Program Information: Psychological Services (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1529
Program Type: Internship
Site: Coatesville VA Medical Center
Department: Psychological Services (116B)
Address: 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road
Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320-2096
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 40 miles west of Philadelphia
Phone: 610-384-7711x2232
Fax:
Email: justin.charles@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.coatesville.va.gov/careers/index.asp
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.coatesville.va.gov/careers/index.asp
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 2015
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Justin Charles
Chief Psychologist: Donald Dow
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 30
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2020
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28257.00
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:

Stipend ranges are values in US Dollars.

Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 Federal Holidays and 5 days of Approved Absence (not deducted from annual or sick leave) for attendance of conferences, postdoc/job interviews, and/or dissertation defense; 13 days of accrued annual leave/vacation.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns' daily activities will vary according to the clinical rotations they are pursuing. Activities may involve participating in multidisciplinary care teams, providing individual or group therapies, conducting assessments, attending didactics, and engaging in supervision, for example.
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: 11/01/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/01/2018
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants are notified by e-mail on or before 12-01-2019 regarding whether they will be invited to interview. There will be four predetermined interview dates in the month of January. A member of the psychology internship training committee will meet with each candidate individually for a 60-90 minute interview with opportunities for the candidate to ask questions. Candidates will also receive a facility tour, informal question-and-answer session, and lunch with current interns. A general group orientation/overview of the program with the Director of Training and the Assistant Director of Training is also provided, and supervisors of rotations each provide a brief description of training experiences available in their rotation. There is opportunity for interviewees to meet and greet many members of the training staff, as well as the directors of training throughout the interview day. While an in-person interview is preferred, a telephone interview may be arranged if an on-site interview is not feasible. 

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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: See: https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf61.pdf (Standard Form 61 for full text of oath)
Other Requirements: Background Check for Federal service
Program Description

We offer two tracks. Our APPIC Program Code Numbers are: General Internship (3 positions): 152911 Neuropsychology Internship (2 positions): 152912. The internship program uses a Practitioner-Scholar model, to give the intern a broad range of direct assessment and treatment experiences with a variety of patients, using current evaluative and intervention techniques. The 25 staff psychologists typically involved in intern training represent various theoretical orientations assuring a broad range of training experiences. The internship year consists of three 4-month rotations. For General Track interns, rotations are chosen from a number of elective options, enabling the intern to receive both general training experiences, as well as specialized training in a selected area or areas. For Neuropsychology Track interns, one half-time rotation will be in neuropsychological testing, and one full-time rotation will be in testing and cognitive rehabilitation. All interns, regardless of their training track, take one half-rotation in personality assessment/testing. The remainder of the training experience is selected by the intern from available rotations.

Several of the optional rotations are half-time, allowing the intern to gain experience in two optional areas. The current optional rotations include: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Unit (full time); Biofeedback Clinic (half time); Substance Abuse /SUD Outpatient (full time or half time); Geropsychology (full time); Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (half time); Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program/Outpatient Mental Health (half time); Program Administration (full time or half time); Primary Care Mental Health Integration (half time or full time), POWER Program (half time); SUD Domiciliary Program (halfe time); and Home-Based Primary Care (half time). Occasionally, one or more rotations may be unavailable due to organizational priorities.

No more than 50% of the total internship may be spent in any one area (1.5 rotations). In addition, all interns participate in skill-building seminars in testing/assessment; therapeutic interventions; ethics and professional development; and supervision skills [using a live, peer-consultation model].

Applicants should have experience in individual and group psychotherapy, and a solid working knowledge of personality testing, with experience in integrated report writing. Sample assessment reports must be submitted with the application (see brochure linked above).

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research:
Administration: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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.coatesville.va.gov/careers/index.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: 209 108 168
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 45 47 48
Total number of interns: 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 8 9 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 64 165 144
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: 4 4 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 3 0 3
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0
Other Medical Center: 0 2 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 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: 0 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: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0