Karen Hanson, Ph.D.   

Facility VA  Community Living Center (CLC)
Address 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, 151B, San Diego, CA 92161
Phone 858-552-8585  ext. 2663
Placement Type Community Living Center (CLC) – Inpatient Medical / Rehabilitation Unit at VA Hospital (4 South)
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), cognitive impairment, altered mental status, or adjustment/behavioral issues. There may also be the opportunity to see patients in Palliative/Hospice Care, as well as their families. Population is primarily older male veterans, typically ranging from 60s to 80s in terms of age. Students will have the opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, physical / occupational / recreational therapists, pharmacist, nutritionist, and chaplain.

Experience Type

On the CLC unit, we do brief screening and therapy, acting as a consult/liaison service. Specific measures used may include Patient Health Questionnaire (for depression), Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI), PTSD Check-List (PCL), Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), and St. Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) cognitive screening measure. Occasionally we administer a brief neuropsychological battery when indicated. Therapy is short-term and goal oriented, ranging from basic supportive therapy to motivational interviewing to cognitive behavioral approaches. We work 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 Some testing and basic therapy experience helpful.
Time Commitment ½ day to 1 day (or two ½ days)
Practicum Length 6 months or 1 year
Start Date 7/1/2019
Limiting Factors Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays before 1pm possible. No Fridays. Preferably, student should be able to come on Wednesday mornings to attend the Interdisciplinary team meetings.
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