Psychology Interns - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
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Psychology Interns

Please read the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Doctoral Psychology Internship brochure for 2021-22 applicants, which is linked to the right.  


The Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology Program of the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Healthcare System (NWI) is designated as “Accredited” by the APA Commission on Accreditation with our next site visit in 2021. See the APA webpages for more details:

 http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/about/about-accreditation.aspx?item=2

http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/about/coa/decoding.aspx

 

The internship is designed to train “excellent generalists” prepared to provide services in any environment, but with a particular focus on serving rural Veterans. Graduates have gone on to various specialty post-docs, as well as into VA and non-VA entry-level psychologist positions, rural and non-rural.  Some changes in our training tracks continue to evolve due to COVID-19.

This coming training year, we plan to return to three Interns placed as the Grand Island VA Hospital with three 16-week rotations in General Mental Health (GMH), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI). The Norfolk Community-Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC) Intern will continue to have only one Intern placement, with no rotations.  The Omaha VAMC will continue to have at least one, possibly two internship placements, with no major rotations and some minor rotation-like experiences.

The Omaha Polytrauma-based placement will continue to have one Intern; although it has more assessment hours built in this is NOT considered a neuropsychology internship track.  It is yet unclear if Lincoln VA Clinic will have a single Intern or that spot will be transferred to the Omaha VAMC (or left vacant), due to uncertainties of space at the new Lincoln VA building currently under construction and opening in the spring of 2021.  All internship positions gain similar experiences with PTSD and general outpatient Mental Health, with some having more exposure to PCMHI than others.  Irrespective of training site, all Interns train to meet the same profession-wide competencies at an intermediate to advanced level by the end of the training year. All interns also participate in a yearlong Assessment Clinic approximately eight hours per week (with additional hours in the Polytrauma placement) and come together for didactics and group supervision.

Post-COVID-19, virtual platforms are typically used as an infection control measure even when Interns and supervisors are co-located in nearby offices and for a significant portion of direct client contact; telework from home has been used in the past by Interns and may again become an option depending on pandemic factors and VA leadership determination.

We offer a single unified internship with seven interns at three training sites. Different match numbers allow applicants to specify their interest in one, or more, or all five of the training sites.

* 3 Interns at the Grand Island VA Hospital
* 1 – possibly or no - Interns at the Lincoln VA Clinic
* 1 Intern at the Norfolk VA Clinic

* 1 - possibly 2 - Intern(s) at the Omaha VA Medical Center

* 1 Intern at the Omaha Polytrauma Support Clinic

Applications will be due November 30, 2020, with virtual interviews by invitation only in early January 2021. We will request three references and if available two de-identified assessment report samples.

We understand that due to COVID, some applicants may not meet our previously required minimum intervention and assessment hours, and may not have two report samples.  Due to COVID we are not adhering to our published minimum intervention and assessment hours this coming year.  Low hours should NOT preclude applicants from applying provided they meet our other essential criteria.

Addressing the impact of short hours on your training plan in the cover letter is encouraged.  Interview invitations will be sent prior to December 15th.  Interviews will be virtual using Citrix WebEx; Zoom, or TEAMS (if compatible with the VA network), with a subsequent optional virtual Q&A Open House (date TBD). 


Per VA policy, only United States citizens are eligible for VA internships, and must pass a post-match background checks. Male applicants must have registered for the Selective Service according to U.S. law.  Passing random drug screening is also required; applicants should note that the VA is a federal institution and CBD findings in any drug screen (random or otherwise) is considered use of a controlled substance under federal law and prevent starting or continuing in the internship.


Stipends and benefits are determined by the national VA Office of Academic Affiliations. Our latest information indicates that stipends will continue to be $26,166, divided into 26 equal portions payable for each two-week pay period.


Thank you for your interest in the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Psychology Internship. We look forward to your application.

 

 

For Incoming Interns


Applicants who successfully match with the NWIHCS Psychology Internship through the National Matching Service must complete the forms below and follow the directions provided on the Psychology Intern Checklist.

Contact

A. Jocelyn Ritchie, JD PhD
Polytrauma Neuropsychologist
Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
402-599-4000
Jocelyn.Ritchie@va.gov