Program Information: Psychology Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1414
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Durham VA Medical Center
Department: Psychology Service
Address: Psychology Service (116B)
Mental Health Service Line
508 Fulton Street
Durham, North Carolina 27705-3875
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: (Durham -- just a few miles from Research Triangle, Raleigh, Chapel Hill)
Phone: 919-286-0411x177562
Fax:
Email: Jessica.Fulton@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/durham-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-program/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.va.gov/files/2021-09/DVAMC_Internship%20Brochure%202021.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: Jessica Fulton
Chief Psychologist: Stacey Kovac
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 30
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
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: 27327
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 Federal holidays; 13 annual leave days; 13 sick leave days; professional leave (6 days, with additional days for conference presentations / travel, subject to approval); intern can choose from several federal employee health benefits plans. Professional leave granted for conference attendance, postdoc interviews, dissertation defense, and graduation ceremony.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Throughout the training year, interns are engaged in a variety of clinical / training activities in two different 6-month rotations, on four days (M - Th); these two rotations (each amounting to two days per week) are the primary clinical experiences. In total, interns complete four "halftime" rotations over the course of the year. On Fridays, Durham VAMC interns have at least four (4) hours of protected research / program evaluation time - and also may participate in evidence-based psychotherapy (e.g., CPT ) consultation groups. Didactic series and other learning activities fall primarily on Fridays and one other day per week. Generally, interns work 40 - 45 hours per week; but, the expectation is 40 hours per week. The routine workday is 8:00am - 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?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: 11/01/2021 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: 12/3/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

We offer virtual interviews; we will potentially have an open house for interested candidates to visit our site.

4 interview dates will be offered to invited internship candidates, including two interview dates in December (December 14 and 15, 2021) and two in January (January 19 and 20, 2022).  (Note:  We will make every effort to accommodate candidates' interview date preferences.)             

Interview day consists of 60 minute overview of program; group meetings with rotation supervisors; 3 individual interviews with 2 faculty per interview; plus, both a group (over lunch) and one individual meeting with current (2021-2022) interns.

(Note:  Requests to meet with specific rotation supervisors will be accommodated, to the extent possible.  But, interview dates with larger numbers of candidates may make specific supervisor interviews impracticable.)

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Washington; Boston University; San Diego State University / UC-San Diego - Joint Program; Duke University; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; University of Georgia; West Virginia University; Virginia Tech; Emory University; University of North Carolina - Greensboro; University of North Texas; University of Tulsa; University of Houston; U of Southern Mississippi; SDSU / UCSD; Jackson State University; University of Binghamton / SUNY; Case Western Reserve University; Northern Illinois University; Temple University; Florida State University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Memphis; University of Missouri-Columbia; University of Missouri-St. Louis; Drexel University; University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; University of Nevada-Las Vegas; University of Toledo; Saint Louis University; University of New Mexico; Louisiana State University; University of Utah; Mississippi State University; Kent State University; University of South Carolina; University of Rochester; University of Notre Dame
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
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 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: n/a
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The Durham VA Medical Center (VAMC) Psychology Internship is located in Durham, NC, the most ethnically diverse of the major communities in the state. The veteran patient population is simililarly diverse, and providers serve intergenerational Veterans from a wide range of ethnic, religious, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identities. The Durham VAMC Internship Program provides a one-year (12-month), full-time training experience for clinical and counseling psychology doctoral (PhD or PsyD) students from APA- or CPAaccredited programs. The program provides broad-based, culturally competent, generalist training in clinical assessment, intervention, consultation, research/scholarly inquiry, and clinical supervision across 4 rotation (each six months in duration). There are rotations for training in psychological and neuropsychological assessment, and for training in interventions with adults and families in geriatric settings, medically-based settings including physical rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and specialty clinics (e.g., PTSD, Addictions).The Program has been in existence for more than 40 years and is accredited by the APA’s Commission on Accreditation. Our program adheres to a scientistpractitioner philosophy of training. The program formally integrates science and practice in many ways including didactic seminars on practice issues that are based on current empirical literature, required participation in research and/or other scholarly activities (e.g., program evaluation) during the internship year, the use of empirically-validated and -supported assessment and clinical interventions, and encouragement and provision of administrative leave to attend scientific meetings.Psychology faculty are committed to contributing to the development of well-rounded, competent clinical psychologists prepared for the independent practice of health service psychology, as well as developing clinically-informed researchers and faculty. We offer formal mentorship in the areas of diversity, research, and professional development. 

Cultural humility and socially responsive training are integral to the mission of our training program at the Durham VA. We recognize the importance of acknowledging and supporting individual differences in our trainees, and within relationships between our trainees, staff, and patients. We work to identify, respect, and nurture the unique personal attributes that an individual brings to each relationship, and believe that an inclusive training environment is foundational to fostering authenticity and belonging among trainees and staff and to nurturing professional psychologists capable of providing socially responsive and culturally sensitive practice, consultation, and research. To that end, we promote an awareness of, and sensitivity to, individual and cultural diversity identities across multiple settings during the training year through discussions during supervision, seminars, and workshops and offer an optional diversity mentorship program.

The Durham VA Medical Center is located in the heart of the Bull City (Durham, NC) and sits adjacent to the Duke University Medical Center and Duke University campuses. Durham is a richly diverse city, home to a greater makeup of ethnic minority groups than any of the five largest cities in North Carolina. Durham is also home to a large and thriving LGBTQ community, and was named the Most Tolerant City in the US in 2012 by The Daily Beast. The Triangle region, comprised of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, is situated halfway between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the beautiful beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Travel to the region is facilitated by a number of major highways, bus and rail lines (Durham Station), and international airports (RDU, CLT, PTI) allowing for easy access to and from other metropolitan areas or international desinations. Cultural, historical, educational, and natural amenities abound, and Durham has gained notoriety as a one of the best places to live, work, and play. Durham offers the sophistication of an urban setting, while retaining it’s small town charm and history. It is full of funky cafés, rich music history, and local artisans and restauranteurs.

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: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Home-based primary care

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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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/durham-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-program/  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: 151 162 155 157 164
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 57 58 58 57 60
Total number of interns: 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 7 7 7 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 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 9 4 6 12 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 83 57 43 55 38
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: 7 8 8 0 7
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 6 5 5 8 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 1 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: 2 3 1 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 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 1