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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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The Bay Pines VAHCS is located near St. Petersburg, Florida and provides comprehensive medical care including acute/in-patient medical, surgical, and psychiatric care; extended/long-term medical and psychiatric care, rehabilitative inpatient care; and comprehensive outpatient care with multiple specialty services available.  Bay Pines is actively involved in training healthcare providers and has affiliation agreements with Medical and Allied Health Programs throughout the Southeastern U.S.  The Psychology Section of the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) includes 50 full-time doctoral level psychologists who provide services in settings throughout the facility and are involved in the full range of professional roles and activities.  We have had an APA-accredited Psychology Internship Training Program since 1981 and are pleased with this opportunity to expand our Training Program.
Automated Psychological Testing Centers
In addition to the assessment services provided via the Centralized Testing Center, on-line administration and scoring of numerous self-report inventories and questionnaires is available to Staff Psychologists via the Mental Health package. The Mental Health Package gives Staff Psychologists access to a range of individual and group psychological tests, allowing on-site administration to patients in various areas of the facility, including the Mental Health Clinic, Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Stress Treatment Program, Center for Sexual Trauma Services, Primary Care Clinics, and Geriatrics and Extended Care Clinics. Not only is computerized scoring of more than 40 tests available but this innovative system also allows computer terminals to be used for test administration. Test scores and, for some tests, interpretive data are available immediately.

Library Resources
There are separate libraries for consumer health/patient education (Patient Education Resource Center) and for clinical professional needs (Medical Library). The Medical Library collection consists of over 400 journal (print) subscriptions and approximately 5,000 books and audiovisual titles. Books and audiovisuals are available for a two-week checkout period with renewal options available. Print journals are for in-house use only but there is also an extensive online journal collection with many of them being full-text available and evidence-based. In addition there is onsite access to many of the leading medical, nursing, and psychiatric databases. These include (but not limited to) PubMed, MD Consult, First Consult, CINAHL, Psychiatry Online, and UptoDate. PsychInfo, Health Business, and Cochrane. The Medical Library has established a section containing materials on empirically supported psychological treatments.

There are well-equipped computers (with Internet access and Microsoft Office products) available in the Medical Library. Internet use is restricted to educational needs and job-related activities. The Medical Librarian provides assistance with computer-based literature searches and orientation sessions to the physical and online library resources. The Library offers assistance with reference requests, library instruction, and interlibrary loans. The interlibrary loans are limited to non-charging sources from across the United States unless approved by the Chief, Library Service. After-hours access to the Medical Library is restricted to individuals having a Bay Pines identification badge.


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