About our Program

The Community Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner Fellowship is a customized, postgraduate program, grounded in nursing, 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 our 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.

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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 ANCC Board Certification, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & licensure to practice as an advanced practice nurse in the State of Ohio.

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 Corp

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

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