Supervisor Andrew W. Bismark, PhD
Facility VASDHS Inpatient Psychology Services
Address Veterans Affairs Medical Center – La Jolla
Phone (858) 245-5825
Email andrew.bismark@va.gov OR andrew.bismark@gmail.com
Placement Type VA inpatient Psychiatry service (assessment & cognitive screens/ brief therapy) and/or VA transitional outpatient psychology service (brief therapy)
Patient Type

1) Inpatient veterans hospitalized with acute psychiatric illnesses (mostly psychosis, PTSD, Bipolar, Addiction, Depression, Personality Disorders, co-morbidities) needing psychological intervention and/or assessment.

2) Outpatient veterans (all ages) who are transitioning from acute inpatient to outpatient mental health services. Individuals frequently present with co-morbid psychiatric concerns (substance use, adjustment/ mood disorders, PTSD, Bipolar, Personality disorders, Severe Mental Health conditions).

Experience Type

1)  Psychological Assessment and brief cognitive screening to assist with differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and to identify whether functional deficits reflect mood, personality and/or cognitive etiologies.

2) Short-Term individual and group therapy utilizing evidence based practice with particular emphasis on CBT, ACT, MI, DBT, and behavioral intervention models for treatment (re)engagement, skill building, psychiatric stabilization, and functional improvement for transition back into community.

3) Program evaluation and development of ongoing inpatient group therapy with emphasis on evidence based practice interventions.

Training goals: a) gain assessment experience in diagnostic interviewing, brief assessment screening/interviewing, selecting individual assessment measures, interpretation of assessment results/inventories and completing integrated reports based on clinical and actuarial assessments b) gain experience in brief individual and group interventions and skill building techniques with acutely ill and high comorbid populations c) communicating assessment/treatment results and recommendations via interdisciplinary presentation and written treatment plans. d) experience interacting with psychiatric interdisciplinary rounds, inpatient milieu, and multi-disciplinary teams as well as emphasis on individualized supervision.

Number Of Students Limited to one practicum student per year (1 day/week) to maximize training, supervision and clinical hours.
Experience Necessary Completed graduate assessment training and at least one year of therapy practicum experience, and general psych assessment experience.
Time Commitment Approx. 7 – 8 hours. 
Practicum Length Full Year 46-48 week commitment is the goal. Schedule can accommodate interviewing/internship start dates.
Start Date 7/1/2019
Limiting Factors None
Other Issues  
Description Revised 02/22/2019