Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

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Place: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
APA Accreditation: Accredited
Training Director & Lead / Director: Andrew Cook
Chief Psychologist: Frederick Willoughby
Positions: 6
Stipend: 23974
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Descriptor "CTVHCS offers training in a variety of contexts including general medical/surgical hospital, psychiatric inpatient, a domiciliary, integrated and home-based primary care, and multiple outpatient clinics. Please see our web brochure for further description of the training opportunities within each setting.

Our program places 6 interns annually, two at each of its three primary training sites: Temple and Waco VA Medical Centers, and the large Austin VA outpatient clinic. Our training model is ""reflective-practitioner"", which is a form of scholar-practitioner training. We emphasize the value of reflecting on professional practices through intensive case study, locating and incorporating relevant scientific/professional knowledge and seeking experiential wisdom. Our program focuses on the development of competency in 15 professional domains, based on the APA model for competency benchmarks in professional psychology. We have been continuously accredited by the APA for over 30 years. Our program was re-accredited for seven years in 2011. The internship year is divided into three, four-month major rotations. Interns spend a minimum of 28 hours per week on the major rotation. We offer major rotations in outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration (domiciliary), integrated primary care, residential and outpatient PTSD, family program, neuropsychology and rehabilitation. Please see our brochure for a complete listing. We offer opportunities to pursue specialized professional competencies via minor rotations for 4 to 8 hours per week (e.g. military sexual trauma, neuropsychological assessment, clinical research, assessment, group therapy, serious mental illness (SMI), compensation & pension exams, blind rehabilitation, training and program development, etc.). We have approximately 65 licensed full-time psychologists on staff between our training sites, as well as a number of recent graduates who are in the process of becoming licensed."
Website: http://www.centraltexas.va.gov/services/Psychology_Internship/Psychology_Internship.asp