Our APA accredited internship at the VA St. Louis Health Care System is designed to offer interns with extensive experience in providing care to an adult veteran population with particular emphasis upon evidence-based treatments oriented within a recovery, rehabilitation, and wellness framework. Our health care system includes two main campuses and several community-based facilities within St. Louis and the surrounding metro areas. Nearly all of our training rotations offer experiences within multidisciplinary teams. The internship year is divided into two, 6 month semesters. Each semester consists of two rotations that run the entire 6 month period. Each rotation meets two days per week. The fifth day of each week (Friday) is dedicated to didactic trainings and dedicated time for independent training activities tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of interns. Neuropsychology track interns spend their first semester of training in neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation clinics. Interns attend all of our Psychology Grand Rounds and Psychology Service meetings and many participate on psychology service councils (Practice Council, Cultural Competency Council) or hospital committees. Didactics include case presentations and intern-selected special topics. Enrichment seminars focus on instruction in 5 EBP therapy models, professional development, clinical supervision, and diversity seminar.
We have 5 general internship positions and 1 neuropsychology track position. Our main training clinics include: PTSD 1 (eras from 2000 and before) and PTSD 2 (recent eras), mental health clinic, inpatient psychiatry, primary care mental health integration, psychosocial recovery (SMI rehabilitation services), whole health, spinal cord injury, home based primary care, geropsychology, palliative care, and domiciliary care. Each year there may be some additional opportunities available, based upon staffing/availabiiity. We have also developed a training rotation option at Siteman Cancer Center and are in our sixth year of interns training in psycho-oncology. Our interns usually find ways to get additional training experiences based upon their interests. Please ask if there is an experience you do not see listed!
Our psychology staff works within a collegial environment where relationships and leadership are valued. Supervision is viewed to be a developmental process whereby interns are supported and challenged toward achieving benchmarks in competencies recommended by APA. All of our psychology supervisors are licensed doctoral psychologists.
We are looking for accomplished intern applicants who are enthusiastic about training within the VA system and providing care to veterans. We are looking for applicants representing diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives who are enthusiastic about working and living within our richly diverse St. Louis metropolitan community.