Program Information: Behavioral Health Service (Psychiatric Facility)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1304
Program Type: Internship
Site: VA Eastern Kansas (Leavenworth/Topeka) Healthcare System
Department: Behavioral Health Service (Psychiatric Facility)
Address: 4101 S. 4th St.
Psychology Training Program (L-116)
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
Country: United States
Metro Area: Kansas City, MO-KS
Distance from Major City: Both sites are within 60 miles of Kansas City
Phone: 785-350-3111x52075
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 11/01/2013
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jamye Brown
Chief Psychologist: Evelyn Letsch
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 40
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/23/2018
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: 24014
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): An employee gym is available at each site.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical work days depend upon the rotations selected by the intern. Interns will see individual patients, provide groups, and conduct psychological assessments. The types of each of these experiences are flexible and are negotiated between the intern and the supervisor.
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: 11/01/2018 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2017
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/08/2018
Interview process description:

Each site will notify you independently of your application status.  Applicants may be offered interviews at one or both sites.  You will meet and speak with both the current interns and many of the training staff.

Topeka will offer on site interviews on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30am to 1:30pm on select dates in January.  Lunch is provided.

Leavenworth will be offering the option to come in for an in person interview on select dates in early January or applicants may elect to participate in our phone interview process.  In person interviews will be conducted by meeting many of the staff during the afternoon.  The phone interview will be two seperate phone interviews and a meeting by phone with our current psychology interns. 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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 application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
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 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: Government employee oath is required as with all federal government employees. It may be accessed at and it can also be found in our brochure.
Other Requirements: Per hospital policy, all staff must obtain a yearly flu shot.
Program Description

The VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System (VAEKHCS) Psychology Internship Training Program is comprised of two distinct sites (Topeka and Leavenworth) with a long independent history of APA-accreditation, dating back to 1946 and 1974, respectfully, and now officially APA-accredited as a joint program since 2000. The VAEKHCS supports 7 funded one-year predoctoral interns, 3 at the Topeka site and 4 at the Leavenworth site. The basic philosophy of the Internship Training Program is built on the assumption that after nearly a decade of undergraduate and graduate training, interns have attained a certain level of academic, professional, and emotional maturity which prepares them for the final formal educational and experiential step - the internship year. During the internship, students are provided a supportive, supervised environment in which they continue to develop competencies while assuming growing responsibility in preparation for functioning independently.Specific goals targeted during the training year include: 1.) Preparing scientist-practitioner based psychologists, 2.) Preparing competent psychologists, and 3.) Preparing interns for entry-level practice in professional psychology. Specific competencies targeted for training include assessment and diagnosis, intervention, consultation/communication, professional and ethical behavior, human diversity, research and scholarly inquiry, and supervision/program evaluation.  While some training opportunities (i.e. Outpatient Mental Health Care, & Neuropsychology) are available at both sites, some opportunities are site specific. For example, Topeka offers major rotation opportunities on inpatient psychiatric units, as well as inpatient and outpatient PTSD units.  Leavenworth offers major rotation opportunities with Addiction Treatment Unit, Primary Care Mental Health Integration, and the Domiciliary.  The brochure contains details related to the variety of training opportunities at each site.  Applicants from diverse backgrounds highly encouraged to apply.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 59 82
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 70
Total number of interns: 8 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 7 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 3
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 14
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 54
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 2 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 2 3 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: 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 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 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 1 0
Unknown: 1 0 0