Program Information: Psychology Section, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1198
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Department: Psychology Section, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service
Address: 116B Psychology Internship Training Program
P.O. Box 5005
Bay Pines, Florida 33744
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Distance from Major City: Tampa ~30 miles; St Petersburg ~5 miles
Phone: 727-398-6661x14678
Fax: 727-398-9515
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Psychology Department
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 1980
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Zoe Proctor-Weber PsyD, PhD
Chief Psychologist: Ronald Braasch
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 68
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: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26166
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, 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 Interns are assigned to their clinical rotations for approximately 32 hours per week. Clinical time includes individual supervision, face-to-face group and individual work with Veterans, Interdisciplinary team meetings, case conferences and administrative (report writing, documentation, assigned readings). On Fridays, Interns engage in educational didactics/seminars, research, multicultural and clinical supervision training, group supervision with the TD and peer supervision activities.
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: 11/03/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/09/2018
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2019
Interview process description:

BPVAHCS Internship Application and Interview Process

Third or fourth year graduate students in APA approved clinical or counseling doctoral psychology training programs who are interested in applying for an internship position in our program should follow the online Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) application instructions.

Your online AAPI application package must be complete and should include: a Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness completed by your University Director of Clinical Training, all official graduate transcript(s), three letters of reference from faculty members or practicum supervisors who know you and your work well, a cover letter, and a curriculum vitae. You may ask to be considered (ranked) in more than one program/track. 

            ___ General Psychology    ___ Neuropsychology

The cover letter should clearly state your preference for General Psychology or Neuropsychology emphasis training.

Complete application packets must be received by us by November, 3 of the current year for consideration for internship appointment beginning the following July. Individual interviews will be conducted by invitation only, following initial evaluation of application materials. Applicants invited for interviews will be notified by December 9, and an interview date scheduled on either January 9 or 16. Interview days start with a half day introduction to our program, staff members and training opportunities. This is followed by lunch with the current internship cohort. The afternoon is organized into individual interviews with 2 Training Committee members and a tour of the facility. Although in person interviews are offered, candidates may opt for video tele-conference or phone interviews as well.

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 South Florida, Ohio State University, Auburn University, Florida Institute of Technology, Drexel University, University of South Carolina, Texas Tech. University, the University of Minnesota, Adelphi University, University of Mississippi, the Virginia Consortium, University of Florida, Georgia State University, University of California, Santa Barbara, Hahnemann University, Ohio University, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Georgia, Penn State University, Indiana State University, University of South Dakota and Wright State University, University of Louisville, University of Miami, University of Missouri - St Louis, Argosy University, Atlanta, Argosy University - Washington, DC., Loma Linda University, University of Texas at Austin, Lehigh University, LaSalle University - PA, Regent University - Virginia Beach, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA, Emory University, University of Tulsa, University of Indianapolis, University of Mississippi, Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, University of Houston, Virginia Commonwealth University, Spalding University, Wright Institute, University of Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Fuller Theological Seminary and NOVA Southeastern University; Southern Methodist University; Central Michigan University; Idaho State University; Spalding University; William James College; University of So. Alabama; Northern Illinois University; Rosalin Franklin; Chestnut Hill College; Northern Illinois University, Long Island University, Adler University, Yeshiva University - Ferkauf
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 start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 300
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
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: Please see online brochure for all other requirements
Program Description

The fundamental aim of our program is to develop competent health service Psychologists who are ready to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level staff Psychologist at the VA-equivalent GS-11 level or advanced practice Postdoctoral Residency position. This Internship experience provides training to obtain competence in patient-centered practices as well as the 9 core areas of health service Psychology practice as outlined in the Standards of Accreditation from APA’s Commission of Accreditation. The program adheres to a Scholar-Practitioner model. The training of new psychologists is regarded as a serious responsibility by our staff with significant investment of time and energy in all facets of the Training Program. 


The didactic and clinical experiences of this program are designed to facilitate the professional attitudes, competencies and personal resources essential to the provision of high quality patient care of contemporary psychological services. As mentors, the staff seeks to demonstrate and encourage Intern participation in the professional roles of clinician, consultant, team member, supervisor, evaluator, researcher and crisis intervener. The professional growth and development of Interns is enhanced by consistent supervision, varied clinical responsibilities with diverse patient populations, continued didactic training and opportunity for research, teaching and administrative/management involvement.

The Internship year is divided into four major rotations of 3 months each. We offer both a General Psychology and Neuropsychology emphasis track. With Training Committee approval, Interns are encouraged to select 4 rotations from the various rotations offered in order to meet their individual interests and training goals. Neuropsychology emphasis trainees are encouraged to consider a double rotation within the Neuropsychology clinic. Regardless of track, at a minimum, interns are expected to achieve (9) foundational competencies in (a) Research, (b) Ethical and Legal Standards, (c) Individual and Cultural Diversity, (d) Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors, (e) Communication and Interpersonal Skills, (f) Assessment, (g) Intervention, (h) Supervision and (i) Consultation and Interprofessional / Interdisciplinary Skills. With respect to Research, trainees will select a project that can include applied research/evaluation and/or quality systems (QS) or performance improvement (PI).  Projects can be individual or group based and each student will be assigned a research mentor and present (at a minimum) at the end of the year R&D Service Research Fair. Additionally, interns interested in additional training in teaching, or management-administration and leadership development may build these competencies into their training plan as well by electing to participate in ongoing administrative activities (e.g. program development) or teaching activities.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Other: Peer Supervision


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: 134 120 139
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 57 63 58
Total number of interns: 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 5 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 6 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 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 9 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 79 79
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 7 6 7
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 5 4 6
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 2 1
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 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 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0