Program Information: Behavioral Health Service (Psychiatric Facility)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1304
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Eastern Kansas (Leavenworth/Topeka) Healthcare System
Department: Behavioral Health Service (Psychiatric Facility)
Address: 4101 S. 4th St.
Psychology Training Program (L-116)
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
Country: United States
Metro Area: Kansas City, MO-KS
Distance from Major City: Both sites are within 60 miles of Kansas City
Phone: 785-350-3111x52075
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jamye Brown
Chief Psychologist: Evelyn Letsch
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 45
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/18/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26166
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): An employee gym is available at each site.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical work days depend upon the rotations selected by the intern. Interns will see individual patients, provide groups, and conduct psychological assessments. The types of each of these experiences are flexible and are negotiated between the intern and the 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: 11/15/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/17/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2022
Interview process description:

Each site will notify you independently of your application status.  Applicants may be offered interviews at one or both sites.  You will meet and speak with both the current interns and many of the training staff.

Interviews will be conducted by in-person and virtually.  Depending on the status of the Covid-19 crisis, we will plan interviews to best take into account applicant preference and safety. 

Topeka will offer on site interviews on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30am to 1:30pm on select dates in January.  Lunch is provided.  Virtual interviews will follow the same timelines.  Both on site and virtual interviews will include meetings with rotation supervisors and current interns.

Leavenworth will be offering both in person and virtual interviews on select dates in early January.  In person interviews will be conducted by meeting many of the staff during the afternoon.  The virtual interview will be two seperate  interviews and a meeting with our current psychology interns. 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Alaska University of West Virginia University of Nebraska Spalding University Notre Dame Wichita State University University of Missouri - Kansas City University of Colorado Alliant University University of Kansas Auburn University University of Georgia Pepperdine University Midwestern University University of Missouri - Kansas City Nova Southeastern University University of North Dakota Texas Tech University Wichita 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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
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 Not 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: Government employee oath is required as with all federal government employees. Drug screenings may also be required. It may be accessed at and it can also be found in our brochure.
Other Requirements: Per hospital policy, all staff must obtain a yearly flu shot and must provide attestation of their Covid-19 vaccination status.
Program Description

The VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System (VAEKHCS) Psychology Internship Training Program is comprised of two distinct sites - Topeka and Leavenworth.  We support 7 funded interns, 3 at Topeka and 4 at Leavenworth. The mission of the VAEKHCS Psychology Training Program is to create an emotionally supportive and intellectually challenging environment for the development of competent, caring, and ethical psychologists trained to skillfully work with diverse populations.  VAEKHCS emphasizes quality professional relationships, critical scientific thinking, and high-quality supervision. We are committed to providing training experiences which promote professional growth and meet the individual needs of each intern.  Training staff recognize the impact of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, culture, and gender across all levels of psychological theory, research, practice, and education.  We seek both staff and interns who are strongly committed to diversity and who are supportive of providing a welcoming work and training environment.  We welcome members of underrepresented groups including women and minorities, and encourage them to apply for positions.  During the internship, interns are provided a supportive, supervised environment in which they continue to develop competencies while assuming growing responsibility in preparation for functioning independently.  Our program provides training experiences to enhance the nine Profession-Wide Competencies, we work collaboratively with interns to identify individual training goals and select training experiences, and strive to foster a safe, affirming, and challenging learning environment.  


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

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.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 59 82 57 42 68
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 70 32 35 55
Total number of interns: 8 7 7 7 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 7 7 7 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 7 4 5 7 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 3 2 0 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 4 3 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 3 4 3 2
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 14 4 8 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 54 48 72 78
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 1 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 2 2 2 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 2 3 3 3 5
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 1 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 1 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 1 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 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 1 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0 0 0