Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2461
Program Type: Internship
Site: VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
Department: Psychology
Address: 1310 24th Avenue South
116B
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Nashville/Murfreesboro TN
Phone: 615-225-2957
Fax:
Email: erica.white5@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.tennesseevalley.va.gov/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.tennesseevalley.va.gov/careers/PsychologyTraining.asp
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 09/04/2017
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Erica White
Chief Psychologist: Erin Patel
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 53
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: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26166
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
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: 11/01/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/13/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Review of applications will begin immediately following the November 1, 2019 deadline.  A subcommittee comprised of DOT, ADOTs, and additional psychology supervisors involved in Intern training will be formed to review applicant files, identify candidates for interviews, conduct interviews, and identify top candidates for each position.   Applicants are interviewed in person at TVHS.  Interviews are conducted on site at both main campuses and applicants interview with multiple supervisors throughout the interview day.  When interviews are completed, a rank-ordered list of applicants is compiled.  Applicants not deemed to be a good fit with the internship program are not included in the ranking.  The TVHS Internship Program will participate in the APPIC Phase I and Phase II matching process. 

Interview dates for the 2020 recruitment cycle will be 12/6/2018, 12/12/2018, 12/19/2018, 1/7/2020. 

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 Southern Mississippi Southern Methodist University University of Texas at Austin University of Alabama at Birmingham Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology Loma Linda University University of Maryland University of South Carolina Vanderbilt University San Diego State University Pacific University University of South Alabama Nova Southeastern University Saint Louis University The Chicago School of Professional Psychology University of Houston William James University Carlos Albizu University-Miami
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 application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 550
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 550
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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

The aim of this pre-doctoral internship program is to provide generalist training that will prepare interns to work as entry level or early career psychologists or fellows within a variety of clinical settings in the VA healthcare system. There are two separate tracks - General and Neuropsychology.

VA TVHS interns will have specific clinical experiences and didactics to prepare them for a career in a VA healthcare system. Interns will have the opportunity to work in VA specific clinical settings, such as Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Programs (BHIP), and the Veterans Recovery Center (VRC); while similar models of care may be available in the community, these specific models have been developed especially for the VA and are relatively consistent across VA systems.  Additionally, VA TVHS interns will participate in didactics which are focused on VA recognized Evidence Based Psychotherapies (EBPs), VA practice guidelines, and leadership potential within the VA healthcare system.  Supervisors will be working from the lens of preparing future VA psychologists when evaluating interns on the specific objectives on the VA TVHS Psychology Internship Evaluation Form.  Other rotations include PTSD, Pain Psychology, Transplant Psychology, and Inpatient Psychiatry, all of which provide the intern with exposure to patient populations that are typically encountered in the VA healthcare system.  Additionally, VA TVHS interns will participate in didactics which are focused on VA recognized Evidence Based Psychotherapies (EBPs), VA practice guidelines, and leadership potential within the VA healthcare system.  Neuropsychology track interns will also receive specialized training in neuropsychology, through participation in the Neuropsychology rotation, as well as neuropsychology-specific didactic offerings. Individuals completing the Neuropsychology track will be well prepared for formal 2-year post-doctoral fellowships and ABPP Certification in Neuropsychology moving forward. Supervisors will be working from the lens of preparing future VA psychologists when evaluating interns on the specific objectives in the VA TVHS Psychology Internship Evaluation Form. 

 

 

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:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 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:
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: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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 https://www.tennesseevalley.va.gov/ 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: 247 115 111
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 148 59 57
Total number of interns: 14 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 14 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 10 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 10 5 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 4 1 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 61 60 156
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: 5 6 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 3 1
Military Medical Center: 0 1 0
Private General Hospital: 4 1 1
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 1
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 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0