Program Information: Psychological Services (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1529
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Coatesville VA Medical Center
Department: Psychological Services (116B)
Address: 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road
Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320-2096
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 40 miles west of Philadelphia
Phone: 610-384-7711x6823
Fax:
Email: amanda.vaught@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.coatesville.va.gov/careers/index.asp
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.coatesville.va.gov/careers/index.asp
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: Amanda Vaught
Chief Psychologist: Danielle Schade
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 26
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
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: 28586.00
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 11 Federal Holidays and 5 days of Approved Absence (not deducted from annual or sick leave) for attendance of conferences, postdoc/job interviews, and/or dissertation defense; 13 days of accrued annual leave/vacation and 13 days of accrued sick leave.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns' daily activities will vary according to the clinical rotations they are pursuing. Activities may involve participating in multidisciplinary care teams, providing individual or group therapies, conducting assessments, attending didactics, and engaging in supervision, for example.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? 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: 11/04/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

All interviews will be virtual and will mirror our previous in-person interviews. There will be four predetermined interview dates in the months of December and January. These interviews are day long experiences.  Two, members of the psychology internship training committee will meet with each candidate individually for a 90 minute interview with opportunities for the candidate to ask questions. Candidates will also receive a facility tour (via video), informal question-and-answer session and lunch with current interns. A general group orientation/overview of the program with the Director of Training and the Assistant Director of Training is also provided, and supervisors of rotations each provide a brief description of training experiences available in their rotation. We will provide an opportunity for interviewees to meet and greet many members of the training staff, as well as the directors of training throughout the interview day.  We will also provide a non-evaluative. optional open house if applicants are interested in coming to campus and "getting a feel" for our facilty.  Dates and times to be announced.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: James Madison University Yeshiva University Drexel University Immaculata University Chestnut Hill College Suffolk University Xavier University Indiana University Loyola University Maryland Antioch University Nova Southeastern University Reagent University Fairleigh Dickinson University Bowling Green State University Rutgers University- Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Temple University La Salle University Palo Alto University Rutgers University University of North Carolina—Charlotte CUNY-Queen's College University of Memphis West Chester University Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: See: https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf61.pdf (Standard Form 61 for full text of oath)
Other Requirements: Background Check for Federal service
Program Description

We offer two tracks. Our APPIC Program Code Numbers are: General Internship (4 positions): 152911 Neuropsychology Internship (2 positions): 152912. The internship program uses a Practitioner-Scholar model, to give the intern a broad range of direct assessment and treatment experiences with a variety of patients, using current evaluative and intervention techniques. The 30  staff psychologists typically involved in intern training represent various theoretical orientations assuring a broad range of training experiences. The internship year consists of three 4-month rotations. For General Track interns, rotations are chosen from a number of elective options, enabling the intern to receive both general training experiences, as well as specialized training in a selected area or areas. For Neuropsychology Track interns, one half-time rotation will be in neuropsychological testing, and one full-time rotation will be in testing and cognitive rehabilitation. All interns, regardless of their training track, take one half-rotation in our Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program/Outpatient Mental Health. The remainder of the training experience is selected by the intern from available rotations.

Several of the optional rotations are half-time, allowing the intern to gain experience in two optional areas. The current optional rotations include: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Unit (full time); Biofeedback Clinic (half time); Substance Abuse /SUD Outpatient (full time or half time); Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (half time); Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program/Outpatient Mental Health (half time); Program Administration (full time or half time); Primary Care Mental Health Integration (half time or full time), POWER (women's SUD) Program (half time); SUD Domiciliary Program (half time); and Home-Based Primary Care (half time). Occasionally, one or more rotations may be unavailable due to organizational priorities.

Interns often elect to partake in a half-year or full-year enrichment focus in which they carve out a few hours per week to focus and become proficient in a particular therapy or activity such as: CPT, DBT, personality assessment, research. CBT-I, etc. 

No more than 50% of the total internship may be spent in any one area (1.5 rotations). In addition, all interns participate in skill-building seminars in testing/assessment; therapeutic interventions; ethics and professional development; and supervision skills [using a live, peer-consultation model].

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

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty:
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: http://www.coatesville.va.gov/careers/index.asp   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: 209 108 168 114 136
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 45 47 48 56 56
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 5 6 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 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 8 9 7 3 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 64 165 144 90 75
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: 4 4 4 4 6
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 3 0 3 1 3
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0 1 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 2 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 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 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 2 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0