Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2302
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Department: Psychology
Address: 2360 East Pershing Blvd.
Mental Health - 116
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Distance from Major City: 100 miles north of Denver, CO
Phone: 307-920-0543x
Fax:
Email: Tamara.Morris@va.gov
Web Address: http://www.cheyenne.va.gov/education/Psychology_Training.asp
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.cheyenne.va.gov/education/Psychology_Training.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: Tamara Morris
Chief Psychologist: Rodney Haug
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 17
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26297
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life 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 Typical work tour is 8:00-4:30 pm, participating in 2 major rotations over the course of the year in addition to year-long assessment, and adjunctive experiences. Interns participate in interdisciplinary team meetings, receive individual and group supervision, and attend weekly didactics covering a wide range of topics.
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?Yes
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: 11/13/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/23/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified about an interview via e-mail. 

Dates for the virtual interviews are as follows:

  • Monday December 13th 

  • Tuesday December 14th

  • Wednesday December 15th 

  • Thursday December 16th 

  • Friday December 17th
  • Saturday December 18th 

Our interview day allows the opportunity for formal one on one interviews with multiple faculty, along with an opportunity to see our training facilities virtually. All applicants will have the opportunity to interact with current interns. 

 Full brochure: http://www.cheyenne.va.gov/education/Psychology_Training.asp

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University; Argosy University, Southern California; Chicago School of Professional Psychology; CSPP at Alliant International University, Fresno, CA; George Fox University; Midwestern University; Pacific University; Regent University; University of Denver; University of Nebraska; University of Northern Colorado; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Wyoming; Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology; Xavier 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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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: As noted in our internship brochure... Male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26 to be eligible for any US government employment, including selection as a paid VA trainee. Male applicants must sign a pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they can be processed into a training program. Exceptions can be granted only by the US Office of Personnel Management; exceptions are very rarely granted. Matched interns are subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Match result and selection decisions are contingent on passing these screens. Please view the following link for additional information regarding the background check: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/codification/executive-order/10450.html VA conducts drug screening exams on randomly selected personnel as well as new employees. Interns are not required to be tested prior to beginning work, but once on staff they are subject to random selection for testing as are other employees.
Program Description

The doctoral internship at the Cheyenne VA Health Care System is a fully accredited program effective 11/14/2017 by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Our next site visit occured in April 2021 and we anticipate continued accreditation. 

The Cheyenne VA Health Care System (CVAHCS) Psychology Internship Program is based on the Scholar-Practitioner training model. The training program’s goal is to create a supportive, collegial atmosphere that is committed to training future psychologists in the scientific practice of psychology. During the internship year, trainees will receive strong generalist training with an emphasis on evidence-based psychotherapies.   

The Cheyenne internship training program follows the professional developmental model, in which trainees will gradually progress from close supervision to more independent functioning over the course of each rotation and throughout the year. The competencies were developed to be sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. It is expected that interns demonstrate growth during the training year in the identified competencies as they receive clinical supervision and ongoing feedback regarding their progress. Furthermore, interns are expected to learn to function as professional psychologists in close collaboration with other disciplines in a VA medical facility and outpatient clinics. Interns completing the program should be fully prepared for further postdoctoral training or entry-level professional positions working with adult and older adult patient populations with a variety of mental health concerns.

Please see web site for full brochure: http://www.cheyenne.va.gov/education/Psychology_Training.asp

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking:
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Veterans

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

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: http://www.cheyenne.va.gov/education/Psychology_Training.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 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 47 46 44 38 28
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 35 25 23 26
Total number of interns: 3 2 2 3 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 2 2 3 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 2 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 22 7 4 17
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 69 24 20 9 30
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 1 0 1 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 2 0 3
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0