Program Information: Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2215
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Spokane VAMC Psychology Internship
Department: Behavioral Health
Address: Spokane VAMC
4815 N. Assembly Ave.
Spokane, Washington 99205
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 240 miles west to Seattle
Phone: 509-434-7013x6233
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: Patrick Metoyer
Chief Psychologist: Brandy Henson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 15
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26297
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 11 paid holidays, use of federal vehicle for most work-related commutes, if necessary.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site 50-60% of day seeing patients for individual/group therapy, 10% didactic/training, 10-20% completing paperwork/reports, 10% in supervision.
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: 11/03/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/21/2022
Tentative interview date: 1/4/2023, 1/5/2023
Interview process description:

Due to COVID-19 precautions, all interviews with occur virtually. There will be two dates Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, and Thursday, Jan 5, 2022.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Pacific University (Portland), George Fox University, Georgia State University, John F. Kennedy University, Argosy University (Irvine), Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Loma Linda University, Alliant University (San Francisco, San Diego, Fresno), Adler School of Professional Psychology, Roosevelt University (Chicago), University of Buffalo, University of Alaska, University of Illinois Champagne, University of Wyoming, Seattle Pacific University, William Patterson University (New Jersey), Spalding University (Kentucky).
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 ranking 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):
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
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:
Program Description

The Spokane VAMC Behavioral Health Service has grown in recent years, and there are now 15 psychologists at the Spokane VAMC and the variety of training opportunities has grown substantially.  The Spokane VA serves both a rural and an urban population from a very large catchment area, so interns will work with this diverse population extensively.  Interns will participate in the General Behavioral Health clinic where they will conduct intake evaluations, provide both individual and group therapy, and will be a member of at least one Behavioral Health treatment team.  Interns will be supervised in at least two evidence-based practices, and supervision in longer term, psychodynamic therapy is also available.  Minor rotations at Spokane include the PTSD program, neuropsychology, primary care/mental health integration, outpatient substance abuse, the community living center, and inpatient psychiatric unit.   Interns will also participate in a weekly 2 hour didactic series that is taught by our faculty, and will be asked to lead a monthly journal club as well.   Eastern Washington is a  geographically beautiful area with a host of outdoor activities available along with very affordable housing and cost of living.











Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
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%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

How much experience an intern gathers in the above areas depends to an extent on what minor rotations they choose.

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: 80 72 68 63 56
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 25 26 24 27 25
Total number of interns: 4 3 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 3 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 3 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 2 4 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 6 6 13 6 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 22 16 27 12 15
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: 4 3 1 3 4 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 3
Health Maintenance Organization: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 3 1 1 1 0
Military Medical Center: 0 1 1 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 2 0
Other Medical Center: 1 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 1 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 1 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 1 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0