Site Name: VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
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.
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.
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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.