Mississippi Psychology Training Consortium

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University of Mississippi Medical Center/ Veteran's Affairs Medical Center Residency Consortium in Jackson, MS

This consortium has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since its inception in 1964. There are five major areas of concentration (as of June, 2009) with sub-rotations within them, including: 1. Behavioral Medicine, 2. Neuropsychology, 3. Child, 4. Addictions, 5. Adult

ACT-Friendly Rotation:

Community-based Dual Disorder Rotation (Personality Disorders focus)

Dr. Gratz

The goal of this rotation is to learn how to treat psychiatric difficulties that co-occur with substance use disorders. The primary focus will be on the use of empirically-supported principles to treat co-occurring mood, anxiety, and personality disorders (particular, borderline personality disorder [BPD]) among substance users in residential treatment. Core treatment elements include conducting skills-based groups at two community-based substance use treatment programs. Groups at one of these sites will include behavioral activation for depression and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for Axis II pathology and emotion dysregulation. Groups at the other site will incorporate skills from DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and behavioral principles to increase emotion regulation, decrease risk-taking, and manage HIV. Individual therapy will focus on the treatment of BPD and related pathology using DBT. Residents will have the opportunity to work with underserved populations and to participate in multidisciplinary treatment teams. Opportunities to train staff in DBT and behavior therapy, provide in-services on specific psychiatric disorders, and provide general program consultation to the treatment centers may also be available. Finally, opportunities will be available to develop targeted group therapies and participate in ongoing data collection at one of the sites.

Research opportunities include access to data from completed studies on borderline personality disorder, self-harm, and emotion regulation, as well as the co-occurrence of these difficulties among inpatient substance users. Opportunities to become involved in ongoing data collection examining the role of emotion dysregulation and emotional avoidance in co-occurring substance use and personality disorders are also available. Finally, there may be opportunities to become involved in ongoing research on the intergenerational transmission of borderline personality and related difficulties between mothers and their infants.

Visit the consortium site to find out more.