Program Information: Mental Health Care Line 116B

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1463
Program Type: Internship
Site: VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, Montrose Campus.
Department: Mental Health Care Line 116B
Address: P.O. Box 100/Albany Post Road
Montrose, New York 10548-0100
Country: United States
Metro Area: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 40 Miles North of NYC.
Phone: 914-737-4400x3400
Fax:
Email: Francesca.Pacaud-Parker@va.gov
Web Address: http://Training Director: Fracesca Pacaud-Parker, Ph.D., CASAC
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.hudsonvalley.va.gov/programs/hvpsychintern.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 09/01/2003
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Francesca Pacaud-Parker
Chief Psychologist: Thomas Stracuzzi
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 30
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2019
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 29967
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:

Stipend ranges are values in US Dollars.

Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Proximity to New York City and 10 paid legal holidays.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns engage in clinical work (individual and group therapy, psychodiagnostic assessment, training seminars)as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team.
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: 11/13/2018 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: 12/18/2018
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants meet as a group with TD, and Staff Psychologists and are given an overview of the program, followed by a tour of the facility conducted by current interns. An individual, one-on-one interview is then conducted by a member of the Internship Training Committee. Applicants also meet with the TDs for a brief interview for any follow-up questions or comments. Applicants are asked to review and comment on a clinical vignette during the course of the 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:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 600
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
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 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:
Program Description

Training Directors: Francesca Pacaud-Parker, Ph.D., CASAC

Please feel free to e-mail: francesca.pacaud-parker@va.gov with any questions.

 

VA Hudson Valley HCS, with campuses at Montrose and Castle Point, NY, offers a fully-accredited APA internship in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.(Contact APA, Commission on Acreditation, (202) 336-5979 for further information, or write: Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Assoc., 750 First St.,NE,Washington D.C. 20002.) As one of the largest psychiatric facilities in the VA, HVHCS offers opportunities to work with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings. In addition, the hospital's location enables interns to take advantage of a rich array of educational and cultural opportunities available in tbe NYC area.

 

The Internship Training Program’s aim is train Interns in the achievement of the nine Profession-wide competency areas necessary for proficient practice as an early career psychologist. The Program thus provides interns with the necessary training opportunities to build upon their already existing competencies and support them in their progression toward proficiency. 

The competencies areas are :

  1. Research

  2. Ethical and legal standards

  3. Individual and cultural diversity

  4. Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors

  5. Communication and interpersonal skills

  6. Assessment

  7. Intervention

  8. Supervision

  9. Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills

     

Each of the above competencies are achieved through engagement in multiple training opportunities.   Clinical experiences and educational activities throughout the training year assist interns in achieving these standards. Progression toward such achievement is evaluated with feedback provided to interns on a regular basis.    

 

Clinical opportunities***Major Rotations (2-3 rotations; three or six months in duration):Interns are assigned to three Major Rotations throughout the year. These rotations take place on the PTSD and Substance Abuse Treatment Program residential units, and Acute Psychiatry unit. Interns spend approximately two-thirds of their week fulfilling responsibilities in these placements. Each Intern will be provided a Supervisor to supervise experiences on these units. Interns spend approximately two-thirds of their week fulfilling duties in these placements. ***Supplemental Rotations (6 or 12 months in duration): The intern will also be involved in one or more Supplemental Rotations that are estimated to occupy about eight hours each week (7 hrs-clinical, 1 hour-supervision). These may include Neuropsychology, Evidence-Based Treatments (DBT, CPT, CBT-I), Primary Care, Outpatient Mental Health (Group/Individual therapy) and Geriatric/Extended Care and Palliative/Hospice Care. These experiences may be combined based upon Intern’s preference or in order to ensure a comprehensive training experience. Each Intern will be provided a Supervisor to supervise these training experiences. ***Assessment: Interns are expected to complete a minimum of 10 comprehensive assessment reports during the internship year. A completed report will be due at the end of each month, September (sample data provided) through June. ***Didactics: The Internship Training Program offers numerous weekly seminars. Offerings include regular seminars in psychodiagnostic testing and group psychotherapy case conferences. An overview of neuropsychology is offered throughout the year as well as a seminar on use of the Rorschach. A variety of other seminar are offered including: treatment of newer era Veterans, evidenced based treatment and Forensic Psychology.

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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:
Other:

Interns have the opportunity to take a role in other hospital programs, e.g., EAP, MOVE (Weight Management)or outpatient DBT. Rotations and experience is also offered in a Primary Care setting, and neuropsychological screening and assessment.

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 Training Director: Fracesca Pacaud-Parker, Ph.D., CASAC 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: 64 63
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 40
Total number of interns: 4 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 8 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 51 37
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: 3 1 0
Community Mental Health Center: 2 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 1 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 2 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0