Department : Behavioral Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2212
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center
Department: Behavioral Health Services
Address: 325 East H Street
Iron Mountain, Michigan 49801
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 100 miles north of Green Bay WI
Phone: 906-774-3300x32774
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: Brenda Reed
Chief Psychologist: Thad Strom
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/17/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
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):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day includes between 25% and 60% of time spent conducting primarily individual but also some group psychotherapy either in general mental health or in geropsychology rotations. Also typical will be one hour of individual supervision, completion of any administrative materials, interdisciplinary consultation as-needed, assessment as-needed, and individual research/admin time. On General Mental Health/CBOC days, the work day also includes travel time to and from the main (Iron Mountain) facility usually from 8am-9:30am to get there, and then 3pm-4:30pm to return at end of the day.
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: 12/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/12/2023, 01/13/2023
Interview process description:

Candidates will be informed by e-mail no later than December 23, 2022 whether or not they have been invited for an interview. We are tentatively planning to give the option of in-person interviews if desired, but depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic exclusively virtual interviews may be necessary.  Interviewees will be informed if in-person remains an option in their interview offer. If needed and on a case-by-case basis, telephone interviews can be scheduled. Due to our remote location, virtual interviews are highly encouraged, and the interviewee's choice of virtual versus in-person interview will not be a factor in consideration for the match. We regard interviews as a two-way process: a chance for us to meet and learn more about you, and an opportunity for you to meet us and gain a better understanding of our program. Interviews will be conducted by Psychologists on the training committee, with the interviewee interviewed both in a 1:1 format by a single psychologist and also by a small group of psychologists on the committee. The total interview time should take about 2 hours, 90 minutes of formal interview, and 30 minutes of time to informally speak with the current intern class. An interview is required to match with our program. We adhere strictly to the selection process guidelines established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Tentative Interview Dates for 2023-2024 Training Year:  Thurs, January 12th and Friday, January 13th, 2023.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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 (if applicable): 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 25
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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 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:
Other Requirements: Interns will need a valid and unexpired driver's license - independent driving will be needed in this internship.
Program Description

The primary goal of the Oscar G. Johnson VAMC Doctoral Internship in Psychology is to provide interns with strong generalist training rooted in empirically supported practices.  Interns can expect to complete their Internship year being competent, independent, postdoctoral-level psychologists, which will enable them to work competently in rural areas, medical centers, outpatient settings, and within the Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System.

Although our psychology staff provides a number of specialized services, we believe that training at the internship level should be broadly based. As a rural training facility, we place special emphasis on learning to practice as a psychologist in this unique social and clinical environment. We seek to train interns in empirically supported practices suited to the Veteran population, and also in the adaptation of these skills to rural practice. Within this VAMC we serve primarily adult Veterans, but also work with some individuals who are still in active military service; the majority of our clients are older males, although a higher percentage of younger and female Veterans is presenting for service over time. Our rotations include both outpatient and geropsychology services, providing the intern a variety of experiences during the training year. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Veterans

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)

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: 25 0 26 18 59 9
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 8 0 9 12 42 7
Total number of interns: 0 0 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 0 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 1 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 2 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 0 2 2 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 0 3 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0 0 5 37
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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 0 2 1 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 1
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 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 0 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 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0