Program Information: Mental Health Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1312
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Lexington VA Health Care System
Department: Mental Health Service
Address: 1101 Veterans Drive (116A5 LD)
Lexington, Kentucky 40502
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 75 miles from both Cincinnati and Louisville
Phone: 859-233-4511x3237
Fax: 859-281-3919
Email: joshua.phillips@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.lexington.va.gov/careers/PsychologyTraining.asp
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.lexington.va.gov/careers/documents/2021-2022-Lex-Psych-Internship-Brochure.pdf
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: Joshua Phillips Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Sherry Autum McCane
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 47
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
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, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns spend three days per week performing duties associated with their major rotations, one day per week performing duties associated with their minor rotations, and Fridays in training-related activities, including one hour Group Supervision and two 1.5 hour Didactic Seminars. Activities and roles associated with major and minor rotations vary, but generally include individual and/or group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, documentation, and report writing, training, and supervision. Interns are required to obtain at least 1.5 hours individual face-to-face supervision per week on their major rotations and at least 0.5 hours individual face-to-fact supervision per week on their minor rotations. An additional hour of supervision on their minor and major rotations may occur through additional individual face-to-face supervision, multidisciplinary team activities, and/or supervision by a non-psychologist.
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: 12/10/2021
Interview process description:

We conduct interviews between early December and mid-January. All interviews will be virtual due to COVID-19 precautions. Interviews will be conducted on Friday 12/10/2021, Friday 1/7/2022, and Tuesday 1/11/2022. All applicants chosen for interviews are notified by Dec. 15, per APPIC rules. The interviews will include an overview of the internship, individual interviews with 2 different faculty members and at least 1 intern without faculty present. 

We try to match the applicant with a faculty interviewer who supervises a rotation aligned with the applicant's interests, depending on schedules and circumstances.

Applicants likely to be granted an interview would have a combination of intervention, assessment, and supervision totaling at least 500 hours.  We prefer to see at least 100 hours of assessment, but will consider applicants with fewer hours, depending on the strength of the rest of the application.

The training director personally calls applicants to invite them to interview.

Our site does not use standardized case studies during the interview process.

We update our internship brochure before Sept. 1 of each year, so please refer to that document for more information. Please do not hesitate to e-mail Dr. Phillips if you have questions.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler School of Professional Psychology Albizu University American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy - Washington D.C. Argosy Hawaii Auburn University Ball State University Biola University Boston University Bowling Green State University Catholic University of America Duke University Fielding Institute Florida Institute of Technology Florida State University Fuller Seminary Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Argosy - Atlanta Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois School of Professional Psychology Indiana State University Indiana University of Pennsylvania Kent State University Marshall University Memphis State University Michigan State University Northern Illinois University NOVA Southeastern University Oklahoma State Univesity Pacific Graduate School of Psychology Palo Alto University Radford University Rosalind Fanklin University of Medicine and Science Southern Illinois University Spalding University Temple University Texas A&M Texas Tech University Texas Womens University The Ohio State University University of South Carolina University of Cincinnati University of Denver University of Indianapolis University of Kansas University of Kentucky University of Louisville University of Memphis University of Miami University of Minnesota University of Missouri University of North Dakota University of South Carolina University of South Dakota University of South Florida University of Southern Mississippi University of Tennessee University of Tennessee - Knoxville University of Toledo University of Tulsa University of Virginia University of Washington University of Wisconsin Vanderbilt University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University West Virginia University Wright State University Xavier 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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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: Matched applicants must complete a background check and pre-employment physical exam before beginning internship. Psychology Interns are designated Health Professions Trainees (HPT). All VHA HPTs are exempt from pre-employment drug-testing. • Most VHA HPTs are in testing designated positions (TDPs) and subject to random drug testing. • All VA employees appointed to a TDP (including HPTs) must sign a Random Drug Testing Notification and Acknowledgement Memo. • All HPTs in TDPs are subject to the following types of drug testing: o Random; o Reasonable suspicion; o Injury, illness, unsafe or unhealthful practice; and o Follow-up after completion of a counseling or rehabilitation program for illegal drug use through the VA Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Here are a few additional points: • VHA HPTs may receive counseling and rehabilitation assistance through the VA EAP. Contact the local VHA HR office for more information about EAP. • VHA HPTs will be given the opportunity to justify a positive test result by submitting supplemental medical documentation to a Medical Review Officer (MRO) when a confirmed positive test could have resulted from legally prescribed medication. • Prior to being notified of a drug test, VHA HPTs may avoid disciplinary action by voluntarily identifying themselves to EAP as a user of illegal drugs. Disciplinary action will not be initiated if the HPT fully complies with counseling, rehabilitation and after-care recommended by EAP, and thereafter refrains from using illegal drugs. Note: Self-identification must happen prior to being notified of a drug test. This option is no longer viable once an HPT has been selected for a drug test. However, be aware that VA will initiate termination of VA appointment and/or dismissal from VA rotation against any trainee who: • Is found to use illegal drugs on the basis of a verified positive drug test (even if a drug is legal in the state where training); or • Refuses to be drug tested.
Program Description

The VAMC Lexington internship program utilizes the practitioner-scholar philosophy. The intership's experiences are intended to provide the aspiring psychologist with opportunities to practice and expand on previously learned skills, to develop new skills and to experience personal and professional growth. Our belief is that these objectives can best be achieved through comprehensive training based upon the following three principles: 1. Training in a breadth of clinical skills central to the practice of psychology. 2. Training emphasizing content areas relevant to the intern?s career goals. 3. Training in the ethical and professional standards central to the practice of psychology. Interns will complete two 6 month major rotations and two 6 month minor rotations. Major rotations are available in the following areas: Mental Health Clinic (MHC), Outpatient PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), Acute Inpatient Psychiatry/Behavioral Health, Primary Care, Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP), Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP). The choices for minor rotations include:  Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program (MHRRTP), Rural Outreach, Outpatient Family Therapy, Psychology Administration, Primary Care, Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Geropsychology, Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP)..

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:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Military Veterans

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Family Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
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:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research:
Administration: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty:
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.lexington.va.gov/careers/PsychologyTraining.asp  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: 87 48 51 50
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 40 50 50
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 3 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 3 4 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 2 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 2 5 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 212 16 64 47
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: 2 0 1 2 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 2 0 2 3 5
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 1 1 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 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 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 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 2 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 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