Medical Family Therapy Residency Program

The Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) invites applications for a pre-doctoral internship or post-doctoral fellowship position in our Medical Family Therapy Residency Program. This is the fourth year of this successful fellowship that emphasizes integrating medical family therapy principles into the busy SR-AHEC Family Medicine Center (FMC). 

The goal of this residency is to prepare behavioral health trainees to become leaders in integrated care and family systems-based behavioral science. As a medical family therapy resident, the candidate will work 40 hours per week within an integrated and interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals made up of family therapists, family physicians, and clinical pharmacists. This 12 month (July 1st – June 30th) position will involve the:

  • Provision of traditional psychotherapeutic services to the SR-AHEC FMC patient base for a wide range of mental health, behavioral health, and disease management issues.
  • Provision of same-day behavioral consultation to resident and faculty physicians within our integrated primary care family medicine center
  • Participation in a research project aimed at original research or improving quality of service model
  • Development of curriculum related to the Duke/SR-AHEC Family Medicine Residency program’s Behavioral Science and Integrated Care rotations
  • Teaching of family systems and behavioral science content within the Duke/SR-AHEC Family Medicine Residency and Clinical Pharmacy Residency programs
  • Training for a behavioral scientist faculty position in family medicine education

Ideal Candidates will have:

  • Expressed passion for integrated/collaborative care, graduate medical education, and family systems-based behavioral science
  • Prior research experience
  • Experience working in medical settings, collaborative/integrated practices, and/or graduate medical education
  • Full or provisional licensure as a mental health professional or the ability to obtain such licensure prior to beginning the residency program

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2015 with interviews in February, 2015 and the selection of a candidate by March, 2015. The residency start date for the 2015-2016 academic year will be 7/1/2015.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents by email, fax, or mail to Dr. Martin:

  1. A cover letter outlining their prior experience and interest in each of the aforementioned areas, current theory of change (2-3 paragraphs), and understanding of medical family therapy (2-3 paragraphs)
  2. An up to date curriculum vitae
  3. Three letters of reference from current or prior mentors, supervisors, employers, or professors

Matt Martin, PhD, LMFT
Director, Behavioral Medicine
Southern Regional AHEC
1601 Owen Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(o) (910)-678-7239
(f) (910)-678-0115

Information about Southern Regional AHEC and Fayetteville:

Established in 1974 and located in Fayetteville, NC, SR-AHEC is home to an allopathic (MD) Family Medicine residency affiliated with Duke University Medical Center, an osteopathic (DO) Family Medicine residency affiliated with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA, and a clinical pharmacist (PharmD) residency. These residency programs along with faculty provide integrated primary care services through SR-AHEC’s Family Medicine Center (FMC), which is currently designated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a level one patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

Testimonial of Past Medical Family Therapy Resident:

"I always imagined that an ideal internship would be in a psychiatric setting where I could apply systems thinking, practice brief behavioral interventions, and get a variety of experiences with different patient populations. However, working at SR-AHEC and being part of a primary care clinic experience has taught me much more about the value of family therapy and relational thinking of Medical Family Therapy. I have learned new skills, improved my clinical assessment and note writing, and expanded my case conceptualization. Collaborating with physicians, residents, and allied health care staff at SR-AHEC is very rewarding and exciting. Here, you are constantly exploring new territories of learning and experiences. I could not be in a better place to finish my doctoral work and take steps into a future in behavioral science/Medical Family Therapy" – Deepu George, Ph.D.