Program Information: Psychology Service (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1322
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center
Department: Psychology Service (116B)
Address: 200 Springs Road
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1198
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City: 20 miles northwest of Boston
Phone: 781-687-3056
Fax: 781-687-2169
Email: richard.amodio@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/bedford-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.va.gov/bedford-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/
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: Richard Amodio
Chief Psychologist: Maura Pellowe
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 41
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/06/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 29282
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 13 days of accrued vacation, 10 Federal holidays, 4 days for professional development, accrued sick leave
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site See online brochure: http://www.bedford.va.gov/careers/psychologytraining.asp
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?No
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: 11/05/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/01/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

 Interns selected to the internship program have been carefully reviewed and ranked by a two-stage selection process that includes all members of the training committee, with particular involvement from those psychologists directly affiliated with the applicant's stated interest(s) regarding the primary rotations. After initially reviewing and rating all online written applications, selected applicants are invited for interviews on or before December 1st. Due to the COVID 2019 pandemic and the current uncertainty regarding the status of the pandemic come December 2021, the interview process will be conducted virtually (as it was during the prior year) in the form of four "open houses", December 14th, December 16th, January 7th, and January 12th. During the morning of the open house, members of the training staff sequentially present on foundational aspects of the program, including an overview of the internship program's structure and philosophy, recovery and interprofessional orientation of the hospital, core intern training rotations in psychotherapy and assessment, psychology seminar series and diversity training, intern group supervision, focused clinical training and EBPs, and research opportunities. Following the morning presentations, applicants will meet virtually with the current internship cohort in a nonevaluative and confidential dialogue to learn firsthand about the internship program.  In the afternoon, each intern applicant participates in three to four individual interviews. Applicants will interview with prospective supervisors associated with the one or two primary (i.e., focus area) rotation(s) for which they expressed interest in their application. The program asks prospective applicants to rank order primary rotations according to their interest for the purpose of establishing interviews with supervisors most associated with initial applicant interest. While applicants will be considered for any primary rotation in which they might have interest, it is best to carefully consider upon application which rotations seem to be most in accord with one's training goals and interests, so as to have an opportunity to meet with potential supervisory staff.  After the four open house days, the training committee convenes to comprise a rank ordering of all final candidates.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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:
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:
Program Description

Clinical training consists of two required core rotations, Acute Psychopathology & Assessment and Psychotherapy, as well as one primary rotation.  The primary rotation is chosen (via the national computer match) from one of the following six clinical areas -- Neuropsychology, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Geropsychology, Outpatient Treatment, Primary Care Behavioral Health, and Addictive Behaviors.

All three rotations (i.e., a primary rotation, the assessment rotation, and the psychotherapy rotation) run concurrently throughout the year.  This training structure provides the intern an opportunity to deepen their understanding, skills and practice in each of these areas of professional activity and practice.  On a weekly basis, the primary rotation usually consists of approximately sixteen hours (20 hours for the neuropsychology primary rotation).  The psychotherapy rotation consists of approximately twelve hours and the evaluation/acute psychopathology rotation approximately eight hours.

Each rotation draws on the rich array of resources offered at the medical center and specialized staff to support professional training.  Typically, multiple sites are combined to support a particular primary rotation, providing a diverse range of clinical situations, patients, and professional contexts in which the intern can develop confidence and proficiencies.  Additionally, collegial interaction on a multidisciplinary team is a highly valued component of training.  All clinical services, inpatient and outpatient, are built around the team treatment model, allowing psychology interns to work directly with staff and trainees from psychiatry, social work, nursing, neurology, and psychosocial rehabilitation on a regular basis.  On a number of the rotations, interns become identified primarily with one particular unit and become a part of that milieu while serving as consultant to other units.  Thus, all primary rotations involve activities with multiple sites, while milieu treatment and team functioning occur to varying degrees in different rotations. 

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:
Urban:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Veterans; couple therapy

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision:
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Please note with regard to "exposure", "experience" "emphasis" areas checked above - some of these content areas are unique to one or more of the particular primary rotations.  Consequently, please review the program's online brochure for a more specific detailing of expected activities within each of the primary rotations as well as within the psychotherapy and assessment core rotations.

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/bedford-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/  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: 148 167 173 139 143
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 68 72 72 68 70
Total number of interns: 8 8 8 8 9
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 8 8 8 9
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 2 3 3 7
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 6 5 5 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 8 7 7 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 0 1 1 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
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 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: 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