Seattle Children’s Psychiatric Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship
Welcome to the Seattle Children’s Psychiatric Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship! Our mission is to provide board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants the post-graduate degree education, training, and skills they need to become successful and confident Psychiatric APPs. Our fellowship is a 12-month clinical and didactic training program with cohorts currently starting once per year.
Transform the delivery of pediatric mental health care in Washington State through the expansion and development of expert Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to meet the complex needs and improve the outcomes of the acute and chronically ill child and adolescent mental health population.
- Provide advanced training for the novice Psychiatric APP in order to achieve confidence, mastery and competency in all domains of full scope of practice to care for children and adolescents with highly complex acute and chronic mental health disorders.
- Grow our future Psychiatric APP workforce to increase access to pediatric behavioral health services and improve quality care outcomes.
- Improve retention of Psychiatric APPs in organizations that provide care to the most vulnerable populations.
- Promote an environment of respect, support and collaboration.
- Develop advanced assessment and diagnostic skills necessary to treat children and adolescents with complex acute and chronic mental health disorders.
- Investigate and integrate evidence-based care into clinical practice.
- Receive advanced psychopharmacology training to gain expertise in medication management of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.
- Cultivate clinical leadership skills to lead multidisciplinary teams.
Prior to matriculation into the Psychiatric Fellowship Program, the APP applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Master’s Degree and/or Doctorate of Nursing Practice
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification (PMHNP-BC™)
- Physician Assistant-certified
All fellows spend the first two weeks in Boot Camp. Boot Camp is a period of intensive orientation to the practice environments at Seattle Children’s and with community-based partners. During Boot Camp, fellows will learn about the fellowship program structure and be introduced to the core competencies they are expected to achieve over the course of their training. They will also begin shadowing specific roles to help them orient to hospital and community based mental health care and services.
Psych APP fellows will spend the first three months engaged in foundational learning on the PBMU. Psych APP fellows will then spend the next six months in a hybrid learning environment providing direct patient care in both inpatient, outpatient, and community-based settings with supervision and mentorship. During the final three months, Psych APP fellows will practice on the PBMU with increasing independence.
Didactic sessions are held twice monthly during the first 9 months of the year. Didactic sessions will focus on developing core competencies and learning will be presented using a variety of modalities including self-study, journal clubs, case presentations, and lectures delivered by a variety of disciplines across multiple specialty areas. In addition, because Seattle Children’s is a teaching hospital, there will be multiple additional learning activities that fellows will be able to access throughout the course of the year (e.g., Psychiatry Grand Rounds). There will also be intentional learning focused on building resilience and self-care as well as learnings to understand and promote cultural humility and health equity.
- Fellowship Director: Lindsey Miller, MN, BC-PMHN
- Fellowship Supervisor: Jeovana Oshan, BC-PMHNP
- Fellowship Faculty Lead: Melissa Jensen, MN, BC-PMHNP
University of Washington
Washington State University
Yale School of Nursing
Applications for the September 2022 Psychiatric APP Fellowship cohort is currently closed. Please continue to check-back for information about future application cycles.