Supervisor Emily Wilhite, PhD
Facility VA La Jolla SARRTP PTSD Track
Address 3350 La Jolla Village Dr (116B)
Phone 858-552-8585 ext 3215
Email emily.wilhite@va.gov
Placement Type Residential substance use treatment program, VA La Jolla; may also include some outpatient PTSD/Substance Use Disorder treatment at VA La Jolla for patients who completed SARRTP and need to finish individual treatment as outpatient
Patient Type Veterans struggling with comorbid substance use and PTSD.
– Predominantly male, age range ~20-70, all conflict eras, all trauma types
Experience Type

The practicum student on this rotation will provide individual evidence-based PTSD treatment (Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, COPE, Trauma-Informed Guilt Reduction) to veterans with PTSD/SUD who are currently in a residential substance use treatment program.  PE and CPT are most heavily utilized. Individual therapy will be conducted in an intensive format (at least 2x weekly), given the residential setting.  The practicum student also has opportunities to co-facilitate with Dr. Wilhite a PTSD/SUD group (may choose between in vivo exposure group, CBT for PTSD group based on CPT, and PTSD skills), and may complete PTSD-focused intakes. Thus, this rotation is ideal for students wanting strong PTSD experience with an addictions population. Practicum students are welcome to attend rounds with a multidisciplinary team (psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, addiction therapists, social worker) as desired.  Opportunities for motivational interviewing and CBT for SUD are also available.  Finally, the practicum student on this rotation will attend 1 hour of weekly supervision with Dr. Wilhite, and will attend a weekly seminar in addictions or PTSD.

Number Of Students 1
Experience Necessary Varying degrees of experience welcome
Time Commitment 10 hours per week
Practicum Length Full Year
Start Date July 1, 2021
Limiting Factors

Ideally, trainees in this practicum will see a patient 3x per week in order to allow patients to finish treatment protocol prior to discharge from SARRTP (this also allowing trainees to attain high competency with PTSD treatments). The practicum trainee will be working onsite for this practicum. Days of week are flexible, except Thursdays because Dr. Wilhite is not onsite. Also, trainees can choose between attending Addiction Seminar at 1pm on Wednesdays, or PTSD Seminar at 12pm on Fridays.

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Description Revised 04/07/2021