Site Name: Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Department: Psychology Internship Program
The Selection Process: Upon receipt of an application, the Director of Training conducts a preliminary review for completeness. Intern selection involves the entire psychology training staff. The applicant is expected to have a strong theoretical background that is based upon the scientific foundation of clinical psychology. They are also expected to be able to communicate well in written and oral forms, have experience in individual and group therapies, and overall experiences that fit well with this VA medical center program. The psychology training staff reviews applications and offers interviews to a percent of the applicant based on their applications. Applicants will be notified by December 2 2022, via e-mail, whether they will be offered an interview or are unlikely to be in the pool of applicants who will be placed on the APPIC rank list for potential internship offers. Virtual interviews will be offered during 1 date in November 2022; 2 dates in December 2022, and 2 dates in January 2023 . Interviews are scheduled in two 30-minute individual sessions with two staff members and one current intern. In addition, an optional virtual open house will be offered, which will include an overview of the program and a question and answer session with the current intern cohort. The open house event and the interview will allow time for the applicant to get a good sense of the program and facility. This allows determination for a good “fit” for both applicant goals and the program’s format. Accommodations (telephonic interviews) are made for applicants that are unable to access video teleconferencing.
The internship strongly emphasizes empirically supported treatments. Rotations offered include:
Supplemental experience is offered in LGBTQ+ with participation in the Transgender e-consult committee.
Other areas possible pending staffing: Military Sexual Assault, Polytrauma, PTSD Clinical Team. Integrated in a number of rotations is trauma care.
Interns attend weekly didactics, which includes an assessment seminar and a monthly Psychology Education Series with Phoenix VA Health Care System. A national VA diversity didactic series is also offered monthly. Assessment education is provided via didactics and in individual supervision. Interns further develop their assessment abilities through completing assessments on their rotations, as well as in additional settings when available (e.g., assessments related to bariatric surgery, transplants, gender dysphoria). A professional development seminar, along with individual professional development meetings, provide support to interns as they work towards successful completion of internship and development of professional identity. Supplemental educational opportunities are announced as available throughout the training year.
Please see the brochure for a complete description of the rotations and program offerings.
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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:
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.