Program Information: Psychology Department (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1138
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center
Department: Psychology Department (116B)
Address: Building 401, Room A241
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90073-1003
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 310-478-3711x48210
Fax:
Email: Stephanie.Cardoos@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.losangeles.va.gov/documents/VAPsychology-WLA-Internship.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Stephanie Cardoos
Chief Psychologist: Joanna Rowles
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 26
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 9
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30031
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Research time; 5 days of educational leave time; Access to UCLA professional lectures; 11 Federal holidays; 13 days of vacation leave; 13 days of sick leave
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, consistent with the VA's work hours. There are no weekend or on-call hours. The typical workday schedule varies by rotation, and is described in our internship brochure. Seminars are held midday on Mondays and on Wednesday afternoons. Scheduling of research hours is at the discretion of the primary supervisor.
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?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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants who are invited for interviews are notified by email by December 15, 2021. Interviews will be conducted via a virtual platform. Our tentative Open House/Interview dates are January 4, January 6, January 11 and January 13, 2022. Applicants will indicate their preferences for interview dates once they are contacted by the Director of Training. The interview day will consist of a virtual Open House, during which time applicants will meet with the Director of Training, training supervisors from the different rotations, and the current intern class. Applicants will also receive a virtual tour of our facility. Following the Open House, each applicant will participate in a one-hour individual interview. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Emory University; Fuller Graduate School of Psychology; Fordham University; George Mason University; Georgia State University; Loma Linda University; Loyola University of Chicago; Pacific Graduate School of Psychology; Pepperdine University; PGSP - Stanford Psy.D. Consortium; San Diego State University/University of California at San Diego Joint Doctoral Program; Temple University; University at Albany, SUNY; University of Arizona; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Colorado - Colorado Springs; University of Florida; University of Houston; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Kansas; University of Miami; University of Michigan; University of Missouri, St. Louis; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; University of Nevada, Reno; University of Notre Dame; University of Oregon, Counseling Program; University of Rhode Island; University of Southern California; University of Victoria; Vanderbilt University; Washington University in St. Louis; Wayne State University; Washington State University, Yale 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: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
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:
Program Description

The APA-accredited Psychology internship Program at the West LA VA provides broad and general training based on the scientist-practitioner model, and emphasizes practice informed by scientifically-based research. The aim of the program is to prepare interns for successful entry into postdoctoral or entry-level professional positions, particularly in VA Medical Centers or academic medical centers, and eventual licensure. We accept applications from students who are enrolled and in good standing at doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), doctoral programs in Clinical Science accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or an APA or CPA-accredited respecialization training program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

The internship is geared to provide direct clinical experience with adult U.S. military Veterans in outpatient and inpatient mental health and medical settings. This full-tme, 12-month program begins on August 1, 2022 and is organized into four 13-week clinical rotations. There are 9 internship positions, with 5 positions in the General Track and 4 that are funded through Geropsychology. Interns in the Geropsychology track complete two of their four rotations in geriatrics (Geropsychology and Geriatric Medicine). Major rotations include: Behavioral Health; the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program; Geriatric Medicine; Geropsychology; Neuropsychology; Mental Health Clinic/Anxiety Disorders Clinic; Rehabilitation Psychology; the Substance Use Disorders Outpatient Program; and the Trauma Program. 

Selection of rotations is based on the intern's interests, goals, and gaps in training. In addition to the four clinical rotations, interns participate in a year-long psychotherapy placement. The psychotherapy placement is designed to provide interns with a more intensive training experience within a particular treatment model or orientation with patients who present with more complex problems. Interns are required to treat two ongoing patients in the psychotherapy placement. A single "case" may be year-long treatment of one individual, an ongoing group, or a series of individual patients who may benefit from more prolonged, but not year-long treatment.

There are rich opportunities for education and research. Two weekly seminars (the Intern Seminar and the Assessment Seminar), a twice-monthly seminar (the Diversity Seminar), a monthly seminar on Evidence-Based Psychotherapy, and a monthly seminar on clinical supervision are offered during the year. The Assessment Seminar covers personality as well as neuropsychological assessment. The monthly Geropsychology Journal Club is required for interns in the Geropsychology Track and optional for those in the General Track. In addition to these required didactics, there are many additional learning opportunities, including a weekly Trauma seminar, monthly Health Psychology Journal Club meetings, Psychology Department workshops, DEI Lunch and Learn meetings, weekly rounds, rotation-specific lectures and conferences, and access to UCLA Neuropsychology didactics. Interns are required to become involved in a research or other scholarly project consistent with their interests.

Interns are allotted a maxium of four hours of research time per week. While completion of the VA research project is to be the primary use of the intern’s research time, research hours may also be used for any outside research, including completion of the dissertation, preparation of manuscripts or presentations, or work on other research projects. Research hours must be taken on site.

The GLA Psychology Department has an active Psychology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The Committee’s mission is ”to create a willing community of fellow staff members and trainees to learn from one another’s life experiences, to advocate for inclusion, to celebrate all cultures and identities, and to promote equity in access to opportunity. We strive to extend these values to the services and care we offer to Veterans.” The Committee meets monthly with the goal of enhancing DEI initiatives across the department and the VA system. Subcommittees, made up of staff and trainees, work on DEI initiatives in the areas of hiring/recruitment, training, and staff development.

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:

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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/  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: 174 182 160 169 158
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 65 65 64 63 66
Total number of interns: 8 8 7 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 8 7 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 7 7 5 6 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 2 2 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 7 7 8 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 7 7 5 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 60 43 193 42 58
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 1 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 7 8 7 6 7
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 7 4 4 5
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 2 2 1
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: 1 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 1
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0