Program Information: Mental Health Service Line

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1235
Program Type: Internship
Site: Atlanta VA Health Care System
Department: Mental Health Service Line
Address: 1670 Clairmont Road, MHSL (116)
Decatur, Georgia 30033
Country: United States
Metro Area: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
Distance from Major City: About 4 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta
Phone: 404-321-6111x204234
Fax: 404-327-4942
Email: andrea.burns@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.atlanta.va.gov/careers/Psychology_Training.asp
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.atlanta.va.gov/careers/Psychology_Training.asp
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 1985
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Andrea Burns
Chief Psychologist: Michael Martin
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 100
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/03/2020
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27477
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:

Stipend ranges are values in US Dollars.

Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 federal holidays; personal and professional leave
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns work the required 8-hour federal business day (usually 8am-4:30pm). Interns may spend additional time after hours completing documentation, writing reports, and on other administrative tasks. During the workday interns spend the majority of their time engaged in direct clinical service activities, with additional time allotted for supervision, treatment team meetings, and didactics.
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: 01/01/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/13/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

All applicants will be notified of their interview status by 12/13/19. Applicants are notified by e-mail at the address provided in the AAPI. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to occur on four consecutive dates from Monday 1/13/20 through Thursday 1/16/20. All interviews must be in person at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Invited applicants will receive an overview of the training program from the Directors of Training and select members of the training staff, will have a brief meet-and-greet opportunity with staff members, will spend extensive time with the current intern class, and will participate in approximately 6 individual, 30-minute interviews with members of the training staff. Interview days last from 8:00am to approximately 3:30pm Eastern time. Phone/Skype interviews are not permitted except under extraordinary circumstances. Applicants are not guaranteed to interview with any particular staff member and requests are not accepted.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: 2019-2020 Duquesne University Georgia State University Miami University The University of Memphis University of Indianapolis University of Mississippi 2018-2019 Howard University Kent State University Northern Illinois University Nova Southeastern University University of Houston University of Kentucky University of Miami 2017-2018 Catholic University of America Pacific Graduate School of Psychology University of Akron University of Louisville University of Maryland at College Park Wright Institute
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: 500
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 Not 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: 1.U.S. citizenship. VA is unable to consider applications from anyone who is not currently a U.S. citizen. Verification of citizenship is required following selection. All interns and fellows must complete a Certification of Citizenship in the United States prior to beginning VA training. To comply with federal and VA rules and provide interns with liability protection, a current and valid Affiliation Agreement between VA and the sponsoring doctoral program must be on file before the intern can be appointed. Most APA-approved doctoral programs already have an agreement on file. More information is available at http://www.va.gov/oaa/agreements.asp (see section on psychology internships). 2.A male applicant born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26 to be eligible for any US government employment, including selection as a paid VA trainee. Male applicants must sign a pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they can be processed into a training program. Exceptions can be granted only by the US Office of Personnel Management; exceptions are very rarely granted. 3.Interns and Fellows are subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Match result and selection decisions are contingent on passing these screens. 4.VA training occurs in a health care setting. Some of the patients served by VA are elderly or infirm, and could succumb to common illnesses like influenza. It is important to be able to document that your vaccinations are up to date and that you have been screened for active tuberculosis prior to starting your training at VA or other hospitals. Securing a statement from university student health center, your regular health provider, or an urgent care clinic can expedite your appointment. Additionally, maintaining a current flu vaccination during the training year (or taking additional preventative measures to limit patient exposure to the flu) will be required. Please discuss this with the program training director after you have matched and well before to your start date to facilitate your onboarding. Internship applicants also must meet these criteria to be considered for any VA Psychology Internship Program: 1.Doctoral student in good standing at an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined psychology or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited program in Clinical Science. Persons with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for respecialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible. 2.Approved for internship status by graduate program training director.
Program Description

The psychology doctoral internship program at the Atlanta VA promotes the development of generalist skills across the profession-wide competency areas defined by APA. These skills and competencies include psychological assessment, psychodiagnosis, individual and group intervention skills, consultation, ethics, and assumption of a professional role. Emphasis is placed on learning the most current philosophical and technical approaches backed by empirical research and current professional standards. All training rotations provide ample opportunities for supervised direct clinical experience. All supervisors provide individualized evaluation and feedback on clinical skills and the intern's professional growth as it occurs within a clinical setting. Please see our online brochure at http://www.atlanta.va.gov/careers/Psychology_Training.asp for more information.

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: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Veterans

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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.atlanta.va.gov/careers/Psychology_Training.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: 147 149 193
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 47 52 57
Total number of interns: 6 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 6 6
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 5 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 5 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 30 47
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 6 6
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 3 3
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 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 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 1 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0