Program Information: Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks - Mental Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2337
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks
Department: Mental Health
Address: 1100 N College Ave
Bldg 44
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: We are located 110 miles east of Tulsa and 200 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Phone: 479-443-4301x67515
Fax: 479-444-4095
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: Jim Fuendeling
Chief Psychologist: Jenny Bivona
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/28/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 33469
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability 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 A standard work day for interns is 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Interns will typically work on clinical rotations on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our seminars, didactics, and group supervision are concentrated on Thursdays. Interns have private offices with their own computers and phone extensions which facilitates managing their clinical schedules and working efficiently. Telework has been possible during the pandemic, but has not been required. Continuing availability of telework for interns will depend on public health conditions and national VA policy. Most clinical activities take place in the Mental Health building (or by telehealth). Exceptions include: the Homebased Primary Care rotation, which involves travel to Veterans' homes with a supervisor; and the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program which is in a separate building a few hundred yards away. Interns are provided ample supervision that is scheduled in coordination with clinical supervisors. Interns typically tell us that they have more than adequate time to complete paperwork and report writing. Neuropsychology interns, in particular, have protected time for writing reports.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
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: 02/23/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

For Phase II of the 2023 Match, we anticipate that all interviews will be virtual and conducted by either Teams or WebEx.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University at Buffalo, Idaho State University, Fielding Graduate University, CSPP San Diego, ASPP Washington DC, Arizona School of Professional Psychology, Midwestern University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Biola University, St Louis University, Mississippi State University, University of Central Arkansas, Palo Alto University, Alliant International University/CSPP Los Angeles, Duquesne University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Irvine, Fuller Theological Seminary, University of Indianapolis, Hofstra University, Pacific University, East Tennessee State University, Marquette 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 application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
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 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 a VA internship, we accept applications from US Citizens who are enrolled in doctoral programs in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or combined Clinical and Counseling programs that are accredited by APA, CPA, or PCSAS. We will also consider applicants who already hold a doctorate and are participating in a formal re-specialization program that is accredited by APA or CPA. Applicants who are between the ages of 18 and 25 and who were born male must be registered with the selective service. All VA employees, including interns, are subject to fingerprinting, background checks, random drug screening, and VA flu and COVID vaccination policy.
Program Description

The Psychology Internship at VHSO is a full-time, one year internship which will begin on the fourth Monday of August. Our internship setting is a comprehensive VA Medical Center that includes a 73 bed hospital with a psychiatric ward, primary care clinics, and diverse outpatient clinics including optometry, dentistry, audiology, speech pathology, and—of course—mental health. A new inpatient mental health unit is under construction right next to the outpatient mental health building where most internship activities take place. Our training calendar is built around three trimesters of four months each. When applying for Phase II of the 2023 Match, interns should indicate their interest in one of our three areas of focus. Interns will generally work in their chosen area of focus throughout the training year. They will also complete minor rotations that may be arranged for one or more trimesters each. Please note that our focus areas have changed since our current brochure was published. Our focus areas in Neuropsychology and Trauma Recovery remain as described in the brochure. However, due to staffing changes, we will not offer a focus in General Mental Health for the 2023-2024 training year. Dr. Rachel Jones, one of our General Mental Health psychologists, is transferring full time to our Primary Care Mental Health Integration clinic (PCMHI). Unfortunately, this leaves us without enough supervisors on the GMH team to promise that we can offer a full rotation in GMH. However, we will now be able to offer a rotation in PCMHI. This is a brief, solution-focused therapy model (generally 30 minute appointments, 1-6 sessions) with referrals coming directly from primary care—often via warm handoff during a primary care appointment. Veterans are referred to PCMHI for a wide range of mental and behavioral health concerns. We anticipate that interns on this rotation will provide services through a combination of telehealth and in person appointments. Interns on this rotation will have the opportunity to learn and implement brief EBPs such as CBT-Insomnia and Prolonged Exposure-Primary Care. PCMHI will be available as either a focus/major rotation or as a minor rotation. We also expect to continue offering experience leading group therapy through the GMH clinic. Minor rotations are assigned according to the interests, abilities, and training needs of the interns, as well as the training capacity of the minor rotations. The training experiences offered as major rotations/foci (i.e., PCMHI, Trauma Recovery Program, and Neuropsychology) are generally also available as minor rotations, though the experience offered as a minor rotation will obviously be less in-depth than it is when training on that rotation throughout the year. We also have training opportunities that are available only as minor rotations, such as our inpatient Substance Use Disorder program and Home Based Primary Care. Please note that Pain Management, despite being described in our brochure, will probably not be available as a minor rotation in 2023-2024. Assignment of rotations is a flexible process, reflecting our belief that training is at its best when it is a collaborative process that honors both the faculty’s and intern’s understanding of the intern’s aspirations and training needs. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 21 20 31 62 96 24
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 34 36 21
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 3 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 1 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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: 2 2 1 2 3 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 2 2 3 3 2
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
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: 1 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 1 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 1
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 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