Site Name: VAMC Chillicothe
Applicants are notified of the program’s desire to invite them for an interview by email. We plan to offer both in-person and a virtual day-long interview options. The interview process is designed to allow both our site and applicants to gather information. We will hold interviews on 3 or 4 different dates (approximate): 12/17/21, 1/6/22, and 1/12/22, 1/17/22. Each applicant will have three individual interviews lasting between 30 to 45 minutes. A portion of the interview is set aside to answer the applicants questions. We attempt to match applicants to interviewers based on their specified interests for major and minor rotations. However, this is not always possible due to high interest in a particular rotation, illness, vacations, or supervisors not being available on the only date an applicant can schedule an interview. We also provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions of the current interns. We provide a question and answer period for applicants to ask questions of the training directors and rotation supervisors.
The primary goal of the Chillicothe VAMC Psychology Internship program is to expand upon academic graduate studies with the knowledge and skills of evidence-based clinical practice as a psychologist. Our goal is to prepare Interns for entry level or postdoctoral positions in the field of professional psychology with particular emphasis on practice, as it relates to both the public and private sector, rural medical and mental health settings. To this end, we emphasize the development of intermediate to advanced skills in the profession wide competencies of psychology, in addition to facilitating further development of relative expertise in an area of emphasis (e.g., PTSD, Serious Mental Illness).
The Psychology Internship has a focus on rural psychology with an Appalachian Veteran population. Interns will be expected to become knowledgeable of the specific challenges and health disparities to which Appalachian Veterans are vulnerable. Additionally, interns will be expected to develop behavioral competency for culturally-sensitive delivery of services to rural Appalachian Veterans.
Our training program's philosophy for the education and training of doctoral psychology interns is best characterized as a practitioner-scholar model. Students are taught to use science in the service of clinical practice. This is a process that guides all decisions regarding training objectives. The psychology staff views the development of knowledge and skills related to evidence-based treatments as critical to competence in professional practice, and actively guide students through the process of incorporating evidence-based practices into their clinical work across rotations and through didactic experiences.
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We offer 7 different major rotations and 6 minor rotations. An intern's experience will be different depending on rotation assignment. We have rotations with a range of emphasis areas, including: PTSD, general outpatient mental health clinic, inpatient acute psychiatry, severe mental illness, geropsychology, primary care mental health integration, pain psychology, telepsychology, and substance use disorders.
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.