area of study in serious mental illness (SMI) and provides advanced evidence-based PSR training to clinical psychology residents as well as residents from other disciplines including social work, vocational rehabilitation, nursing, and/or psychiatry. In 2018, the fellowship earned the American Psychological Association Division 18 President’s Excellence in Training Award “in recognition as an outstanding psychology training program, preparing learners to provide recovery-oriented, evidence-based services to adults diagnosed with serious mental illness.” The fellowship is 40 hours per week for 1 full year and starts Sep. 1, 2019. Fellows receive a stipend ($51,101 for post-doctoral psychology, $33,249 for post-masters social work or voc rehab, $36,523 for post-masters nursing, and equivalent to the salary of UCSD psychiatry residents for MD residents) plus health insurance benefits with co-pay. 

The PSR Fellowship Program and VASDHS, in close affiliation with the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, has a long history of integrated clinical, teaching and research programs for schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, severe depression and co-morbid addictions. Embedded in these integrated programs is an interdisciplinary PSR approach based on a Recovery Model. Our programs empower Veterans to develop personalized goals and choose from a menu of treatment program opportunities, including inpatient and outpatient services, medication management, vocational skills development and supportive employment, psychoeducation, social skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, Illness Management and Recovery, substance use/dual-diagnosis treatment, neuropsychological evaluation, and access to vital community resources that support personal goal attainment through case management. Our goal is to improve community functioning and quality of life in veterans with SMI. Development, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based PSR services through research and program evaluation are high priorities. Active partnership with consumers and community linkages is an important element of this work. 

Training includes: 1) supervised clinical experiences providing Veterans with integrated recovery-oriented PSR services on interprofessional treatment teams, primarily at our award-winning CARF-accredited outpatient psychosocial rehabilitation program (the Center Of Recovery Education (CORE)), as well as acute care (inpatient) and community-based programs at VASDHS (60-80% of time); 2) didactics and training activities (10-15%); and 3) research/dissemination activities (variable effort, up to 20%). Additionally, the program allows an opportunity for mentored supervision of psychology interns, practicum students, and formal presentations and lectures to academic, medical, and community audiences. There are also opportunities to participate in federally funded research projects.

Qualifications: The following are required: 1) U.S. citizenship; 2) Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26; 3) (For psychology applicants) Completion of an APA-accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA-accredited professional psychology internship by September 1, 2018. To have completed the doctorate, one must have successfully defended one’s dissertation. Desirable qualifications include commitment to and some experience working with people with SMI, experience using evidence-based interventions, and career goals involving clinical, research, leadership and dissemination activities involving evidence-based practices in university-affiliated or VA or other medical center settings. Recruitment of individuals from diverse social and economic backgrounds and diverse cultural and demographic groups is a high priority.

Application: Please submit the following application materials: (1) a brief statement of interest (maximum 2 pages) in PSR for psychosis (interest in working with consumers with psychotic disorders is required), (2) CV or resume, (3) 3 letters of reference, preferably from clinical and research supervisors. The letter of interest should include: The position/emphasis area you are applying and why (applicable for psychology applicants who choose to apply to both the PSR Fellowship and other emphasis areas within the larger psychology postdoctoral program; see links below for more information), a brief summary of educational, clinical and research experiences relevant to PSR and any other areas of interest, a summary of your training needs and goals for the residency, and a statement of your career goals.

Psychology applicants should submit these materials via the APPA CAS portal at by 11:59 pm on December 9, 2018 and should be available for interview on February 1, 2019. Other interview options may also be possible. Applicants from other disciplines should email their materials to the Training Director, Dimitri Perivoliotis, Ph.D., at by February 19, 2019. Interviews for these candidates will occur throughout March 2019 by phone or in person.

Additional information about the PSR Fellowship and our parent psychology postdoctoral training program can be found in a downloadable brochure here: Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation - American Psychological Association; 740 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; Phone: (202) 336-5979; Email:; Web: