Program Information: Psychology Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2464
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Aleda E. Lutz VAMC
Department: Psychology Service
Address: 1500 Weiss Street
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 100 miles North/Northwest of Detroit, MI; 90 miles North of Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: 989-497-2500x11961
Fax:
Email: amie.paradine-hawver@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/saginaw-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-program/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.saginaw.va.gov/docs/PsychologyInternshipProgram_21_22.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Amie Paradine
Chief Psychologist: Amie Paradine
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26234
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are engaged in direct clinical care under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist Monday-Thursday. These clinical days consist of direct patient care, supervision with primary supervisors, and administrative time to prepare for sessions and complete documentation associated with clinical encounters. On Fridays, interns engage in didactic training and group supervisions along with having administrative time to work on scholarly projects and prepare for future didactics.
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: 11/29/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Following the November 15th application deadline, the Training Director and Psychology Training Committee staff will review completed applications and select applicants to be invited for a personal interview.  Qualifying applicants will be informed via e-mail no later than December 15, 2021 whether or not they have been invited for a personal interview.  Interviews will be held in January 2022, are conducted by at least 2 of our Psychology Training Faculty, and take approximately one hour.  On-site interviews are not offered.  Virtual and/or telephone interviews are the only methods for conducting interviews.   

We regard interviews as a two-way process: a chance for us to meet and learn more about you, and an opportunity for you to meet us and gain a better understanding of our program.    An interview is required to match with our program.   

We adhere strictly to the selection process guidelines established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).  This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The selection of interns is made without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, family status, physical handicap or age.  Strict federal hiring guidelines require that staff be hired without discrimination.

Therefore, the Psychology Internship Program encourages applications from qualified candidates, regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, or other minority status.  The internship aims to foster a diverse Psychology workforce and supports an inclusive work environment that ensures equal opportunity.  We encourage Psychology trainees of diverse backgrounds, in all of the ways that diversity is expressed, to apply to the Psychology Internship Program.  

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Michigan School of Psychology; Fielding Graduate 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: Yes
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 350
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
PCSAS-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:
Program Description

The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is located in Saginaw, Michigan and offers doctoral psychology internships on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens who are pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or combined psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited graduate program or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited program in Clinical Science. To be considered, students must demonstrate completion of at least three years of graduate course work and a combined minimum of 400 hours of formal Practicum Training in assessment and intervention. Applicants must be certified as ready for internship by their Director of Training.

 

The internship program emphasizes Interprofessional Team-Based Care. The internship is structured on a major/minor rotation system.  Each intern completes two major rotations 2 days per week, lasting the full year of internship.  This ensures intensive, in depth experiences. Each minor rotation is 4-8 hours per week for 4 months, providing the interns the opportunity to complete 3 different minor rotations throughout the course of the internship year.  Major rotations include the Mental Health Clinic (Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program), Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, and Pain Resource Team.  Minor rotations include Health Behavior, Community Living Center/Palliative Care, and Compensation & Pension. 

 

The psychology staff are embedded in the Mental Health Service Line of the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center alongside psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and peer support specialists.   We work together to promote interprofessional team-based care practices within our service and with other services in the Medical Center such as primary care and other specialty clinics. 

 

The Medical Center is conducive to training, and Leadership at the facility values training.  The facility is affiliated with a number of universities throughout the state of Michigan and trains medical students, medical residents, psychiatry residents, nurse practitioners, nurses, optometry students, physical therapy students, occupational therapy students, pharmacy residents, and social work interns.  The Mental Health Service Line provides training across several disciplines in addition to psychology, including psychiatry residents and social work interns. 

 

Outpatient Mental Health and Medical Center Settings

Internship rotations will take place at either the Health Care Center or Medical Center, both located in Saginaw, MI.  The Health Care Center is an outpatient clinic that houses a large number of the services available in the Mental Health Service Line.  Mental Health services/programs available at the Health Care Center include:  Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP); PTSD Clinical Team (PCT); Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Clinic; Substance Use Disorder Clinic (SUD); Dual Diagnosis; Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO); Homeless Program (HUD-VASH); Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)-Transitional Work (TW) and Supported Employment (SE) Program; Peer Support; and Neuropsychological Assessment.  The Saginaw VA Medical Center is home to other Mental Health Service Line programs and services such as Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI), Health Behavior Coordinator, Community Living Center (CLC) Consult/Liaison Psychologist, Urgent Care Clinic crisis intervention services, Transition and Care Management Program, and the Pain Resource Team Psychologist.

 

The Psychology Internship Program encourages applications from qualified candidates, regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, or other minority status. The internship aims to foster a diverse Psychology workforce and supports an inclusive work environment that ensures equal opportunity. We encourage Psychology trainees of diverse backgrounds, in all of the ways that diversity is expressed, to apply to the Psychology Internship Program.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research:
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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/saginaw-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-internship-program/  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: 3 15 5 12
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 3 11 5 12
Total number of interns: 3 2 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 40 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 115 11
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 1 3
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 1 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 3 0 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 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 0 0 0 0