Program Information: Psychology Service (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1361
Program Type: Internship
Site: VA Medical Center, Battle Creek
Department: Psychology Service (116B)
Address: 5500 Armstrong Road
Battle Creek, Michigan 49037-7314
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 123 mi west of Detroit; 193 mi east of Chicago
Phone: 269-966-5600x35150
Fax: 269-223-5793
Email: jessica.kinkela@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.battlecreek.va.gov/careers/Battle_Creek_Psychology_Training_Programs.asp
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 12/01/1995
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jessica Kinkela
Chief Psychologist: Scott Driesenga
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: 07/01/2020
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26166
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Guaranteed 5 days (paid absence) to engage in professional development.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Clinical hours are 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday
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?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: 11/15/2019 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: 12/15/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Interviews occur in January, with different proceedures for each track.  Those granted an interview in more than one track will be contacted directly about processes to schedule for both. Invited applicants who will be in the Southwest Michigan area anyway over the end of December break may contact training director to see if an early interview can be accomodated. 

Neuropsychology Track: Approximately 10 applicants will be invited to attend an invitation-only gathering which includes meeting with training directors, select non-neuropsychology supervisors as well as having individual time with one or both neuropsychology supervisors in an interview. The program will base ranking order on applicant packets, as we have found this improves objectivity and eliminates biases found in interviews. The interview clarifies any uncertainty about your packet and helps you identify fit. Applicants will be informed via email by 12/15 regarding whether they are invited or whether they are no longer under consideration. Attendance can be in person or via conference call. Tentative date is the 4th Thursday in January.

General Track: Interviews may be in person or via phone/teleconference.  Although in person interviews are preferred, we have successfully matched with interns who interviewed both in person and via phone. Those applicants granted interviews will receive an email with instructions on scheduling an interview: the process is the same for both in person and phone interviews. Dates are tentatively set for the First Tuesday and the Second Friday of January.

Interview Components (order will vary):

Introduction/Overview with Training Director: Group format with 3-10 applicants, remote applicants dial into conference call

Interview: Individual with 2 staff members, either 60 minutes with both or 2 30-minute interviews, individual phone call for remote applicants.

Q&A with Training Director: Group format with 3-10 applicants, remote applicants dial into conference call.

Q&A with Interns: Group format with 3-10 applicants, remote applicants dial into conference call.

Tour of Campus

 

Health Track: Interviews may be in person or via phone/teleconference.  Although in person interviews are preferred, we have successfully matched with interns who interviewed both in person and via phone. Those applicants granted interviews will receive an email with instructions on scheduling an interview: the process is the same for both in person and phone interviews. Tentative date is the Second Wednesday in January.

Interview Components (order will vary):

Introduction/Overview with Training Director: Group format with 3-10 applicants, remote applicants dial into conference call

Interview: Individual with 2-4 staff members as interviewers lasting 45-60 minutes, individual phone call for remote applicants.

Q&A with Training Director: Group or indivdual format depending on number of applicants, remote applicants dial into conference call.

Q&A with Interns: Group format with 3-10 applicants, remote applicants dial into conference call.

Tour of Campus for in person applicants

 

 

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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 0
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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

Please see webpage: http://www.battlecreek.va.gov/careers/Battle_Creek_Psychology_Training_Programs.asp

Three tracks are available:

General Track (2 positions): Offers the most flexibility and is great for those with interest in SMI, PTSD, Geropsychology, substance use, and evidence based psychotherapy.

Health Psychology Track (2 positions): Targeted toward those considering careers in Primary Care or Health Psychology and includes guaranteed 6 month rotation in Health Psychology under ABPP Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist. Primary Care-Mental Health Integration is the second primary rotation for Health Track interns. Integrated Care didactics are included.

Neuropsychology Track (1 position): For those pursuing Neuropsychology careers including plans to complete a 2-year Neuropsychology residency. Meets Div. 40/Houston guidelines for 50% time working under a neuropsychologist. All neuropsychology supervisors are ABPP Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology. Neuropsychology specific didactics are included.

*While you may apply for more than one track, Neuropsychology and Health Psychology rotations are typically only available to interns matching within those specific tracks respectively.

 

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:
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Military Veterans

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

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other:

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 http://www.battlecreek.va.gov/careers/Battle_Creek_Psychology_Training_Programs.asp 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: 82 83 83
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 48
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
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written >100 >100 >100
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: 4 4 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 1
Private General Hospital: 0 0 1
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 1
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