Program Information: Behavioral Health Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2342
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Department: Behavioral Health Service
Address: VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Behavioral Health Service
6900 North Pecos Road
North Las Vegas, Nevada 89086
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 702-791-9000x13780
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Micol Levi-Minzi
Chief Psychologist: Heather Manor
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 48
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26690
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 The Intern will engage in a variety of different activities depending on the day. Activities may include individual, couple's, and group therapy, completion of diagnostic assessments and neuropsychological testing, and participation in didactics/seminars (Intern Seminar, EBP for PTSD Seminar, Assessment Seminar, Supervision of Supervision).
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: 12/03/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

The VASNHS Psychology Internship Program staff and the Psychology Training Director will vet applicants and well qualified candidates will be invited to interview with the Psychology Training Director and other training faculty members. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel will likely not be possible and/or safe for interviews, as such we will be offering virtual interviews. Interviews will be conducted throughout the month of January.  The format includes several individual interviews with faculty combined with information sessions. Opportunities to chat with current interns will be available as well.



How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Marshall University; Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; Adler University; Nova Southeastern University; Pacific Graduate School of Psychology; University of Nevada- Las Vegas; Arizona School of Professional Psychology- Argosy, Phoenix; American School of Professional Psychology- Argosy- Southern California; University of Memphis; PGSP- Stanford Consortium; Alliant International University; University of New Mexico; Antioch University; Palo Alto University; National Louis University; Pacific 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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
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
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: Pre-hire urine drug testing. Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with United States Selective Service before they can be employed at a VAMC. Health Professions Trainees (HPTs) are appointed as temporary employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. As such, HPTs are subject to laws, policies, and guidelines posted for VA staff members. There are infrequent times in which this guidance can change during a training year which may create new requirements or responsibilities for HPTs. If employment requirements change during the course of a training year, HPTs will be notified of the change and impact as soon as possible and options provided. The Training Director will provide you with the information you need to understand the requirement and reasons for the requirement in timely manner. Please see our website for additional eligibility requirements.
Program Description

The internship is a generalist program designed to train clinical and counseling doctoral candidates for competent professional work in the postdoctoral year or in entry-level psychology positions. The basic requirement of the training program is satisfactory performance in applied clinical work in General Mental Health, an area of emphasis (Primary Care/Mental Health Integration, Acute Psychology, Substance Use Disorders and PTSD),  and a minor rotation area (Evidence-based Psychotherapy for PTSD). Clinical experience is supplemented by a variety of educational offerings.

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) internship was developed to address community and Veteran Health Administration needs within the greater Las Vegas Metropolitan area with respect to recruiting and training newer psychologists. VASNHS is steadfast in its commitment to providing high quality training to psychology interns with emphasis toward preparation in public sector careers.

 At VASNHS, the internship year is conceptualized as a set of clinical and professional skills that interlock. The internship training year includes a year of intensive clinical training under the supervision of licensed psychologists. In addition to direct supervision from licensed psychologists, interns will work within dynamic intercollaborative professional teams consisting of medical and allied health professions. Training at the VASNHS is crafted to expand and enhance professional psychology competencies.

The program trains doctoral candidates to function as autonomous professionals in varied health care settings, with emphasis on the role of the psychologist in state of the art medical settings. Within a generalist model, the Psychology Internship Program (PIP) also seeks to provide strong grounding in fundamental and advanced practice skills within particular areas of emphasis (e.g., Primary Care Integration, Addictive Disorders, PTSD, and Acute/Inpatient Care). Acquisition of core competencies in Evidence-Based Psychotherapies within the intern’s rotations is paramount. The practitioner-scholar model of training in psychology is emphasized. Training is experiential, supervised and graded in complexity. Learning is a developmental and sequential process leading toward the ultimate goal of independent practice. The PIP is designed to promote professional competency and engender skills in complex clinical reasoning.  The VASNHS internship program is focused on training doctoral candidates who are oriented toward practice in professional psychology in VA and the public sector.




Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 18 44 55 59 67
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 16 33 43 43 48
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 1 1 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 2 3 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 3 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 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 6 5 7 3 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 10 11 26 47 18
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 2 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 2 0 1 3 2
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: 1 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 0 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 1 0 0 0