Program Information: Psychology - Mental Health Service Line

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1248
Program Type: Internship
Site: VA Central Iowa Healthcare System
Department: Psychology - Mental Health Service Line
Address: 3600 30th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 135 miles east of Omaha, NE
Phone: 515-699-5999x4019
Fax:
Email: amanda.collins4@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.centraliowa.va.gov/services/Psychology_Internship_Program.asp
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 2009
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Amanda Collins
Chief Psychologist: John Junginger
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 20
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 06/22/2020
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits:
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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: 11/15/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/16/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/14/2021
Interview process description:

On-site interviews are held on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays in January. Interview days are generally one day in length and start around 9:00am and finish around 4:00pm, although this may vary slightly depending upon each year's specific schedule. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via e-mail and will be asked to select one of the two interview dates available.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Iowa Iowa State University University of Missouri - Kansas City Clinical Psychology Program, University of Iowa Clinical Psychology Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Clinical Psychology Program, Ohio State University Clinical Psychology Program, University of Kansas Clinical Psychology Program, Seattle Pacific University Clinical Psychology Program, Notre Dame Clinical Psychology Program
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 200
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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 Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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:
Program Description

Our on-line Internship Brochure is available at: http://www.centraliowa.va.gov/services/Psychology_Internship_Program.asp.  It contains additional program information, such as examples of the rotations that either are currently offered or are planned for the coming internship year.  If additional information is desired after reviewing the Brochure, our Internship Program Manual is available in electronic format upon request.  The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (our last site visit was completed in October 2019). 

We emphasize and promote diversity.  Psychology at VA Central Iowa has an active program of minority recruitment and solicits applications from minorities and other historically disadvantaged groups, such as those with physical challenges.  Consequently, students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., ethnicity/race, lifestyle, disability) are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking:
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

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 http://www.centraliowa.va.gov/services/Psychology_Internship_Program.asp 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: 49 32
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 21 20
Total number of interns: 3 4 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 4 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 4 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 15 130
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 2 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 1 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 2 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 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 0 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 0
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