Program Information: Mental Health Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1269
Program Type: Internship
Site: VA Illiana Health Care System
Department: Mental Health Service
Address: Psychology Training Program
1900 E. Main Street (116)
Danville, Illinois 61832-5198
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 125 m S of Chicago, 90 m NW of Indy, 205 m NE of St. Louis
Phone: 217-554-5193
Fax: 217-554-4815
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 1972
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Tressa Crook Psy.D.
Chief Psychologist: Steven O'Connell Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 18
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/20/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26166
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): up to 250 hours of on-station dissertation time
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site This varies by placement.
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: 11/15/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2019
Interview process description:

Our top applicants will be invited via email for an on-site interview to take place on either Monday, January 6; Friday, January 17; Tuesday, January 21; or Friday, January 24. If an on-site interview is not possible, a telephone or possibly a V-Tel interview will be offered on Monday, January 27.

Applicants will participate in a 45-to-60-minute individual interview with two psychologists from our training staff; a one-hour tour (or phone call) with at least one of our current interns, allowing applicants to relax and get to know our training program from an intern perspective; and a meeting with the Training Director. On the four in-person interview dates, our psychology staff will also give a brief description of each of our placement options, there will be opportunity to meet with our staff psychologists/potential supervisors, and a light lunch will be offered during the 4-to 4 1/2 hour visit. 








How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Eastern Kentucky University, Clinical, Psy.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, Clinical, Ph.D. California Lutheran University, Clinical, Psy.D. Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Chicago Campus, Clinical, Psy.D. Florida School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University, Clinical, Psy.D. Palo Alto University, Clinical, Ph.D. Adler University - Chicago, Clinical, Psy.D. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Counseling, Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University, Clinical, Psy.D. Wichita State University, Clinical, Ph.D. Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, Clinical, Ph.D. Chicago School of Psychology-Chicago Campus, Clinical, Psy.D. University of Hartford, Clinical, Psy.D. Purdue University, Counseling, Ph.D. University of Akron, Counseling, Ph.D. Arizona School of Professional Psychology (Argosy-Phoenix), Clinical, Psy.D. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, Clinical, Ph.D. Western Michigan University, Counseling, Ph.D. Ball State University, Counseling, Ph.D. University of North Texas, Clinical Ph.D. University of Memphis, Counseling Ph.D. Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psy.D. Florida Institute of Technology, Clinical Psy.D. Pacific University School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psy.D. University of Kansas, Clinical Ph.D. Loma Linda University, Clinical Ph.D. Illinois Institute of Technology, Clinical Ph.D. University of Saint Thomas, Counseling, Psy.D. University of Indianapolis, Clinical Psy.D. Xavier University, Clinical Psy.D. Spalding University, Louisville, Clinical Psy.D. University of Indianapolis, IN, Clinical Psy.D. University of South Florida, FL, Clinical Ph.D.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
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 Accepted
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: Applicants must submit a sample therapy case and a sample assessment report (if applying for the neuropsychology track, the report should be a sample neuropsychological assessment report). Must have a minimum of 2 WAIS or WISC administrations with scoring, 2 MMPI-2/MMPI-2-RF/MCMI/PAI administrations with scoring, and 2 integrated reports to receive an invitation for an interview.
Program Description

Our Psychology Training Program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association for internship training, has the goal of assisting interns in the development of the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to function as professional psychologists. Ours is a practitioner/scientist program in that the emphasis is placed upon the various supervised activities an intern might perform. That is, patient care activities, such as assessment and intervention, are typically given a higher priority than more academic pursuits, such as research and teaching. This is not because we devalue the latter; rather, it is because we perceive our site better suited to providing training in patient care functions. With this bias, we look forward to helping interns integrate these areas of training so that each can inform and reinforce the other. The primary method used to achieve this goal is based on the tutorial-apprenticeship model. Interns are assigned primary supervisors from members of the Psychology Training Staff and participate directly in the work of their primary supervisor. While it is possible to sketch the general character of the intern's involvement, the exact nature of the experience depends upon the supervisor-intern mix, for we try to individualize training as much as possible and use our resources to meet unique needs. In achieving individualized training objectives, our program requires that each intern demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level of professional psychological skills, abilities, proficiencies, competencies and knowledge in the areas of: a) theories/methods of assessment/diagnosis and effective treatments/interventions; b) theories/methods of consultation, evaluation, and supervision; c) strategies of scholarly inquiry; and d) issues of cultural/individual diversity relevant to the above. The Committee on Accreditation and Program Consultation can be contacted at 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; (202) 336-5979.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: TeleMental Health


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:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: 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%)

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 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: 47 53 54
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 36 32 34
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: 3 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 2 16
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 52 29 39
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: 4 5 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 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