VCU Internal Medicine Training Program
The Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD)
This is a reminder about an excellent mental health resource available to us through the VCU Dept of Psychology: The Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD) . Dr. Lettie Flores spoke about this at a housestaff meeting this past winter. CPSD is staffed by upper level graduate students in the departments of clinical and counseling psychology, supervised by faculty. Consider referral for mood issues, anxiety, behavioral medicine (coping with diagnoses, implementing lifestyle change), bereavement, to name a few.
In addition, CPSD has specialty clinics for:
- Major depression
- Latino mental health (Spanish-speaking counselors)
- Your patient must contact CPSD themselves: the phone number is (804) 828-8069 and instruct them to leave a message and someone will call them back.
- Available to individuals, couples, or families
-Located at 612 N. Lombardy St . (at W. Broad, near VCU)
Cost: Intake session = $20 for all. Subsequent sessions: sliding scale system ($5 and up, established up front).
The above information and other opportunities can be found on ERIC.
CPSD also has its own website with an online application (for your savvier patients).
Counseling services focused on coping with chronic illness (diabetes) and health behavior change
What this is:
- Staffed by 4 providers (Dr. Rybarczyk PhD and three PhD students)
- Held every Tuesday afternoon
- 45 minute appointments with the possibility of developing group education classes.
What do you have to do:
- Identify patients that you think could benefit from this program (anyone with type 2 DM)
- Let the Psychology students (who will be present in the ACC clinic) know you have a referral
What the patients have to do:
- Patients will fill out an 8 question screening questionnaire during check-in/vital signs (nursing should not fill this out with them)
- if we identify a pt as a possibly candidate then the Psych student will then spend 10 minutes or less introducing the program and inviting the patient to participate (they will finish before the resident is ready to wrap up with the patient)
- if the patient is agreeable, the psych student will schedule them for 1-3 intervention sessions.
This is an exciting and important service for our patients and potentially a great educational opportunity for the residents!! This clinic has already started to meet and enroll patients so please refer anyone with diabetes that you think would benefit from counseling.