The practicum at the Simms/Mann –UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is an opportunity for graduate students in the field of psychology work to obtain interdisciplinary training in the clinical care of patients with cancer and their family members. Students will learn about the biological aspects of cancer, develop an understanding of the psychosocial impact on adult patients and family members throughout development, and appropriately learn to function in the role of mental health professionals in a medical setting. Specific skills learned include consultation in multidisciplinary medical clinics, patient advocacy and access to tangible resources, individual and group therapy, and exposure to interventions in multiple modalities such as psychology, social work, psychiatry, spiritual care and integrative medicine. Training consists of weekly didactic teachings, bimonthly case conferences, lectures, attendance in medical clinics and individual and group supervision. Practicum students will receive this training in an outpatient facility: The Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology in the 200 Medical Plaza Bldg Suite 502, and also in various oncology clinics within the Medical Center in Westwood and Santa Monica.
Current Position Openings
The Center offers 1-3 positions to advanced clinical students per year. Practicum students are required to spend 20-24 hours per week for a minimum of ten months or as prescribed by their program. The Center prefers students who will make a one year commitment to training. The Center will also consider other opportunities for students with a serious interest in psycho-oncology training on a case by case basis, including a two year training program.
Interns have a designated intern office at the Center with multiple computer and phone stations. Students also have access to clinicians’ offices and the Center conference room for therapy sessions. Additional laptop computers designated for intern use are also available.
All psychology doctoral practicum students receive weekly individual supervision from Dr. Valentina Ogaryan, who is a licensed clinical psychologist as well as the training director. In addition, practicum students receive direct observation and supervision from Dr. Kauser Ahmed, clinical psychologist and director of the Center, as well as Dr. Elizabeth Cleary, and other licensed oncology social workers who are on the staff. All practicum students are required to attend weekly didactics and clinical case conferences on Monday mornings from 9:00-12:00 am. Other days can be scheduled as students’ schedules permit.
Please note: This track covers parking for trainees while they are at UCLA.
Course work and/or prior training in diagnostic interviewing, CBT, and psychotherapy are required. A strong interest in health psychology, as well as prior experience in a medical setting is preferred.
Candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae , two letters of reference and a letter from the Training Director of the School attesting to the student’s qualifications, and evidence of professional liability coverage by the candidate’s program. Please submit all materials via email to Dr. Valentina Ogaryan at email@example.com. Deadlines for application for the 2022-2023 academic year will be Monday, December 20, 2021.