Site Name: VA Medical Center, Brooklyn Campus of the NY Harbor Healthcare System
Department: Psychology Service (116B)
Interviews begin mid to late December and usually (but not always) are finished before mid January. Interviews last about 4 hours including presentation of the program, tour of facilities, meeting with current interns and interview with two staff members. Applicants are notified by email and/or by phone. Interviews are on site but can be conduted by phone under special circumstances.
Our training program utilizes a Scholar-Practitioner Model. It focuses on the development of excellent clinical skills, in light of current science, that prepare interns to function successfully in treating patients with psychological problems in both mental health and medical settings, and in a competitive healthcare marketplace.The program is designed to train interns as generalists through immersion in clinical work and careful supervision. Interns undertake two half-year rotations divided into two separate training assignments for each rotation. The program provides intensive experience and supervision in outpatient and medical inpatient settings including individual and group therapy, psychological assessment, treating populations in substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, primary care, geriatrics, hepatitis C and pain. An evaluation of each person's background is considered in making training assignments with a view toward developing and broadening the intern's skills. All rotations will include outpatient service delivery, and also may include work in acute primary care, PTSD program, geriatrics, and/or neuropsychological assessment, Hep C/Pain and substance abuse programs. Each intern also receives training and gains experience in providing group and couples therapy throughout the duration of their internship. All interns are exposed to and administer a variety of psychological and (optionally) neuropsychological assessment measures throughout the year. It is the philosophy of the program that in-depth concentration in selected clinical areas is preferable to many less focused experiences. Although there is a strong didactic component to the internship, the heart of the program lies in its commitment to experiential learning. This is partially reflected in the year long process group in which all interns are required to participate.
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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.nyharbor.va.gov/docs/psychinternbk.pdf or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.