Program Information: Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2374
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System - Joint Ambulatory Care Center
Department: Behavioral Health
Address: 790 Veterans Way
Pensacola, Florida 32507
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Situated in between New Orleans, LA and Tallahassee FL - 200 miles each way
Phone: 850-912-2299
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Daniel Proto
Chief Psychologist: Donna Bar-Navon
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/02/2021
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: 26234
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, 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 Interns engage in clinical work 4 days of the week as a part of their selected rotation. During time on rotation, interns may provide individual, couples, family, and/or group therapy. Additionally, they may conduct diagnostic interviews and neuropsychological or psychological assessments. Individual supervision with a licensed psychologist is provided at a minimum of 2.5 hours per week. For a half- to full-day per week, the intern cohort comes together and engages in didactics with various training faculty, including our interprofessional faculty and trainees from other disciplines. This time period is used to provide supplemental training in areas of interprofessional case consultation, psychopathology and diagnostics, diversity, professional development, assessment, and evidenced based treatments. It is also a time for interns to "re-group" and have planned peer consultation with one another. The JACC training faculty believes that intern cohorts that are supportive of one another and whom can offer each other different professional perspectives are the cohorts that tend to thrive and embody the spirit of collegiality. The final half-day of the training week, when available, is reserved for research time, administrative duties, and completion of activities related to the full-time rotation and/or the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) seminar, such as seeing long-term therapy patients.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? 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: 12/18/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date:
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Highly qualified candidates will be offered an interview via video teleconferencing (e.g., Zoom, Skype) or telephone. Interviews are generally 90 minutes long with an opportunity for both the candidate and the site to learn more about the other. A major focus of the interview is determining "goodness of fit," or making sure that the JACC training program and the applicant are a match in regards to applicant's training goals and the opportunities offered by the site. 

We anticipate notifying applicants about their interview status by early January 2021, and conducting interviews in mid- to late-January. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: New Mexico State University, Georgia Southern University, William James College, Alliant/CSPP - Fresno, Alliant/CSPP - San Francisco, American School of Professional Psychology/Argosy - Washington DC, Nova Southeastern University, Carlos Albizu University, Michigan School of Professional Psychology
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: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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 Not 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:
Program Description

The Interprofessional Psychology Internship located at the Joint Ambulatory Care Center (JACC) in Pensacola, FL provides a one-year, full-time training experience. The JACC is a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) of the larger Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, and as one of the largest such CBOCs in the VA system, provides a variety of outpatient medical and affiliated services. Our Psychology Interns work in close collaboration with other health services trainees and providers, including those in social work, pharmacy, and psychiatry, via formal interprofessional case consultation and training rotation experiences.

Interns complete three four-month, full-time rotations during their training year, one of which includes a rotation in Outpatient Neuropsychology. Other available rotations include Polytrauma/Health Psychology, Pain Psychology, and General Mental Health. There may be the possibility for a rotation with the PTSD Clinical Team, although this is not yet certain. Additionally, interns participate in a half-day per week of formal didactic instruction on topics including Evidence-Based Practice, Psychodiagnostics and Psychopathology, Professional Development, and Assessment. Members of our training faculty work closely with interns to provide weekly individual and group supervision, and are certified in a variety of Evidence-Based Therapies, including CBT for Insomnia, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motiviational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Committment Therapy.

We are committed to providing a thorough, generalist training experience for our interns, with a focus on interprofessional consultation and practice, that will help to prepare trainees for eventual independent practice and/or advanced postdoctoral training.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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
Number of Completed Applications: 15 22
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20
Total number of interns: 3 0 3 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 0 3 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2
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
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 1 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1 0
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 1 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: 1 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0