Program Information: Psychology Service (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1361
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Medical Center, Battle Creek
Department: Psychology Service (116B)
Address: 5500 Armstrong Road
Battle Creek, Michigan 49037-7314
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 123 mi west of Detroit; 193 mi east of Chicago
Phone: 269-966-5600x35150
Fax: 269-223-5793
Email: jessica.kinkela@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/battle-creek-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.va.gov/battle-creek-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/
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: Jessica Kinkela
Chief Psychologist: Scott Driesenga
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 40
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2021
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: 26234
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Guaranteed 5 days (paid absence) to engage in professional development.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Clinical hours are 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday
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:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Only VIRTUAL interviews are offered. No in-person visits can be accomodated.

Virtual format will involve interviews with two staff members as well as a meeting with the training director and 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:
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: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 0
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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
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: https://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/eligibility.asp
Program Description

Please see webpage

The Battle Creek VAMC doctoral internship offers FIVE positions, one per track. 

All tracks have the same aim: to develop competent health service psychologists who are ready to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level staff psychologist, such as at the VA-equivalent GS-11 level or advanced practice postdoctoral residency position.

Tracks are named after the rotation(s) the intern does during the first six months. Please visit our website or email the training director at jessica.kinkela@va.gov  for details. 

136113 Neuropsychology (1 position)

July through December: Monday & Wednesday with Dr. Bottoms; Tuesday and Thursday with Dr. Kinkela; Friday morning open

January through June: Rotations in Community Living Center (CLC), Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) , Palliative Care or other options that may become available.

136114 PCMHI & Pain (1 position)

July through December: Monday, Wednesday and Friday Morning with Dr. Steinsdoerfer in PCMHI; Tuesday and Thursday with Dr. Hooper in Pain

January through June: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with Dr. Knoll in PCMHI; Thursday, Friday morning with Dr. Najar in Women’s Health

136115 PCMHI & Women’s Health

July through December: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with Dr. Knoll in PCMHI; Thursday, Friday morning with Dr. Najar in Women’s Health

January through June: Monday, Wednesday and Friday Morning with Dr. Steinsdoerfer in PCMHI; Tuesday and Thursday with Dr. Hooper in Pain

136116 Residential & MHC

July through December: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with Dr.  Carbone in Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP); Wednesday and Friday morning with Dr. Forbis in Mental Health Clinic (MHC)

January through June: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Dr. Dietzel in PTSD Clinical Team (PCT); Monday and Friday morning with Dr. Bolton in Compensation & Pension (C&P)

136117 PTSD & C&P

July through December: TTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Dr. Dietzel in PCT; Monday and Friday morning with Dr. Bolton in C&P

January through June: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with Dr.  Carbone in PRRTP; Wednesday and Friday morning with Dr. Forbis in MHC

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: Military Veterans

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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 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/battle-creek-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: 82 83 83 70 70
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 48
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written >100 >100 >100 >100 >100
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 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 4 5 4 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1 3 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 1 1 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 1 1 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 4
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 1 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