National Health Service Corps Announces a New Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Announces a New Loan Repayment Pilot Program for Part-Time Clinicians. This program joins the Full-Time Program in recruiting “fully-trained health professionals to provide culturally competent, interdisciplinary primary health services to underserved populations located in selected Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSAs) identified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. HPSAs can be found in rural, frontier, and urban communities across the Nation.” In return, the Projects provide loan repayment assistance to clinicians for their qualifying educational debt.

For additional information on these loan repayment opportunities, visit http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/.

Early Career Mentoring

Description of the Division of Psychotherapy

Early Career Psychologists Mentoring Program

This one-year mentoring program provides mentoring for Early Career Psychologists (i.e., within 10 years of completion of the Ph.D. or Psy.D., regardless of the number of years in the field prior to attaining the doctoral degree). Mentoring is provided in mentoring groups comprised of two senior, experienced mentors and up to 3-4 mentees. Three mentoring programs are offered:

  • Mentoring: Psychotherapy Practice Issues
    • The practice mentors will aid their mentees in issues related to practice such as licensure, the business of establishing a private practice, or professional and ethical issues related to being a licensed psychologist. Practice mentees may elect to work on developing new areas of competence, developing skills with diverse clientele, or addressing mental health care disparities. The program does not provide clinical supervision, but does provide mentoring to support mentees in reaching their professional goals.

 

  • Mentoring: Psychotherapy Research
    • The research mentors will work closely with their mentees on their psychotherapy research.  Psychotherapy research mentees may elect to work on any aspect of their research program (e.g., setting a research agenda to working, developing successful grant applications, engaging diverse communities in psychotherapy research, and research as a part of success in the tenure process).

 

  • Mentoring: Teaching and Training
    • The teaching mentors will help their mentees to improve on areas related to lecturing/teaching in psychotherapy-related classes and may, if applicable, provide support to help new professors as they embark on the track to tenure. Teaching mentees may work on topics such as addressing diversity in the classroom, engaging students in the classroom, creating effective syllabi, teaching helping skills, and growing as an instructor.

 

Three or four applicants will be selected for each of the three areas, and will be assigned to a mentoring group that focuses on that specific area. Each mentoring group will meet by web-based video conference six times per year (every 2 months) to discuss mentee projects and other mentoring concerns.

Program Goals

  • Provide support and mentoring to promising      early career psychologists
  • Help early career psychologists to      establish and further their careers
  • Build positive and supportive relationships      between mentees and more experienced members of the Division of      Psychotherapy
  • Build positive professional relationships between      mentees within each group and mentoring cohort
  • Support diversity in psychotherapists,      scholars, educators, and professional leaders interested in psychotherapy
  • Support attention to diversity in      psychotherapy practice, psychotherapy research, and teaching about      psychotherapy
  • Encourage early career psychologists to      step into leadership roles in the field of psychotherapy practice,      research, or training

Program Structure and Benefits

  • Selected mentees will work on their individual projects with support and feedback from the mentors and the rest of the mentoring group
  • Selected mentees will meet as a group via web-based video conference for 1 hour every 2 months (6 times/year) for mentoring
  • During the mentoring meetings, mentees will discuss their projects and any other mentoring concerns with the mentoring group and the mentors
  • Mentors would work as a sounding board for new ideas and offer unique perspectives to help shape and refine the ideas of their mentees.
  • Mentors will help connect mentees with other Division 29 members working in areas relevant to the mentee’s work.
  • Mentors and mentees would have the opportunity to meet in person at the annual APA Convention at the Lunch for the Masters (if desired, not required).

Funding Specifics

  • There will be no cost to mentees/mentors for      participating in the 6 web-based video conferences.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligibility criteria that apply to all threementoring programs:
    • Must be a member of Division 29 (Psychotherapy)—information for joining the Division of Psychotherapy is available at the following website: http://www.divisionofpsychotherapy.org/members/membership-application/
    • Must have graduated from the Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs within 10 years from the time of their application (Note that some applicants may have had many years in the mental health field prior to attaining the doctoral degree—time from graduation is calculated only from graduation with the Ph.D., Psy.D., or other doctoral-level degree).
    • Eligibility criteria that apply only one of the three specific mentoring programs:

 

  • Mentoring: Psychotherapy Practice Issues. Individuals must articulate their interest in psychotherapy practice, be invested in future clinical work, and articulate how a mentor should help him or her with professional development issues.

 

  • Mentoring: Psychotherapy Research. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a clear research agenda and plan in an area of psychotherapy and demonstrate research competency consistent with their level of training and experience.

 

  • Mentoring: Teaching and Training. Individuals must demonstrate a particular interest in building a career in teaching/academia or be involved in teaching or training future psychotherapists as a part of their professional lives. Applicants should have an interest in approaches to teaching psychotherapy, supervision, or issues related to training.

Information on Mentors

  • Mentors will be experienced members of Division 29 to serve as mentors (two in psychotherapy practice, two in psychotherapy research, and two in teaching/training).
  • The mentors agree to serve as mentor for a period of one year.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with goals listed above      under “Program Goals”
  • Clarity with which the applicant articulates      the way in which the mentoring program could help the applicant attain the      goals stated in their application
  • Clarity with which the applicant      articulates the proposed project to be completed with the support of the      mentors and mentoring group
  • Applicant’s ability/competence to execute      the project

Application Process

  • All applicants(regardless of type of mentoring program sought) should submit
    • a CV
    • 1 letter of reference from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s work in a professional or academic context
    • A statement of purpose (no more than 1 page, single-spaced, no smaller than 12-point font, 1-inch margins on all sides).

 

  • Statement of Purpose Requirements Vary by Mentoring Program Desired:
    • Mentoring: Psychotherapy Practice Issues.
      • Interested individuals should explain their area of clinical interest, discuss the work done thus far in clinical practice, and future plans to practice psychotherapy.  Applicants should clearly delineate which areas they are requesting mentoring group support, and why. Describe the specific outcomes that are expected from the mentoring process (e.g., establishment of competence in a new area of practice or in practice with a new population, specific skill-building, specific practice development plans, etc.). Please note that no clinical supervision is provided through the mentoring program.
  • Mentoring: Psychotherapy Research.
    • Applicants must explain their program of research and future research plans.  Applicants should specify a project that they would like to work on in the coming year with the support of the mentoring group.
  • Mentoring: Teaching and Training.
    • Applicants must submit a statement demonstrating a serious ongoing interest in teaching courses related to psychotherapy or being involved in training of future psychotherapists. The statement of purpose should include a description of teaching strategies and philosophy, a summary of any available documentation of teaching effectiveness, and a plan for an innovate teaching/training endeavor that the mentee would work on developing with the mentoring group.

 

  • Applicants may reapply in subsequent years; reapplications are permitted.
  • Applicants may only submit one application for each year (i.e., one may not apply for the teaching and the research mentorships in the same year).
  • Anyone who has been awarded the mentorship is barred from applying in the future.
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Submission Process and Deadline

  • All materials must be submitted      electronically via e-mail
  • All materials (including CV) may be      submitted in MSWord or PDF format.
  • Submit all required materials for      proposal to: Division 29 Early Career Domain Representative (Susan S.      Woodhouse, Ph.D. at woodhouse@lehigh.edu )
  • You will receive an electronic      confirmation of your submission within 48 hours. If you do not      receive confirmation, your proposal was not received;      please resubmit.
  • Deadline:  September 30, of each      year

Questions about this program should be directed to the Division 29 Early Career Domain Representative (Susan S. Woodhouse, Ph.D. at woodhouse@lehigh.edu ) or the Division 29 Early Career Committee Chair (Rayna Markin, Ph.D. at rayna.markin@villanova.edu ).

 

 

2010 45(1)

Psychotherapy Bulletin 2010, 45(1)

Early Career Credentialing Scholarships From The National Register

Deadline to Apply for Credentialing Scholarships is 3/15/2010.

Dear Early Career Psychologist:

Are you interested in joining the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology? If yes, but the application cost is a barrier, you should apply for a National Register Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Credentialing Scholarship.

Early Career Psychologist credentialing scholarships were developed in conjunction with the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists. These scholarships help ECPs get credentialed as Health Service Providers in Psychology by covering the cost of the credential review and registration fees. The National Register has awarded 189 scholarships to ECPs, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this opportunity.

Before you apply for a scholarship, please spend a few minutes browsing the National Register website (www.NationalRegister.org) to learn more about the benefits of the Health Service Provider in Psychology credential, including:

  • Credentials Banking
  • License Mobility
  • Discounts on Professional Liability Insurance
  • Free Continuing Education*
  • Practice Profile on the FindaPsychologist.org Referral Website
  • Credentials Verification to Healthcare Organizations
  • Publications and Legal Updates

To apply for an ECP Scholarship, go to http://www.nationalregister.org/ECP_award.html.

Credentialing scholarships are made possible by donations to the National Register scholarship funds.

Regards,

Judy E. Hall, Ph.D.
Executive Officer

2009 44(4)

Psychotherapy Bulletin Winter 2009, 44(4)