A primary component of the rich, in-depth training experience involves serving as a therapist on a multidisciplinary inpatient unit for patients with histories of complex trauma. In addition to placement on the inpatient unit, postdoctoral candidates are also trained in conducting outpatient psychotherapy and in providing specialized evaluations and consultations for patients with dissociative disorders and PTSD. Our postdoctoral candidates receive a competitive stipend while participating in this one-year training program.

Training

Our postdoctoral candidates participate in 40 hours of clinical work each week. Training in this program includes:

  • Instruction in the phase-oriented approach to trauma treatment

  • Weekly didactic trauma seminar

  • Individual, supervised inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy

  • Participation in clinical team meetings

  • Strong psychodynamic training incorporated with the use of cognitive behavioral techniques

  • Inpatient psychotherapy 3x/week

  • Specialized psychological testing

  • Hypnotherapy techniques

  • Group psychotherapy

  • Long-term outpatient psychodynamic therapy

Supervision

Postdoctoral candidates in The Trauma Disorders Program receive four to six formal hours of weekly supervision, including a didactic seminar on the evaluation and treatment of trauma disorders.

Application Process

We accept individuals who have completed their doctoral training (PhDs and PsyDs). The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program runs from September 1 to August 31 each year. To apply, please send hard copies of your curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three recommendation letters to:

Dr. Victor Welzant
The Trauma Disorders Program
Sheppard Pratt Health System
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21204

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview at the program starting in January. When visiting for interviews, applicants will meet with several key individuals in the program, including the medical director, senior psychiatrists, and current postdoctoral candidates. Final selections for the program are based on the interviews, CVs, graduate transcripts, and recommendation letters.

The selection of applicants occurs on a rolling basis until the positions are filled; however, we generally inform applicants of their selection status utilizing the same schedule as the Association of Psychology Postdoc and Internship Centers (APPIC).