Program Information: Behavioral Health (116)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1401
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
Department: Behavioral Health (116)
Address: 400 Veterans Avenue (116)
Biloxi, Mississippi 39531
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 77 miles from New Orleans, LA and 54 miles from Mobile, AL.
Phone: 228-523-4999x34999
Fax:
Email: Walter.Ware2@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/gulf-coast-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.va.gov/gulf-coast-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: Walter Ware
Chief Psychologist: Donna Bar-Navon
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 12
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/18/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
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, Licensing Exam Release Time, 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 at Gulf Coast VA spend approximately 28 hours per week in their primary rotation activities. This time includes providing direct clinical services (individual and/or group psychotherapy, personality and cognitive assessment, crisis intervention, etc.), individual supervision with the rotation supervisor(s), and completing administrative tasks. Interns are expected to average 11-12 hours of direct clinical contact per week throughout the internship year in order to fulfill accreditation standards and meet requirements for licensing in most states. In addition to the primary rotation, 4 hours per week are devoted to the intern's long-term project, and interns participate in a full day of didactics on Thursdays.
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: 12/05/2021 12:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/20/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/06/2022
Interview process description:

In response to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, APPIC Match interviews will remain completely digital via Microsoft Teams, but will retain the same general organization of face-to-face interviews. All interviews will occur January 2022 across 4-5 interview dates that are roughly half a day in duration. Aspects of the interview days will be an overview of our program, various training rotations that we offer that are "pitched" by training faculty, 3-5 standardized interview panels with rotation faculty and current doctoral interns, and time to meet with only the current doctoral interns to ask any questions that are not better addressed by training faculty. 

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: 2008 - Present: Palo Alto University – Clinical PhD Carlow University – Counseling PsyD Seattle Pacific University – Clinical PhD Roosevelt University – Clinical PsyD University of Southern Mississippi – Counseling PhD PGSP Stanford Consortium – Clinical PsyD Wright Institute – Clinical PsyD Florida Institute of Technology – Clinical PsyD Central Michigan University – Clinical PhD University of Akron – Counseling PhD Fielding Graduate University – Clinical PhD Ball State University – Counseling PhD Georgia School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Atlanta – Clinical PsyD University of Oklahoma-Norman – Counseling PhD Marshall University – Clinical PsyD Western Michigan University – Clinical PhD St. Louis University – Clinical PhD Pacific Graduate School of Psychology – Clinical PhD Texas A&M University – Counseling PhD Biola University – Clinical PhD University of Kentucky – Clinical PhD Louisiana State University – Clinical PhD Rosalind Franklin University – Clinical PhD Florida State University – Clinical PhD University of North Texas – Clinical Health Psychology PhD Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology – PsyD Texas Tech University – Counseling PhD Fairleigh Dickinson University – Clinical PhD Florida Institute of Technology – Clinical PsyD University of Southern Mississippi – Clinical PhD Univ. of North Texas – Clinical Ph.D. Univ. of South Carolina – Clinical Ph.D. Wheaton College – Clinical PsyD Case Western Reserve University—Clinical Ph.D. Argosy University—Phoenix—Clinical Psy.D. George Fox University—Clinical Psy.D. Catholic University—Clinical Ph.D. Eastern Michigan University—Clinical Ph.D. University of Indianapolis—Clinical Psy.D. La Salle University—Clinical Psy.D. Auburn University – Clinical, Ph.D. Roosevelt University – Clinical Psy.D. Louisiana Tech University – Clinical Ph.D. University of South Dakota – Clinical Ph.D. Alliant International University -- Clinical Psy.D. Mercer University -- Clinical Psy.D. Northwest University -- Counselling Psy.D. Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Clinical Psy.D. William James College - Clinical Psy.D. Nova Southeaster University - Clinical Psy.D. Adler University - Clinical Psy.D. University of Colorado-Denver - Clinical Ph.D.
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 start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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

Our APA-accredited doctoral internship training program adheres to a generalist training model offering a broad range of training opportunities with a rural Veteran population. Our goal is to help interns become competent, ethical and thoroughly trained health service psychologists who will go on to distinguished careers. We have a diverse training faculty and adult patient population situated in a large medical center setting. In addition to assessment and intervention training and supervision, interns will consult and work with a variety of other disciplines who particularly value psychological input. Interns attend weekly seminars (cognitive and neuropsychology, diagnostics and psychopathology, evidence-based treatments, psychological assessment, biological bases and psychopharmacology, social-culture-communication) and other educational activities designed to broaden and hone their professional development. Three four-month rotations are selected by each intern, with the potential to diversify the training experience even further by participating in split rotation experiences (i.e., pursuing two separate rotations, for half the training week each).  Current rotation offerings include Outpatient Mental Health, Acute Inpatient, Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, Geropsychology, Neuropsychological Assessment, Military Sexual Trauma, and Residential-Substance Use Disorders-Chronic Mental Illness treatment programs.  Additional rotation opportunities may also be available in the future based on faculty availability-interest. At the end of each rotation, comprehensive written competency evaluations are required with supervisors rating interns and interns rating the rotation and supervisor.  Interns at our facility also have the opportunity to hone their leadership skills through serving as Chief Intern.  A highlight of our internship program is the commitment and dedication of our training faculty, who participate in training on a strictly voluntary basis. For more detailed information about rotations, seminars, training faculty, etc., please see our brochure at: 

 

Internships And Fellowships | VA Gulf Coast Health Care | Veterans Affairs

https://www.va.gov/gulf-coast-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/

 

*In the event the website is delayed in it's yearly updates, please reach out to the Director of Internship-Externship Training, Walter B Ware, PsyD, MSCP, pertaining to obtaining the most recent revision of the training program's brochure via email @ Walter.Ware2@va.gov.  

 

 

 

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: Yes
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: 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:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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 :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Administration: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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/gulf-coast-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: 75 73 53 47 32
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 53 42 39 39 29
Total number of interns: 6 5 7 7 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 5 7 7 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 3 2 0 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 6 2 5 7 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 3 5 7 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 2 2 0 1
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 6 2 10 14 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 73 42 45 37 24
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: 5 3 4 3 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 1 0 2 1
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: 2 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 2 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 2 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 2 0