Psychology Postdoctoral Trauma Program

Director of Postdoctoral Training, The Trauma Disorders Program: Dr. Victor Welzant

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in The Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt Health System is an intensive, one-year training program in the evaluation and treatment of patients with dissociative and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). The primary training experience involves serving as a therapist on a multi-disciplinary inpatient unit for persons with histories of complex trauma. The patient population typically presents with severe psychopathology and multiple diagnoses. As Sheppard Pratt Health System’s program specializes in the treatment of individuals with dissociative identity disorder, these patients comprise the majority of one’s caseload during the fellowship year. In addition to placement on the inpatient unit, postdoctoral trainees also receive training in conducting outpatient psychotherapy and in providing specialized evaluations and consultations for patients with dissociative disorders and PTSD. 

Although a strong psychodynamic orientation characterizes the approach to treatment, postdoctoral trainees also receive intensive training in the use of cognitive-behavioral and hypnotherapy techniques, as well as in other modalities. Six formal hours of weekly supervision are provided, including a didactic seminar on the evaluation and treatment of trauma disorders. Opportunities for training experiences in long-term psychodynamic therapy and in clinical work with traumatized children and adolescents may also be available.

Candidates interested in the postdoctoral program must have attended an APA-approved graduate program in psychology and completed an internship. The postdoctoral fellowship runs from September 1st through August 31st of each year. Applications are due in February for fellowships that start the upcoming fall.

Please visit The Trauma Disorders Program’s website for more information.