Program Information: Psychology Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1220
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Miami VA Healthcare System*
Department: Psychology Service
Address: 1201 N. W. 16th St.
116B
Miami, Florida 33125-1693
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
Distance from Major City: Within Miami, FL
Phone: 305-575-7000x13215
Fax:
Email: laura.weinberg@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.miami.va.gov/newemployees/Psychology_Education_Program.asp
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.miami.va.gov/newemployees/Psychology_Education_Program.asp
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 1990
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Laura Weinberg
Chief Psychologist: Julie Ruddy
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 36
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 10
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27924
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Public Transportation Benefit
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns spend their 8 hour 'tour of duty' engaged in a variety of training activities including rotation-related face-to-face clinical service delivery, scheduled supervision, team meetings, consultation with other professionals, didactics, case conferences, psychotherapy clinic contacts, assessment, diversity training activities, and administrative tasks.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/06/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/21/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/11/2021
Interview process description:

Applicants are informed by mid-December whether or not they are a "finalist" and invited for an individual interview. On site interviews WILL NOT be offered at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interviews will be conducted through a VIRTUAL FORMAT ONLY. This may include video or phone modality. Interviews are typically conducted during the month of January and will include a series of individual and/or panel interviews with the Training Director, supervising staff in chosen emphasis area, and current trainees. Requests to meet virutally with specific staff are welcome.

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 Miami, Nova Southeastern University, Albizu University, University of Florida, University of South Florida, Indiana State University, Alabama State University, Argosy, Roosevelt University, Xavier University, and more
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
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 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: https://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/docs/Trainee-Eligibility.pdf
Program Description

The Program emphasizes scientifically-minded psychologists/practice. The Program believes that a scientific approach to psychological practice is a critical core competency for all psychologists and serves to distinguish psychologists from other health-care professionals. The Program aims to produce competent, scientifically-minded graduates who demonstrate the profession-wide competencies commensurate with qualified clinicians working in health services settings. It provides an integrated skills training and educational approach based on the scientist-practitioner model resulting in the development of competent, proficient, skilled psychologists serving the needs of our veterans and military patients. Interns are expected to achieve competencies in professionalism, assessment/evaluation /conceptualization skills, communication/interpersonal skills, intervention skills, scientific thinking and research skills, education, teaching and supervision skills, diversity and consultation/interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. Emphasis is placed on learning the most current techniques and philosophies that are backed by empirical research and recognized as current professional standards. Intern applicants select an area of training focus among Health Psychology (3 positions), Geropsychology (2 positions), Neuropsychology (1 position), Psychiatry-General (2 positions), Psychiatry- Recovery and Rehabilitation (1 position), or Forensic-VJO (1 position) emphases, and they are interviewed and matched accordingly. The major focus of the internship is on developing clinical skills associated with Health Service Psychology. All training rotations provide ample opportunities for direct clinical experience within emphasis areas. Intern training activities also include Seminar Series, Case Conferences, Intern Research Colloquia, Diversity and Multicultural activities, Group Supervision, and supervision provision. Interns are required to complete a minimum of 6 comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessment batteries and carry a caseload of 2 to 3 General Psychotherapy Clinic referrals (this is in addition to rotational activities) per week during the training year. Intern activities related to professional development are also supported by leadership and authorized absences are approved on a limited basis for attendance to VA-related conferences or interviews.

*COVID-19: Please note that the program handbook is in the process of being revised. Additionally, given the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of our committment to the well-being of both Veterans and trainees, training plans are subject to change according to guidance from local leadership. For example, at this time, many trainees are engaging in the provision of telehealth services from home. Additionally, for any face to face activities, trainees and staff are provided with appropriate PPE and instruction in safety procedures, including physical distancing; COVID-19 PPE available includes gloves, masks, and face shields. Please email us if you have any additional questions.

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

Experience

Health Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Other:

Interns receive emphasis training in one of the following areas:

- Health Psychology

- Geropsychology

- Neuropsychology

- Psychiatry

- Psychiatry, Mental Health Integration/Recovery & Rehabilitation

- Forensic (Veterans Justice Outreach)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: http://www.miami.va.gov/newemployees/Psychology_Education_Program.asp  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of Completed Applications: 170 196 146 156
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 89 72 79
Total number of interns: 10 10 10 10
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 10 10 10 10
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 2 4 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 8 6 7
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 10 9 8 9
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 3 3 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 35 45 132 111
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 10 9 10 9
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 4 0 7 5
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 2 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 2
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 1 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 1 1
Research Position: 3 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0