Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2348
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Alexandria VA Health Care System
Department: Psychology
Address: Alexandria VA Health Care System
Psychology Service (116B)
Alexandria, Louisiana 71306
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 200 miles Northeast of New Orleans, LA
Phone: 318-466-2589
Fax: 318-466-4468
Email: leslie.drew@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/alexandria-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/#apa-accreditation
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.va.gov/files/2021-09/AVAHCSPsychologyInternshipBrochure2022-2023 Final_1.docx
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: Leslie Drew
Chief Psychologist: Lauren Vines
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 23
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/11/2022
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: Dissertation Release Time, 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 Day will vary based on training rotation, but each day will include individual assessments, individual and group therapy, consultative activities, indirect clinical activities, and supervision. Across all rotations, interns are provided with multiple opportunities to work with interdisciplinary teams.
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? Yes
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Details of the above affiliations Louisiana Tech University, position number variable Fielding University, position number variable
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 12/01/2021
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/16/21
Tentative interview date: 1/10/22
Interview process description:

Virtual interviews are preferred, although telephone interviews can be accomodated.  Individual interviews will be scheduled between January 10th and January 28th and typically will last an hour.  Specific requests to speak with particular staff members will be honored if possible. While we do not offer a formal on-site interview day, we are more than happy to accomodate applicants who wish to visit our beautiful campus and interview in person. On-site interviews are subject to COVID-19 restrictions at the time of interviews. Please contact the Training Directors to schedule an in-person interview.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Montana Hofstra University Fielding Graduate University Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Argosy Texas School of Professional Psychology-Argosy Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology Palo Alto University Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Marywood University Azusa Pacific University University of indianapolis Midwestern University Indiana State 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: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
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
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:
Program Description

The Alexandria VA Health Care System Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is funded for three positions in mental health providing outpatient, inpatient, and consultative services to an adult veteran population. We are APA accredited.

The training program includes a generalist focus, and fosters general competence in trainees, over various areas of specialization. The goals of the program support experiential learning in evidence-based assessment and treatment to foster the development of comprehensive, generalist foundational skills for competent, independent, and professional psychologists.  For a program brochure, please email leslie.drew@va.gov.

 We are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 year and the application deadline is December 1, 2021. 

 

The minimum requirements for entry into the training program are as follows:

 

  1. Applicants must be U. S. citizens. 

  2. At the time of application, applicants must be enrolled in doctoral training in an APA-accredited or CPA-Accredited clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program.

  3. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 500 hours of supervised practicum experience (450 intervention and 50 assessment)  by the time the application is submitted.

  4. Applicants must have passed all comprehensive examinations required by their graduate program by the application deadline.

  5. Applicants are required to have completed their dissertation proposal prior to the application deadline.

     

     

    APPLICATION PROCEDURES

     

    In order to apply for the Alexandria VA Health Care System’s Psychology Internship, you must: 

     

  1. Register for the APPIC Match through National Matching Services (http://www.natmatch.com/psychint)

  2. Complete the APPIC Application for Psychology Interns (AAPI) Online, including a cover letter, three letters of recommendation, a curriculum vita, and graduate transcripts.

  3. Send a cover letter describing your interest in the Psychology Internship at the Alexandria VA Health Care System (see below for contact and address).

  4. Ensure that all application materials reach us by December 1, 2021.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research:
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
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: https://www.va.gov/alexandria-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/#apa-accreditation  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 9 8 35 15
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 18 9 7 15 15
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 0 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 3 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 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 4 1 0 6 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 50 25 16 59 38
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 0 0 3 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 1 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 1 0 2 0
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 1 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 0 0 0 0