Tanya Nguyen, Ph.D.

Facility VA  Community Living Center (CLC)
Address 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, 151B, San Diego, CA 92161
Phone 858-246-5347
Placement Type Inpatient Medical / Rehabilitation Unit at VA Hospital
Patient Type

The CLC houses inpatient veterans who are stable and recovering from medical issues or waiting for placement in the community (e.g., amputations, wound care, IV antibiotic treatment, dementia). Although they are primarily in the CLC for medical reasons, it is very common to have co-morbid psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, PTSD, anxiety, and substance use disorders), cognitive impairment, altered mental status, or adjustment/behavioral issues. There may also be opportunities to see patients in Palliative/Hospice Care, as well as their families. Population is primarily older male veterans, typically ranging in age from 60s to 80s.

Consultation: Trainees will have the opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physical / occupational / recreational therapists, pharmacist, nutritionist, and chaplain.

Experience Type

On the CLC unit, Psychology acts as a consult/liaison service. Trainees will be exposed to varied experiences, which include (but are not limited to) psychological and cognitive screenings, brief individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups, suicide risk assessment and safety planning, brief neuropsychological evaluations (when indicated), and patient/family feedback and education. Therapy is short-term and goal-oriented, ranging from psychoeducation supportive therapy to motivational interviewing to cognitive behavioral approaches. Psychology works to support patients during their hospital stay, assist the interdisciplinary team and patient in meeting goals, and identify needs/referrals after discharge.

Number Of Students 1
Experience Necessary Trainees should have experience with conducting a biopsychosocial evaluation and basic experience in individual and/or group psychotherapy. They should have completed or be concurrently enrolled in coursework in therapeutic interventions, such as CBT, ACT, and/or MI.
Time Commitment 8-10 hours week; hours are generally flexible
Practicum Length 1 year
Start Date 7/1/2021
Limiting Factors Preferable that trainee is available Tuesday 10:00-11:30 and Thursday 9:30-10:00 to attend and present at interdisciplinary team meetings and family care conferences. Otherwise, schedule is flexible on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
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