Program Information: VA Caribbean Healthcare System - Psychology Service (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1773
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Caribbean Healthcare System
Department: Psychology Service (116B)
Address: 10 Calle Casia
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00921-3201
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Location is in the San Juan Metro Area
Phone: 787-641-7582x112471
Fax: 787-641-5345
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Rafael Cancio-Gonzalez
Chief Psychologist: Ricardo Rodriguez-Medina
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 51
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 07/31/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26297
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Some authorized leave may be granted for off-site training activities and to defend dissertation. 11 Federal holidays. Professional liability coverage through the Federal Tort Claims Act. See brochure for details.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns allocate time each week to their various activities approximately as follows (depending on rotation assignment): • Psychotherapy 11 hours of individual, couples’ therapy • Group Psychotherapy 1-3 hours • Psychological Testing, Assessment, Consultation 4-5 hours • Individual Supervision 2-4 hours • Group Supervision 1-2 hours • Interns' Group 1-2 hours (once per month) • Seminars/Didactics 4 hours during the first 6 months of training about 1-2 hours per week thereafter. • Administrative or other rotation activities 7-10 hours
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: 11/07/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2023
Interview process description:

Interviews are conducted in January by 1 or 2 Faculty members. The interview is semi-structured, is conducted in Spanish and English (mostly Spanish), and seeks to obtain information on applicants' self-awareness, clinical experience, knowledge of theory and practice, work ethic, vocation, correspondence between expectations and program goals, language proficiencies, and attitude toward interdisciplinary work. Given that our program is oveseas from the Continental US, on-site interviews are preferred for potential out of region applicants to gather some impressions on how it would be like to train at an unique US jurisdiction. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler School of Professional Psychology, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology; Albizu University- San Juan, Ph.D and Psy.D. Clinical Psychology; Albuzu University, Miami, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Brigham Young University, Ph.D. Counseling and Clinical Psychology; Florida Institute of Technology, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology; Fordham University, Counseling Psychology; Fuller Theological Seminary, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology; John F. Kennedy University, CA, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology; Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology; Nova Southeastern University, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology; Our Lady of the Lake University- Counseling Psychology; Palo Alto University, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology; Ponce Health Sciences University, Ph.D and Psy.D Clinical Psychology; PGSP-Stanford University Psy.D. Consortium- Clinical Psychology; Texas A&M University Counseling and Clinical Psychology; The New School, NY, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology; University of La Verne, Psy.D, Clinical Psychology; University of Texas – Austin, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 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 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: Submit a de-identified copy of a real, signed psychological evaluation report. Please visit the website to access the program brochure for details about requirements.
Program Description

The Psychology Internship Program at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System is a full-time training experience designed to promote the professional development of interns consonant with current professional and ethical standards. Our model of training is practitioner-scholar.

Our Internship Program is committed to providing significant experiences needed to develop conscientious, ethical, and competent psychology professionals capable of providing high quality psychological services. We are equally committed to providing a culturally sensitive and relevant training experience for bilingual (Spanish-English) trainees. We aim at developing psychology professionals not only capable of providing services within traditional lines, but also capable of responding to emerging service delivery trends and professional challenges.  
Furthermore, we provide a learning environment, within which trainees are treated with courtesy and respect in the context of a collegial relationship with their supervisors and other staff members. We assume the obligation of respecting the interns' right to accessible training staff, close supervision, and support to successfully complete their training. The training model we follow is primarily experiential and has a strong emphasis on practice informed by science. Specifically, we follow a practitioner-scholar training model that seeks to integrate research findings, psychological theory, and practice. Consonant with this model, the program encourages and assists interns to utilize empirical research and to develop critical thinking skills, gain understanding of the scientific literature, and base case conceptualization and clinical interventions on theoretical foundations.  
The population we serve is primarily Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican and all our documentation is done in the English language. Interns must be capable of providing psychological services fluently in both Spanish and English. Bilingual applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

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


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

Veterans of the US Armed Forces, mostly of Latino ethnicity with Spanish as their main language.

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:  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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 28 43 54 84 57 39
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 17 22 24 30 20 22
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 1 1 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 3 3 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 3 4 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 9 10 9 8 17 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 14 18 17 19 22 19
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 2 0 0 0 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 4 4 4 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 2 3 4 4 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 1 0 0 0 2
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0