Program Information: Mental Health Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1105
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Department: Mental Health Service
Address: 2200 Fort Roots Drive (116B/NLR)
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Located in Little Rock, Arkansas
Phone: 501-257-4959
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 01/01/2002
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Courtney Ghormley
Chief Psychologist: Scott Meit
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 35
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/20/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26166
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Release time to attend conferences up to five days per training year.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Tour of duty is 8:00AM to 4:30PM, Monday-Friday. Trainees DO NOT work more than 40 hours per week. Trainees receive no less than 2 hours of face-to-face, individual supervision with a licensed psychologist every week.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/05/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/02/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/13/2020
Interview process description:

In-person interviews are preferred and will be conducted by invitation only. All applicants will be notified by December 2, 2019 as to whether they are invited to interview. If invited to interview, specific details about the interview process will be provided at that time. The cutoff date for invited applicants to confirm an interview is December 6, 2019. Unconfirmed slots will be offered to waitlisted candidates. Our program typically interviews 40-50 applicants. On-site interviews will be conducted Monday-Friday, January 13-17, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 250
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Please refer to our program's website and brochure for a comprehensive list of application and selection eligibility requirements.
Program Description

The CAVHS Psychology Internship Program provides a generalist training experience. All interns, regardless of specialty interests, are expected to learn and demonstrate the basic skills required of a beginning psychologist, primarily in the areas of assessment, intervention, consultation, and professional development. Our program focuses on supervised clinical training and features tracks with emphasis areas in general psychology, health psychology, and neuropsychology. All tracks provide vigorous training in evidence-based practices and promote recovery-oriented, veteran-centered care.


Our program is built on a practitioner-scholar model of training. The program emphasizes, in all aspects of its training, that the best practice must be solidly based in science. The important hands-on experiential aspects of internship training are grounded in the scientific literature, and our interns are challenged to systematically measure their assessment and intervention practices against an established knowledge base. All rotation supervisors emphasize the importance of consulting the scientific literature when working with a new patient population, intervention, or assessment tool.


The overall aim of our program is to ensure that interns acquire a broad range of the professional skills necessary to function effectively as psychologists in a variety of multidisciplinary healthcare settings, specifically the Veterans Healthcare Administration as well as other complex medical centers. Furthermore, those interns who choose careers in other areas of practice such as academia, research, and administration can be confident that this internship will have significantly contributed to their professional goals. In addition to its overall aim, the Psychology Internship Program has two specific aims:

    1. To train psychologists in the delivery of quality, recovery-oriented healthcare
    2. To train psychologists to appreciate the unique needs of the veteran population and in the provision of veteran-centered care


Our training program is a generalist internship ensuring that each intern develops the basic skills necessary for the practice of psychology. All interns will be expected to demonstrate minimum competency in multiple modalities of treatment, including therapy with individuals and groups; evidence-based protocols (EBPs); and psychometrics. However, while these basic skills are expected of all interns, the program also supports early development of specialty interest in addition to the generalist philosophy. For this reason, our program offers training in two emphasis tracks (i.e., Health Psychology and Neuropsychology). Please note that, because we are a generalist psychology internship program, interns can spend no more than 50% of their time on rotations within one specialty track (i.e., Health Psychology or Neuropsychology). Specific learning opportunities will vary depending on the track for which the intern is chosen as well as the individual’s interests, training needs, and program requirements. During the first week of orientation, the Director of Training and Assistant Directors of Training will work collaboratively with each intern to develop a course of internship training, which will meet the intern's needs and interests.


The CAVHS Psychology Internship Program is committed to promoting awareness of, and respect for, cultural and individual diversity with the goal of preparing interns to become culturally-competent providers of mental health care. To achieve this goal, we integrate training on diversity and related factors throughout the internship year and work to create an inclusive environment where individuals of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We consider diversity as including various cultures, values, and experiences of trainees and faculty as well as different theoretical models, research paradigms, and ways of professional practice. Our training program incorporates multiculturalism, recovery-oriented approaches, and a biopsychosocial emphasis to ensure that diversity is fully integrated in the training experience. Intern applicants from diverse groups who are underrepresented in psychology are highly encouraged to apply.



Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Veterans

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 124 66 93
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 37 30
Total number of interns: 8 7 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 7 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 7 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 12
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 64 52
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 6 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 6 4 4
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 2 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0