The NWI internship is fully accredited, and described in detail in our brochure (soon to be updated):
(See https://www.nebraska.va.gov for general info about NWI)
The doctoral internship is a 52-week full-time training program in clinical psychology focused on training "excellent generalists" prepared for delivery of high quality care to rural and highly rural Veterans. The NWI Internship currently offers 7 training positions within 5 training tracks across the four training sites.
We accept Match I applications through Friday November 12th, 2020 at 11:59 PM (CST) for the APPIC MATCH in February 2021. The internship begins on Monday August 16, 2021. For the 2020-21 training year, we currently offer 7 training positions across the four training sites:
2 Grand Island VA
2 Lincoln VA ("SuperCBOC")
1 Norfolk CBOC
2 Omaha VAMC (two different tracks with 1 Intern position each)
All Interns achieve the same profession-wide competencies but have variations in the journey. Two tracks have rotations whereas the others do not, but follow the rotation calendar for the evaluation process. Grand Island-based Interns do this through 3x 16-week training rotations (PTSD, PCMHI, and General MH). Lincoln-based Interns will likely continue to participate in 2x 6-month outpatient rotations (PTSD and PCMHI), with about 8 hours per week devoted to General Mental Health across the training year. The two Omaha-based training tracks do not have rotations per se but also experience a diversity of clinical populations. The newest fifth Omaha-based training track has more emphasis on assessment ithan the other tracks but still has an emphasis on developing 'excellent generalist' intervention skills and is NOT a neuropsychology track per se.
One track - the “NWI – NO Rotations – Rural Norfolk CBOC”" track - has only 1 Intern on site and is the most rural of our training settings. The Norfolk-based intern functions within a primary care setting throughout the year, seeing a similar range of patient populations but not structured within rotations. The Norfolk-based Intern often chooses to travel on one or more Fridays a month to one of the other training sites of his or her choice, and irregularly a supervisor from another site may travel to Norfolk for Assessment Clinic activities. In addition, prior to the age of Covid, Interns would also meet in Norfolk or the other trainins sites the 2nd Wednesday of the month for rural-related education activities, peer supervision, and didactics. Other weekly didactics are shared across sites via V-tel. All Interns can do some travel with permission if meeting the basic internship expectations, but the Norfolk supervisor is only on-site M, T, W, & Th. Currently, travel is more limited due to Covid-19 but this may change as we get closer to the 2021-22 training year.
Applicants interviewed are eligible to rank any or all of the five tracks. All tracks are interviewed in one single interview in early January (if invited) with participating faculty representing the range of training sites. Each track is ranked separately by both applicant and NWI with a single interview using the five different Match numbers.
This is a single unified Internship program within a Scholar-Practitioner model with the goal of developing competent, well-rounded psychologists prepared for independent practice as “excellent generalists” in rural America. That said, the majority of our trainees go on to Post-Doctoral training with some going into entry level jobs. Training is the primary goal of the program, with delivery of patient care in a variety of clinical settings, consultation-liaison services, didactics, and supervision or mentoring as the primary methods of training. Interns work with a variety of Veterans in respect to background, cultures, age, and disabilities, and presenting concerns with a particular emphasis on developing the range of skills relevant to generalist rural practice. The goal is to meet all core competencies as defined by APA including development of core interprofessional competencies to allow graduates to become high functioning members of interprofessional health care teams.
The NWI 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.