Developing a program to increase geropsychology competencies of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) psychologists
This article published in Gerontology & Geriatrics Education describes how health policy experts called for increasing geriatric mental health competencies for all mental health providers, including within Veterans Health Administration (VHA), to address the alarming supply and demand gap for geropsychology expertise within the United States. The VHA Geriatrics Scholar Program (GSP) Psychology Track was developed because there were no commercially available trainings in geropsychology for licensed psychologists. Developing the GSP Psychology Track was based on an evidence-based educational model for the VHA primary care workforce; and included a stepwise curriculum design, pilot implementation, and program evaluation. This program was associated with reports of increased confidence in geropsychology competencies and self-reported implementation of geropsychology knowledge, indicating the potential for this educational model to improve mental health care for older Veterans. The full article can be accessed with an OpenAthens account through your institution or with a Taylor & Francis Online account.