Supervisor Tanya Nguyen, Ph.D.
Facility Senior Behavioral Health (SBH)
Address 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego CA 92103
Phone (310) 471-3925
Placement Type Inpatient hospital unit
Patient Type Older adults (60+ years) with acute neuropsychiatric illnesses and occasionally younger, middle-aged adults with confirmed or probable neurodegenerative disorders. Patients admitted to the unit present with a variety of conditions including advanced dementia syndromes (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia) with prominent behavioral features/symptoms (e.g., agitation, delusions, hallucinations, mood/anxiety symptoms) and primary psychiatric disorders/serious mental illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression with suicidality, psychosis, and/or mania). Older patients may present with complex medical problems, complicating their psychiatric presentation.
Experience Type Trainees will be exposed to varied experiences at SBH, which include (but are not limited to) bedside neuropsychological evaluations, leading psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups, brief individual psychotherapy, suicide risk assessment and safety planning, and patient/family feedback and education. They will gain experience in rapid psychiatric and neuropsychological evaluation and formulation of treatment recommendations in a fast-paced, inpatient medical setting. Trainees will learn to collaborate a member of an integrated health care team that includes specialists in geropsychiatry, geriatric medicine, neuropsychology, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, and pharmacy. Trainees will have opportunity to attend and provide testing results/interpretations and recommendations in interdisciplinary treatment team rounds, and conduct co-treatment with other disciplines.
Number Of Students 1
Experience Necessary Experience with administering and scoring neuropsychological tests is required. Experience with integrated report writing is preferred. Trainees should have completed or be concurrently enrolled in coursework in brain-behavioral relationships (e.g., Neuropsychology Proseminar series).
Time Commitment 8 hours/week; hours are flexible
Practicum Length One year
Start Date 7/1/2019
Limiting Factors Interdisciplinary treatment team rounds are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. If trainees would like to participate in rounds, it is preferrable that they be available during one of these times.
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Description Revised 03/12/2019