Supervisor Julie Kangas, Ph.D.
Veronica Kassab, Ph.D.
Denisse Tiznado, Ph.D.
Facility San Diego VA – Mission Valley, General Mental Health
Address 8810 Rio San Diego Dr. 116A4Z
Phone 619-400-5170
Email Julie.Kangas@va.gov; Veronica.Kassab@va.gov; Denisse.Tiznado@va.gov
Placement Type VA Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP)
Patient Type

Students would work with a General Mental Health population (BHIP clinic), meaning they will have the ability to pick from a waitlist including depression, anxiety, PTSD (using CPT), substance use issues (typically not full SUDs), anger/emotion regulation difficulties, insomnia, health co-morbidities, and relationship problems. We will select cases according to students’ interests and training needs. Additionally, students can co-lead one of the many groups, or do diagnostic intakes, according to their interest.  

Consultation: We do have a multidisciplinary team, suited for consultation.

Supervision: Supervisory experience could be arranged with a medical student (psychiatry fellow) or peer support specialist, depending on levels of expertise and mutual benefit.

Experience Type Individual therapy, diagnostic evaluations/intake, and group therapy – specializing in CBT/ACT modalities (CBT, CBTi, CPT, ACT, DBT skills, MI)
Number Of Students 1-2
Experience Necessary CBT knowledge/experience
Time Commitment 10 hours – can be one long day as many supervisors are on site 7-5:30, or two part days are recommended
Practicum Length Full year
Start Date 7/6/2020
Limiting Factors Due to COVID-19, there may be a requirement to work from home and the VA has not yet approved practicum students working from home with patient care. We will keep you updated on the situation.
Other Issues
Description Revised

04/29/2020