The predoctoral psychology internship at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VA HCS) is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Psychology Training Program is also a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), which organizes the manner in which offers of internship and acceptances are conducted. We participate in the computer matching program and follow all APPIC policies. We take the guidelines seriously and are committed to implementing them fully.
Internship applicants from APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology programs are encouraged to apply. Competitive applicants will have a minimum of 800 total face-to-face combined intervention and assessment hours at the time of application. We prefer candidates who have generalized assessment and psychotherapy training. Applicants who have VA practicum experience or who have an interest in a VA career are highly desirable. Although prior research experience is not a requirement, we value applicants with research experience.
Post Doctoral Fellowship
Prior to the start of the fellowship, a candidate must have completed a doctoral degree from an APA accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology and have completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship. Applicants who have completed VA internships are strongly encouraged to apply. Appropriate candidates will be familiar with general psychological assessment instruments and will have intervention skills commensurate with having completed an internship. Appropriate candidates will also possess an interest in clinical research as well as program development in an emphasis area. Applicants with both clinical and research experience in the area of emphasis are highly desirable. Bay Pines has trained postdocs since 2008 and has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association since December 4, 2012.
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