The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center psychology internship in Philadelphia, PA began in 2011. The program received initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association in March, 2013, and an accreditation site visit was held in 2021. Six internship slots are available. New for next training year, one of the positions will meet the general internship requirements but will also have year-long training in clinical neuropsychology. Please note the separate match number for this position. You may apply to one or both positions.
Four 6-month rotations will be selected based on intern training needs and interests. Two rotations are required, and reflect strengths of the CMC VA as well as areas of focus for the VA Nationally. One required rotation is working in a patient-centered medical home model of care (Primary Care-Mental Health Integration or Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention) and one rotation is robust training in Evidence-Based Therapies. Other optional rotations include: PTSD Clinical Team, Inpatient Psychiatry, Comorbid PTSD and Substance Use Disorders, Home-Based Primary Care, Sleep Clinic, Pain Clinic, and Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program. Interns also have an outpatient clinic therapy supervisor throughout the year who supervises a small caseload of cases from the outpatient mental health clinic. Alternatively, a year-long track in Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy involving a seminar and supervised practice is available. Interns also have an assessment supervisor as a minor part of the internship.
In addition, the internship is packed with didactic and other learning opportunities. All interns participate in a 2 hour weekly didactic series on a variety of topics, 1 hour weekly group supervision, and monthly journal clubs on assessment, motivational interviewing, and cultural competence. Interns receive training in several evidence-based treatments over the course of the training year including Prolonged Exposure, CBT for Depression, Motivational Interviewing, CBT for insomnia, CBT for chronic pain, Competency-based training in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, and ACT. Additional educational opportunities are available throughout the internship. All interns will work with a faculty member and have the ability to conduct a relatively small research project by the end of the training year.
The philosophy of our psychology training program is best described as scholar-practitioner. We advocate the integration of clinical research with clinical practice. Our training model is developmental and designed to promote professional competence through a sequence of training experiences that are graded in complexity.
More broadly, the CMC VA in Philadelphia is located in an urban location, serving Veterans who are racially/ethnically diverse. CMCVAMC Psychology is organized as a section within Behavioral Health and has grown in the past ten years to over 60 doctoral level psychologists working in a wide range of clinical and research settings. The CMCVAMC has an extensive history of excellence in health profession education, is home to five VA Centers of Excellence, and is adjacent to and closely affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, offering an atmosphere of rigorous academic research and clinical applications. In recognition of our diverse Veteran population, our Psychology Department strives to enhance culturally-competent care through the opportunities provided by the interprofessional Diversity Team and Psychology training program.