Program Information: Psychology (A4-116)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1174
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Department: Psychology (A4-116)
Address: Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
1700 North Wheeling St. (A4-116)
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Country: United States
Metro Area: Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 720-723-7337
Fax:
Email: jacob.farnsworth@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/eastern-colorado-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-residency-programs/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.va.gov/eastern-colorado-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-residency-programs/
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: Jacob Farnsworth
Chief Psychologist: Jacob Farnsworth
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 69
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28833
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0.00
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): The doctoral internship at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation. * Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 (202) 336-5979 APAACCRED@APA.COM http://www.apa.org/education/grad/program-accreditation.aspx
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns tour of duty is typically 8-4:30 Monday through Friday. A typical day is difficult to describe as it very much depends upon the clinical rotations that the intern is on. Mondays are very didactic/meeting heavy but the rest of the week varies depending on clinical work. All year long, interns are busy with major and minor clinical rotations, psychotherapy rotations, didactics, supervision, and research endeavors. In addition, they are working on research/presentation day and case conference. Finally, interns may also choose to complete a year long project in research or program administration/development/evaluation. Please see our updated internship brochure to for more information related to impacts of COVID-19 on application procedures and training opportunities.
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, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Due to COVID-19, all interview activities are planned to be completed virtually using the Zoom platform. We will provide prospective interns with video links to help them be familiar with our facilities and the surrounding Denver Metro area.  In addition, prospective interns will hear presentations from the different groups of faculty who are offering clinical and research rotations for the coming internship year. Interview day activities will include informational presentations by the internship training director and other VA leadership, virtual one-on-one interviews with training program faculty members and a meeting with the current interns. Interview dates will likely be scheduled on Mondays in January.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: California School of Professional Psychology, Catholic University, Clark University, Colorado State University, DePaul University, Drexel University, Florida State University, Marquette University, Oklahoma State University, Pacific University, Palo Alto University, Stanford Consortium, Stony Brook University, Texas Tech, University of Alabama, University of Colorado, University of Denver, University of Houston, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Miami, University of Missouri - Kansas City, University of Northern Colorado, University of South Florida, University of Tennessee, University of Tulsa, University of Wyoming, Washington State University, Washington University in St. Louis, Yeshiva 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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 75
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 internship employes a clinician-scholar model and emphasizes a generalist clinical psycholoy orientation, while simultaneously promoting and supporting interns to develop speciality knowledge, intervention, and assessment skillsets in areas that include health psychology, PTSD/trauma, geropsychology, primary care-mental health integration, neuropsychology, chronic mental illness, psychosocial recovery and suicide prevention. Psychological assessment is required of all interns and is supplmented by a complete year-long didactic series. Please see our web page and brochure for a complete description of the internship program and additional updates regarding COVID-19.

Impact of COVID-19 on Application Requirements:

 The ECHCS Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC Psychology Internship Program understands that many training programs and practicum sites have been adversely affected by COVID-19, resulting in reduced opportunities to accrue clinical hours. If applicants have experienced such COVID-related extenuating circumstances, we encourage them to include this information in a brief paragraph at the end of their cover letter for the RMR VAMC training faculty to review.

 

We utilize a goodness-of-fit model during intern selection to obtain a skilled and diverse group of interns (e.g., geographic, racial, ethnic).

 

We have three tracks:

117411 - General Track (4 slots)

117412 - Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Track (1 slot)

117413 - Geropsychology/GRECC Track (1 slot)*

*Min Req Hours for GRECC Track is 250 Intervention, 100 Assessment

All six slots provide follow a similar required model and complete the same eduation with generalist training in clinical psychology. Interns in the General track will select three major and three minor rotations. The intern accepted to the PCMHI track will complete all three major rotations in PCMHI clinics. The intern accepted to the Geropsychology track will have all two of three major rotations assigned to Geropsychology clinics. Rotations are selected with the guidance of training committee in order to ensure generalist training and the completion of all other training requirements.

 

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

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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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/eastern-colorado-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-residency-programs/  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: 114 102 109 194 197
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 45 45 45 38 49
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 0 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 6 5 6 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 6 5 9 11
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 51 55 65 26 71
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 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 5 6 6 6
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 1 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 5 4 2 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 2 2 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 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 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 1 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 1 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0