Receiving Supervision: All residents receive a minimum of two hours per week of individualized supervision utilizing a developmental approach. Clinical supervision may include intensive review of case material, co-therapy, live supervision, observations of taped/recorded sessions, discussion of readings, discussions of the integration of theory, research, and practice. Residents are invited to share personal reactions and to engage in a process of self-examination. Other supervision experiences include reach-related supervisions focused on contributing to the research team (i.e. research team meetings, discussions of research findings, manuscript preparation, and grant preparation) or community outreach/advocacy experiences (i.e. developing presentations or other materials to engage community providers, leaders, and policy makers, engaging in community advocacy endeavors collaboratively).
Dr. Laura Hume, Training Director- Dr. Laura Hume is the president/co-owner of FPA and a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Florida and Georgia. She is a clinical research-practitioner and has a variety of experience using evidence-supported practices in treating and assessing for psychological disorders. She specializes in working with children and families. She leads on-site as well as community-based training programs to encourage the use of evidence-based practices. Dr. Hume leads the training program at FPA and directly supervises students from a variety of educational levels (undergraduate through post-doctoral) from numerous training programs (e.g., UNF, Wake Forrest University, Liberty University) and disciplines (e.g., Counselling, Social Work, Psychology). Currently, she is engaged in a variety of community-based research projects and has been particularly focused on the development and implementation of a mental health screener that aims to identify those in need of mental health treatment and link them to needed services. She directly provides comprehensive psychological evaluations and utilizes a variety of evidenced based treatments including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), and parent training.
Dr. Hume completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Florida State University where she was a fellow of the Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (PIRT) program at the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCCR). At FSU she created her own line of research examining how socio-emotional skills relate to early academic skills in young children. Dr. Hume has presented her research at national conferences and published her findings in several peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hume completed her internship at University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) where she completed in-depth psychological evaluations of children. She has experience evaluating for developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavior disorders, and externalizing problems, and has completed court ordered assessments to assist with parenting and custody issues. She worked with children in state custody, families experiencing domestic violence, and completed neuropsychological evaluations with patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dr. Hume completed her postdoctoral residency at the Emory University School of Medicine as part of the Emory Neurodevelopment and Exposure Clinic. There she served as part of a multi-disciplinary team that developed new lines of research and provided in-depth diagnostic evaluations, therapy, and consultation to children that were prenatally exposed to alcohol and other harmful substances.
Dr. Catherine Drew, Lead Psychology Supervisor- Catherine Hardee Drew, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist (PY#9101) and Co-Owner/Chief Executive Officer of FPA. Dr. Drew currently serves on the Florida Board of Psychology where she is responsible for licensing, monitoring, disciplining and educating psychologists to assure competency and safety to practice in the State of Florida.
Dr. Drew specializes in court ordered assessments including psychosexual, competency, and juvenile justice evaluations. She has performed outpatient-based psychotherapy and assessments with both civil and forensic clients diagnosed with a wide range of severe and persistent psychiatric disorders. She is experienced in crisis evaluations and prediction of risk. Dr. Drew is also a qualified supervisor for intern and resident therapists.
Dr. Drew has received accolades from the Fourth Judicial Circuit regarding her professionalism and ability in the courtroom. She has conducted comprehensive psychological assessments and provided recommendations regarding risk of violence, competency to proceed to court, and readiness for conditional release. She has served as a liaison to the legal community, and as a consultant to multidisciplinary treatment teams.
The residency program is designed to provide a planned, programmed sequence of supervised training experiences following APPIC (https://www.appic.org/About-APPIC/APPIC-Policies/Postdoc) guidelines. Throughout all experiences at FPA training will focus on the development of competency in Ethical and Legal Standards, Integration of Science and Practice, Clinical Skills, Professionalism, Individual and Cultural Diversity
The resident will be part of a multidisciplinary team who provide excellence in behavioral health, psychological consultation, and mental health services to adults, children, adolescents, and families. They will help facilitate the mission of FPA by empowering our clients in hope, health, and healing. Specific activities include:
Delivering Direct Service: Residents are encouraged to participate in a variety of direct service provision (i.e. psychological assessment, intake assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, treatment planning, multidisciplinary team staffing). Although residents are encouraged to individualize their own training to include different types of direct services, all residents are required to provide 15 or more hours of direct service each week. Typically, direct services involve the completion of at least 1 psychological assessment per week. Assessments are requested for a variety of reasons including diagnostic clarification/treatment planning, risk assessment, disability evaluations, court ordered evaluations, and psychoeducational evaluations for children and adults. Residents are encouraged to provide 10 hours of psychotherapy. This can include individual psychotherapy with adult and child clients with varying diagnoses and levels of severity, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other psychosocial/familial concerns. Group therapy opportunities are also available including Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Group Parent training Groups, Veteran/Trauma related groups, and opportunities to develop and lead a variety of other evidenced based groups. Residents are required to support and work with multidisciplinary staff in resolving client concerns and managing clinical emergencies.
Participating in Structured Learning: All residents are required to attend a weekly training seminar, open to all levels of trainees working at Florida Psychological. Seminars cover a variety of topics relevant to clinical work, including specific evidence-based practices (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, trauma-focused CBT) and components of quality psychotherapy (e.g., suicide risk assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning, assessing treatment response, assessing and managing low motivation and other obstacles in treatment, ethical and legal considerations, cultural diversity and sensitivity). This seminar primarily focuses on further developing residents’ competence and capability in the following competency domains: Ethical and Legal Standards, Integration of Science and Practice, Clinical Skills, Professionalism, Individual and Cultural Diversity.
Residents have opportunities to participate in other regularly provided group learning experiences in a weekly held Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training group, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy consultation group, a weekly group-supervision regarding working with children with severe EBD in schools, and a monthly mental health treatment in school training. Other opportunities for individualized didactics including additional training regarding supervision of others, career development, and more specific utilization of techniques (i.e. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy co-therapy).
Participating in Research: Residents can participate in research, either independently or in collaboration with existing projects. Because of the focus on learning and providing scientifically based treatment, all residents allotted a minimum of four hours per week for scholarly endeavors. This may include reviewing scholarly articles related to specific treatment, participating in ongoing research projects, analyzing or writing scientific articles, writing grants. Research at FPA primarily focuses on the integration of research and practice, community-based research, and screening for mental health treatment needs.
Providing Supervision: Because many psychologists regularly provide supervision to others, it is crucial postdoctoral residents have opportunities to learn and develop supervisor skills throughout their residency year. Residents will be able to pair with more junior psychology colleagues (e.g., practicum students, masters level counseling interns) and/or staff (e.g., behavioral technicians, psychometrists) at least one hour per week. All residents who take on this role will have dedicated time in their individual weekly supervision regarding their supervision efforts to ensure they are engaging in best practices.
Career/Professional Development: There are two major aspects of this learning experience. First, all residents are expected to sit for the written part of the national licensure examination (EPPP) during the first six months of the residency year, unless they have already done so. Second, throughout the second half of the year, postdoctoral residents will work with supervisors to develop timelines and planning for applying for jobs. Activities include exploring career opportunities, revising their CV, and honing interview skills.
Postdoctoral Psychology Resident Program
The overarching aims of FPA’s postdoctoral residency program are to prepare the resident to (1) function independently as competent and capable psychologists who engage in evidence-based assessment and treatment and (2) uphold the highest ethical and legal standards in their work and (3) serve as compassionate, culturally-responsive team members, community leaders, and advocates for mental health
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Training Sites & Other Training Support
Fernandina Beach: FPA’s primary location is in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Here the majority of outpatient mental health treatment occurs, postdoctoral offices, support staff, and supervisors are primarily located. All postdoctoral residents will be supported in their work through appointment, records, tech support, and billing as well as all other office staff, as well as by having access to a user-friendly and regularly updated HIPPA compliant Electronic Health records system.
Nassau County Schools: Through a contract with the Nassau County School Board (NCSB), FPA provides mental health treatment services to students with the highest emotional and behavioral needs. Staff have offices embedded with in school classrooms to integrated metal health treatment in their daily school activities. An annual summer camp is also held in coordination with the NCSB in which staff facilitate in-depth therapy experiences into community outings and group treatment experiences. Due to referrals provided through the school system, many clients are also seen in school, in home, or in the outpatient setting.
Callahan, Florida: To best meet the needs of our county, FPA established a satellite location in Callahan, Florida. This allows those in need more options for individuals in our county to receive needed services closer to home. Psychiatric care, psychological evaluation, and mental health therapy are services provided at this location.
Kingsland, Georgia: In order to help conveniently service those in the military community and families of those serving at Kings Bay Naval Station, this office was opened in January of 2020. At this location, psychiatric care, psychological evaluation, and mental health therapy is provided.
Telehealth Services: FPA has a history of providing services via telehealth. However, in response to the needed physical distancing recommendations related to the COVID-19 outbreak, all services are now able to be provided via telehealth. FPA has worked to implement the safest, most efficient and effective means of providing telehealth via this venue.
Other opportunities: A priority at FPA is to serve the clients in locations and ways that are most beneficial to them and work innovatively to break through barriers to mental health treatment. As such, many opportunities naturally arise to provide services to clients in community settings. This often results in provision of services through jails, in courts, in home setting, and in schools. Therapists are often creatively providing services wherever the clients need them.
Multidisciplinary Care: Because the services and training models at FPA include individuals within different disciplines, opportunities are regularly available to learn from providers outside of psychology, including mental health therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, speech/language pathologists, ABA providers, and others we partner with in our community.
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