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The Community Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship at The Centers for Families and Children & Circle Health Services (Formerly the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland)


About the Fellowship

Our mission is to expand excellence in nursing by providing psychiatric nurse practitioners a customized, postgraduate training experience in community mental health and enhance North East Ohio’s mental health care delivery system through workforce development. 

The Community Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner Fellowship is a customized postgraduate program grounded in nursing and focused on clinical skill building and successful role socialization into the PMHNP position. The transition year between graduate school and the first year of NP practice sets the stage for ongoing career success. This Psychiatric NP Fellowship is a postgraduate training program grounded in core nursing concepts, addressing transition gaps between academia and the workplace. 

This Fellowship seeks newly graduating psychiatric NPs with a desire to embed their ongoing work with the vulnerable and underserved populations in the North Eastern Ohio region.

About the Curriculum
NP Fellows work in the clinic setting receiving concurrent, competency based supervision provided by experienced psychiatric advanced practice nurses. Collaborative training with psychiatrists, psychiatry residents and clinical pharmacy is valued and utilized. Competency based mentoring focuses on expanding diagnostic skills, utilizing evidenced based psychopharmacology, the application of psychotherapy appropriate to the setting, and healthy socialization into the advanced practice role. Customized workshops and group supervision compliment the process-based training. 

About Circle Health Services & The Centers for Families and Children

As affiliated organizations, The Centers and Circle Health operate under a shared leadership structure as one, unified front moving towards a common goal: creating life changing solutions for people in Northeast Ohio to lead healthier and more successful lives. Together, the organizations are leading the way in providing an innovative and integrated model that coordinates health and wellness services, including primary care for children and adults, a specialized teen clinic, behavioral health care, addiction services, HIV treatment and an in-house pharmacy with family support programs, including early childhood development, job training and workplace and workforce development.

- We are known for high quality & positive patient experience

- We have a deep understanding of integrated model of care, helping those we serve connect to the holistic healthcare and services they need to live healthier lives

- We have a desire to serve the underserved, those often considered more challenging populations to serve and engage

We provide services other organizations will not, like the largest needle exchange program in Ohio, specialized trauma care, and comprehensive wellness services for people living with severe and persistent mental illness

Our team of 600 strong at 17 locations throughout Northeast Ohio serve more than 30,000 people each year. We all live and breathe the same values and mission – helping those who need it most access the care they need to live a healthy life. Will you join us?

Circle Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center with locations in high-need service areas. All of our sites are eligible for loan forgiveness programs through the National Health Service Corps.

Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio community is an incredible place to grow your career and make a real impact. Learn more about what we love about our hometown here.

Fellowship Director

Kate Proehl DNP, APRN, PMHCNS - BC
Director of Psychiatry, The Centers for Families and Children & Circle Health Services
Director, The Community Psychiatry NP Fellowship & Assistant Clinical Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry


Medical Consultant

Farah Munir, DO
Medical Director, The Centers for Families and Children & Circle Health Services
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine


Now accepting applicants for 2019 – 2020 cohort.

Eligibility & Application

Inquiries about the fellowship are welcome throughout the year. Candidates in their final academic year and considering application are encouraged to initiate contact with Kate Proehl at katherine.proehl@thecentersohio.org. Springtime graduates may submit applications January - April. December graduates may be considered for wintertime starts.

Eligible candidates must be prepared to achieve the following steps: 

1. ANCC Board Certification, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

2. Licensure to practice as an advanced practice nurse in the State of Ohio.