The Lebanon VA provides primary and behavioral health care throughout a mainly rural seven-county area of south-central Pennsylvania. Patients are also served at six additional community-based VA clinics at varying distances from the main campus in Lebanon. The majority of training takes place at the main hospital and the Residential Recovery Center (RRC) both conveniently located at the main campus in Lebanon. Interns have the option, if they so choose, to have some of their outpatient experience at one of the outlying VA outpatient clinics. Interns are provided an office in the Behavioral Health building with a dedicated computer and phone.
The Lebanon VA Medical Center Doctoral Internship Program provides doctoral education and training for the practice of professional psychology. Training faculty and supervisors provide an intensive training experience to psychology interns within a generalist model and a practitioner-scholar philosophy. The Lebanon VAMC Internship Program will train interns to think critically regarding the integration of scientific knowledge with current practice. We believe this model to be highly effective in preparing interns for the successful practice of professional psychology.
This is a generalist program. For that purpose, interns will have a year-long rotation in Outpatient Mental Health under the BHIP (Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program) Rotation. This will allow interns to follow cases long-term as well as obtain more intensive training on at least 1 Evidence Based Psychotherapy (EBP) technique and see cases through completion. If a particular trainee is interested in some of the shorter EBPs, such as MI and MET, they may work with 2 differnt BHIP clinical supervisors throughout the year.
In addition to the year-long BHIP rotation, trainees can choose 2 of our 5 other rotations for 6 months each. These rotations include: Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Residential Recovery Center (RRC), Hospice/Geriatric rotation in our Community Living Center, and PTSD Clinical Program (PCT)., and Pain Psychology. Interns will be exposed to Evidence Based Psychotherapies (EBP) and be a part of an interdisciplinary team, engaging in both individual and group therapy. Interns discuss and develop their individual learning goals within each placement. At the beginning of each rotation, the number of hours per week spent in direct contact with service recipients is expected to start out low, increasing to average at least 10-15 hours per week.
In each rotation, interns will have routine, on-site supervision by a licensed clinical psychologist.
*If teleworking, supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist via a virtual format and following suggested APA, APPIC, and VA Psychology Training Council guidelines and best practices. Supervisors and interns will both join VVC video therapy sessions and/or patient telephone calls for observation and supervision purposes.
Additional clinical consultation, as appropriate, will also be available from the disciplines of psychiatry, primary care/emergency physicians, graduate level nursing, social work, vocational rehabilitation specialists and chaplains. Each rotation will consist of 2 full 8-hour days, which includes ncludes 3 hours for rotation supervision. They will also receive 1 hour for group supervision with DCT, 3 hours for dissertation/professional activities, and 3 hours didactics. More supervision is available as needed. Additionally, per SoA Standard II.D.I.a.v, each intern evaluation will be based in part on direct observation. Direct observation can be either in room or one-way mirror observation and should be conducted by the immediate supervisor responsible for the activity or experience being evaluated. There may also be opportunities for tiered supervision, in which interns provide supervision to practicum students. The supervisor always has primary professional responsibility for cases in which supervision is provided to a trainee.