Supervisor Travis Cook, PhD and John Correa, PhD
Facility Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program (ADTP)
Address Psychology Service 116B, V.A.San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego CA. 92161
Phone 858-642-3715
Placement Type V.A. Hospital outpatient
Patient Type Primarily male veterans aged 20-70 with substance use disorders (SUDs). Most have other DSM-5 diagnoses, such as mood disorders, PTSD, etc.
Experience Type

The trainee would primarily engage in the delivery of evidence-based outpatient group and individual therapy for SUDs. Orientations to treatment would include motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, and problem solving/stress management, among others. The student would also have opportunities to conduct ADTP intakes, ranging from brief treatment planning meetings to comprehensive, integrated clinical assessments. The student’s work will likely overlap with the ADTP’s Intensive Outpatient Program and the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program. Additional training opportunities tailored to the trainee’s interests are available upon consultation with the supervisor (e.g., trauma-focused treatment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). The trainee would also be expected to meet with their primary supervisor for one hour of individual supervision each week and to participate in one hour of weekly group supervision meetings that are co-facilitated by V.A. SUD psychologists. Group supervision meetings would occasionally include outside speakers and would integrate aspects of case consultation, didactics, professional development, and case presentations.

Number Of Students 2
Experience Necessary Students at all levels will be accommodated. Previous group experience is not necessary, but groups are the primary treatment modality in this rotation, so trainee should be willing to co-lead groups with a supervisor or more advanced trainees.
Time Commitment 10 hours including direct service, supervision and seminar time
Practicum Length Full Year
Start Date 7/1/2021 or 9/1/2021
Limiting Factors Practicum available Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm. To minimize risk during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that patient contact and supervision meetings will be restricted to telemental health and virtual meeting platforms (e.g., WebEx).
Other Issues Clinical activities are flexible and can be tailored to the interests of the trainee. The practicum would also allow trainees to work alongside more advanced trainees (e.g., psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows) for further professional development.
Description Revised 02/23/2021