Program Information: Mental Health Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1105
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Department: Mental Health Service
Address: 2200 Fort Roots Drive (116B/NLR)
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Located in Little Rock, Arkansas
Phone: 501-410-7688x
Fax:
Email: Courtney.Ghormley@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/central-arkansas-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-program/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.va.gov/central-arkansas-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-program/
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Courtney Ghormley
Chief Psychologist: Amanda McCorkindale
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 29
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26297
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): We are happy to provide release time to defend dissertation, to present research at conferences, or to engage in fellowship or job interviews at other VA facilities for up to five days per training year.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site An intern's tour of duty is 8:00AM to 4:30PM, Monday-Friday. Trainees DO NOT work more than 40 hours per week. Trainees receive no less than four hours of supervision per week which will include at least two hours of face-to-face, individual supervision with a licensed psychologist. Our psychology interns are engaged in a variety of clinical activities including providing individual and group psychotherapy, psychological and neurocognitive assessment, attending didactic opportunities, and consultation with members of various interdisciplinary teams. Our program's approach to training is to meet interns where they are and to help them obtain the clinical skills, autonomy, and confidence so that they are well prepared for the next step in their career whether that be employment as a psychologist or specialty training on fellowship.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/08/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Given the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually this year to protect the health and safety of internship applicants along with our staff and current interns. 2021-22 internship interviews will be by invitation only. All applicants will be notified by December 10, 2021 as to whether they are invited to interview. If invited to interview, specific details about the interview process will be provided at that time. The cutoff date for invited applicants to confirm an interview is December 22, 2020. Unconfirmed slots will be offered to wait-listed candidates. Our program typically interviews 50 applicants each year. Virtual interviews will be conducted Monday-Friday, January 10-14, 2022 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m (Central Standard Time). The virtual interview will involve a group web-based meeting led by the internship training directors to provide an overview of the training program. Applicants will also engage in a web-based meeting with current supervisors, who will describe their rotations, and interviewees will also hear detailed information about our various didactic training opportunities. Applicants will also meet virtually with the current intern class to gain insight into what is is like to be an intern at the Central Arkansas VA. Applicants will engage in at least two, individual, virtual interviews with current training staff. The interview day will wrap-up with a virtual question and answer session with the training directors. We have a lot of fun, and we love meeting applicants from all across the country. Interview week is one of our staff's favorite weeks of the year.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Auburn University, Brigham Young University, California School of Professional Psychology,, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Florida Institute of Technology, Fuller Theological Seminary, George Fox University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Kent State University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Marshall University, Memphis State University, Midwestern University, Notre Dame University, Nova Southeastern University, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Pacific University, Pepperdine University, Regeant University, Rutgers University, Spalding University, Saint Louis University, Tennessee State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Alabama, University of Central Arkansas, University of Denver, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Hartford, University of Indianapolis, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Mississippi, University of Missouri, University of Montana, University of Nebraska, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of South Dakota, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Tulsa, Wright State University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 250
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 Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited 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 refer to our program's website and brochure for a comprehensive list of application and selection eligibility requirements.
Program Description

The CAVHS Psychology Internship Program provides a generalist training experience. All interns, regardless of specialty interests, are expected to learn and demonstrate the basic skills required of a beginning psychologist, primarily in the areas of assessment, intervention, consultation, and professional development. Our program focuses on supervised clinical training and features tracks with emphasis areas in general psychology and health psychology. Both tracks provide rigorous training in evidence-based practices and promote recovery-oriented, veteran-centered care.

Our program is built on a practitioner-scholar model of training. The program emphasizes, in all aspects of its training, that the best practice must be solidly based in science. The important hands-on experiential aspects of internship training are grounded in the scientific literature, and our interns are challenged to systematically measure their assessment and intervention practices against an established knowledge base. All rotation supervisors emphasize the importance of consulting the scientific literature when working with a new patient population, intervention, or assessment tool.

The overall aim of our program is to ensure that interns acquire a broad range of the professional skills necessary to function effectively as psychologists in a variety of multidisciplinary healthcare settings, specifically the Veterans Healthcare Administration as well as other complex medical centers. Furthermore, those interns who choose careers in other areas of practice such as academia, research, and administration can be confident that this internship will have significantly contributed to their professional goals. In addition to its overall aim, the Psychology Internship Program has two specific aims:

    1. To train psychologists in the delivery of quality, recovery-oriented healthcare
    2. To train psychologists to appreciate the unique needs of the veteran population and in the provision of veteran-centered care

Our training program is a generalist internship ensuring that each intern develops the basic skills necessary for the practice of psychology. All interns will be expected to demonstrate minimum competency in multiple modalities of treatment, including therapy with individuals and groups; evidence-based protocols (EBPs); and psychometrics. However, while these basic skills are expected of all interns, the program also supports early development of specialty interest in addition to the generalist philosophy. For this reason, our program offers training in a specialty Health Psychology track. Please note that, because we are a generalist psychology internship program, interns can spend no more than 50% of their time on rotations within the specialty track. Specific learning opportunities will vary depending on the track (General Psychology or Health Psychology) for which the intern is chosen as well as the individual’s interests, training needs, and program requirements. During the first week of orientation, the Director of Training and Assistant Director of Training will work collaboratively with each intern to develop a course of internship training, which will meet the intern's training needs and interests.

The CAVHS Psychology Internship Program is committed to promoting awareness of, and respect for, cultural and individual diversity with the goal of preparing interns to become culturally-competent providers of mental health care. To achieve this goal, we integrate training on diversity and related factors throughout the internship year and work to create an inclusive environment where individuals of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and valued. We consider diversity as including various cultures, values, and experiences of trainees and faculty as well as different theoretical models, research paradigms, and ways of professional practice. Our training program incorporates multiculturalism, recovery-oriented approaches, and a biopsychosocial emphasis to ensure that diversity is fully integrated in the training experience. Intern applicants from diverse groups who are underrepresented in psychology are highly encouraged to apply.

Regarding the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the Central Arkansas VA Psychology Internship has taken special steps to protect the health and welfare of our interns, staff, and the veterans for which we care. Interns and staff have been more engaged in providing telehealth activities, which has allowed for social distancing. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required in certain areas or clinics, and interns are provided necessary PPE. Intern didactics and meetings may be delivered virtually to allow for appropriate social distancing; however, when safe, we prefer to meet in person with appropriate social distancing and use of PPE. 

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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 training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: https://www.va.gov/central-arkansas-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-program/  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 124 66 93 80 179
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 37 30 49 63
Total number of interns: 8 7 6 8 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 7 6 8 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 3 2 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 4 4 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 7 5 7 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 12 12 15
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 64 52 86 115
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 6 2 5 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 6 4 4 3 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 2 0 2 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0