Program Information: Mental Health & Behavioral Science

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2217
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Department: Mental Health & Behavioral Science
Address: 600 South 70th Street (116)
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Multiple Training Sites: Lincoln, NE (50 miles west of Omaha, NE) & Grand Island, NE (100 miles west of Lincoln, NE) & Norfolk, NE (75 miles North of Omaha, NE) & Omaha Nebraska
Phone: 402-489-3802x256883
Fax: 402-486-7872
Email: jocelyn.ritchie@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/Nebraska/index.asp
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/Nebraska/index.asp
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: A. Jocelyn Ritchie
Chief Psychologist: Krista Krebs PhD
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/16/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26234
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 Federal Holidays Discretionary: "AA" or Authorized Absence may be granted for up to 5 days for limited purposes - job interviews, post-doc interviews, dissertation defense - at the discretion of the Chief of Psychology and Training Director. These 5 days do not include additional AA granted for training activities deemed by the Training Director to be part of the Internship training itself (e.g., attending the Nebraska Psychological Association Fall and/or Spring conferences; attending VA-sponsored training elsewhere). Some additional discretionary "travel-related equivalent time off" for travel outside of regularly scheduled tour hours can, if granted, be used for specified education-related purposes described in brochure. Note: Prior to the age of Covid, Interns would typically have up to 40 hours of this "travel-related equivalent time off" but travel has now been curtailed somewhat; the conditions for the 2021-22 training year may increase or decrease these opportunities.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns spend at least 25% of Internship time in direct clinical care which includes both group and individual therapy as well as assessment. The rest of time is spent in supervision, report writing, didactics and other training such as preparing case presentations and didactic presentations plus rotation projects.. The minimum expectation (scheduled tour) is 8:00AM-4:30PM unless prior permission is granted for an alternative schedule. Interns are required to be on site M-F 8-4:30 unless arranged otherwise (40 hours per week). Interns can average 44 or so hours per week, depending on caseload and pre-existing skill sets, however. Interns have supervision on various days across the work week. There are two group supervision times common for all Interns to meet with each other and supervisors from several sites; times and weekdays may vary for class of 2021-22 but currently for 2019-20 have included a 60-min Monday 8AM group supervision, and a 3-4:30 Assessment Clinic group supervision on Mondays, the latter changing to 10:30 to noon on Fridays for the 2020-21 training class). Interns also participate in at least 2 hours of individual supervision per week with days based on the schedules of the Intern and their on-site supervisor. Interns spend most of their intervention time with individual patients in all rotations and depending on training site and rotation may be able to lead or co-lead psychoeducational and evidence-based psychotherapy groups. There is time for therapy documentation and assessment report writing reserved within the schedule. For most training sites, the equivalent of day a week (8 hours) is devoted to Assessment Clinic which is typically in one full day but can be broken up as needed. One of the two Omaha-based positions (housed in Polytrauma not MH and new in the 2020-21 training year) has a greater emphasis on assessment than the other positions, with plans for approximately 16 to 20 hours per week in assessment (depending on individual training goals), and at least 12 or so hours per week in other clinical duties, usually individual or group intervention. Interns have mailboxes which they check during the day, but most communication is via IM, email or face-to-face, with encryption or other security measures when patient information is handled. There is a half-hour for lunch and depending on the rotation, often followed by 30-minute protected time for Interns (if they so choose) to text or video-chat with each other across training sites via the VA IM system (currently Business Skye but this is currently changing to Teams and WebEx and may change again before the 2021-22 training year). Interns also come together from all 4 training sites via V-tel for weekly didactics that are internal to VA NWI which may originate from any of the four NWI training sites. More information is available on our brochure on the VA NWI training webpage which will be updated to reflect recent changes. There is roughly 3 hours per month of Supervision Skills Training time with a focus on hand-on application of supervision skills including both peer supervision of real cases as well as role plays of specific skills. There are practicum students in Lincoln and Omaha but not at the other training sites, so opportunities to supervise practicum students varies across internship training sites.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?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: 11/30/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2021
Interview process description:

Applicants can choose to apply to any combination of the four training sites (Grand Island, Lincoln, Norfolk and Omaha) through 5 different Match numbers.  The training sites are ranked separately by both applicant and Internship.  There is a single interview process that is sufficient for any or all of the training sites of interest.  Interviews for all five tracks will all take place via phone or available virtual platforms, with NWI faculty from most or all of the four main training sites in attendance. 

Interview dates are typically early in January on a Thursday and Friday, with a possible additional day added if needed.  

Internships are being strongly encouraged to offer virtual interviews in this age of Covid.  Applicants who have interviewed may also choose to participate in one or more optional anonymous telephone conference calls for Q&A to get more information about the program and each of the training sites than may be available during the interview.  Details regarding the optional telephone conference calls are provided to candidates after they are invited to interview.

The virtual platform available for interviews at our VA will be outlined in the interview invitation; at this point the preferred platform is likely to be Cisco WebEx although this may change and other platforms may also be available.

Individuals with disabilties requesting reasonable accommodations under ADA and the Federal Rehabilitation Act are asked to do so in writing as soon as possible after an invitation to interview has been offered in order to faciliate the interview process.

For more information about our five training tracks and the application process, as well as our description of "best fit," please see our webpage for our brochure which is being updated for the 2021-22 training year.  This has not yet been done as of this date but most of the information in the current brochure are applicable to our training program overall.  The brochure can be found at the following website and if updated this will be readily apparent with the application date will be for November of 2020 (not 2019 for the 2020-21 training class): 

https://www.nebraska.va.gov/nemprov/Student_Training_Information/Psychology_Internship.asp

In addition, please see the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa website for more information about NWI more generally.

https://www.nebraska.va.gov

Due to staffing changes impacting availability of supervision, the number of Interns at the Grand Island and Lincoln training sites have been reduced to 2 each for the 2020-21 training year and this is expected to continue into the future.  The same number of slots remain, however.  For the 2021-22 training year we plan to continue with the two Omaha-based tracks, each of which offer one position (aka "Omaha-VAMC" and "Omaha-Poly"). 

One Omaha-based position ("Omaha-VAMC") is similar to the other training sites in that it is primarily clinical with a rural focus, withapproximately 8 hours weekly for a year-long Assessment Clinic training experience.  it is housed in the Mental Health Clinic in the main Omaha VAMC hospital. 

The other Omaha-based position ("Omaha-Poly") has a greater assessment focus, with up to 16 to 20 hours a week of assessment, and the rest devoted to clinical interventions (individual and group).  This is NOT a neuropsychology track, but rather assessment more generally (including neuropsychology) and in concert with continuing excellent generalist expectations.  It is housed in the Polytrauma Support Clinic just across the street.  Both Omaha-based Interns will participate in the shared didactics and group supervision with the rest of the trainee class, as well as occasional travel to other training sites to meet as a larger group face-to-face.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Howard University, University of Kansas, California Lutheran University, University of North Dakota, University of Southern Alabama, University of St. Thomas, Midwestern University- Glendale, William James College, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Regent University, Fielding Graduate University, Georgia Professional Psychology Argosy-Atlanta, Adler University, The Chicago Professional School of Psychology (all campuses), Arizona School of Professional Psychology, Divine Mercy University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Florida School of Professional Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Twin Cities, American School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Southern California, Alliant International University - CSPP Los Angeles, Alliant International University - CSSP San Diego, University of New Mexico, University of Idaho, Ponce Health Sciences University, Antioch University-Seattle, University of La Verne University, Brigham Young University, Azusa Pacific University, National Louis University,
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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 30
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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 NWI internship is fully accredited, and described in detail in our brochure (soon to be updated):

https://www.nebraska.va.gov/nemprov/Student_Training_Information/Psychology_Internship.asp

(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. 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking:
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: All patients are Veterans spanning ages of 20 or so to 80's or 90's. More men than women but a growing number of women. Many returning Vets are also students through their GI Bill benefits. Some patients are Spanish-speaking or have other first languages.

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: At this time, supervision of practicum students is available at the Lincoln VA and Omaha VAMC training sites only depending on extern placements.. There are opportunities for peer supervision built into the training schedule across all sites, as well as didactics and other learning about supervision more generally for Interns across all four training sites. There are a number of opportunities for learning consultation skills within interdisciplinary team processes.

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision:
Research:
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

For more information please see our webpage. 

https://www.nebraska.va.gov/nemprov/Student_Training_Information/Psychology_Internship.asp

 

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: https://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/Nebraska/index.asp  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
Number of Completed Applications: 39 42 42 32
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 35 30 30
Total number of interns: 7 8 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 8 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 4 4 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 4 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 8 7 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 3 5 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 45 30 30 55
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 7 6 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 2 2
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0