Eastern Oklahoma VA Healthcare System (EOVAHCS) Psychology Internship Program’s primary goal is to provide high quality generalist training using evidenced based therapies and assessments. The Scholar-Practitioner model is our underlying philosophy and will prepare interns to be well-rounded competent clinicians. We emphasize the integration of research, practical experience and cultural consideration in the development of professional competencies. Emphasis in this program includes applying evidence-based practices, research-based programming, and the integration of science in practice in order to fully develop critical thinking, conceptualization, and problem-solving skills. Interns will be expected to be competent in providing basic psychological services to Veterans in an ethical, professional, and knowledgeable manner as demonstrated to their supervisors prior to the end of the training year.
Among all rotations, Interns will train/work with multidisciplinary staff/teams and evidence-based interventions. Interns will have the unique opportunity for in depth training and supervision by a VA Trainer and Consultant in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Successfully completion of CPT requirement during the training year will allow them to apply for VA and/or Community Provider Status in CPT once they are licensed.
Over the course of the internship year, interns will conduct evidence-based assessments from referral sources throughout our service. Assessment training at EOVAHCS emphasizes collaborative/therapeutic and recovery-oriented approaches throughout the testing and feedback process. During the year-long assessment rotation, interns will be expected to attend an assessment group supervision session in addition to their individual supervision with an assessment supervisor. Assessment group supervision will also incorporate a monthly, intern-led psychological testing-related journal article discussion. Interns will either be assigned to conduct personality/diagnostic assessments and/or neuropsychological assessments based on their foundational assessment experience prior to internship.
Personality/Diagnostic assessment assists in differential diagnosis and treatment planning for veterans with diverse emotional and behavioral concerns. Common measures administered include: MMPI-2-RF, PAI, MCMI-IV, WAIS-IV, CPT-3, SCID-5, CAPS-5, and various symptom screeners. Neuropsychological assessment referral reasons often include diagnostic clarification of neurocognitive versus psychiatric etiologies, and evaluating the extent of cognitive impairment in suspected dementia and in residuals of acquired injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or stroke. Among both assessment rotations, interns will develop skill and competence in effective report-writing and gain therapeutic skills in testing administration and feedback. The assessment process emphasizes a collaborative, strength-based, and rehabilitative approach to promote each veteran’s health and treatment goals. Face-to-face feedback with veterans and family members regarding personalized assessment findings and recommendations is considered an integral component of the assessment process.
Interns will work together to complete a yearlong diversity group project in the Diversity Seminar. The goal of the seminar is to foster and encourage a life-long practice of professional multicultural consideration and competence. The interns and seminar leaders will work to embrace the idea of cultural humility and develop a process of openness, self-reflection and ongoing professional and personal development. Aspects of the project might include: participation in culturally considerate supervision, delivery of culturally competent clinical interventions, reflection on cultural identity and cultural interactions in professional spaces, personal reflective practice and group discussion, facilitation of experiences that increase awareness of cultural identity and interactions, as well as knowledge of a cultural group.
Interns also participate in group and individual supervision of practicum students throughout the year. Finally, interns will complete a program evaluation project of their choice, evaluating the outcome of various interventions offered throughout the healthcare center.
Rotation options include: PTSD Clinical Team, Women Veteran's Mental Health/MST Team, Substance Use Disorder Team, Serious Mental Illness Rotation: Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) & Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, General Mental Health Clinic, Home Based Primary Care, Rural Telemental Health along with the following training enhancements: Special Populations, Specialty Assessments (bariatric, organ transplant, police evaluations), and Rural Telemental Health.