Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Training Sites

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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

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Located in the Texas Medical Center, MEDVAMC is one of the largest facilities in the VA Medical Center system. A state-of-the-art facility on a 118-acre campus, MEDVAMC has 359 acute-care beds, a 40-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, and a 141-bed Community Living Center for long-term care. There is also a 40-bed domiciliary residence for homeless veterans. In fiscal year 2008, MEDVAMC served more than 130,000 veterans in the southeast Texas region. Medical, psychiatric and emergency staff are available 24-hours a day, and there are readily accessible general and psychiatric emergency room services. Of note, research conducted at MEDVAMC is supported with more than $26.8 million annually, and currently there are over 640 active research projects taking place.

The MEDVAMC substance abuse program offers a full continuum of care to include inpatient and outpatient detoxification, partial hospitalization, low intensity treatment, a methadone/buprenorphine program, case management, social support services, vocational counseling, and medical and psychiatric care.

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The Menninger Clinic

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Located less than seven miles away from the primary training site, the Menninger Clinic is an established leader in psychiatric clinical care, education, and research. A 126-bed facility, the Menninger Clinic provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment and long-term inpatient psychiatric care for a wide range of issues including drug/alcohol addiction, psychiatric illness and co-occurring disorders, disruptive behavior in the workplace, career stress and burnout, and eating disorders.

Treatment modalities utilized at the Menninger Clinic include milieu therapy, pharmacotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy (individual & group), mentalization-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, psychosocial rehabilitation, family therapy, 12- step self-help models, relapse prevention, addiction counseling, nutritional counseling, spiritual counseling, recreational therapy, and psychoeducation. Core faculty for the rotation will consist of two full-time psychiatrists and one clinical social worker with added certification in addictions counseling. Additional program-specific faculty (psychiatry, psychology, social work, and other disciplines) will participate throughout the course of the rotation.