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VA Boston Healthcare System

Psychology Internship Program

The Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology Internship Program is a yearlong training program through a consortium partnership between VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine / Boston Medical Center.  The internship is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Our next accreditation site visit will be in 2015.  The Boston Consortium internship is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and is one of only eleven (11) internship members of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS). 

The Boston Consortium internship seeks candidates from APA-accredited, scientist-practitioner and clinical science programs in clinical and counseling psychology. Our training program provides a wide variety of opportunities to work with veterans in three different VA campuses, as well as children and their families in diverse, non-VA settings (Boston Medical Center and Boston University’s Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders).
Note:  For the 2014 – 2015 training year, the Boston Consortium internship program will not be recruiting candidates for the BMC Child rotation, due to unexpected changes within BMC Child Psychiatry’s psychology supervisory resources.  However, we hope that the BMC Child rotation will resume being an active part of the internship again in 2015 – 2016.

Interns will train in two rotations:  a Match (8-month) rotation, as well as a second (4-month) rotation, which is selected to assure a sufficient breadth of experience for our interns.  Because each rotation has a distinct APPIC match (program) number, the results of the Match assure interns their assignment to a specific 8-month rotation.  Assignments to the four-month rotation, selection of research mentors, and the opportunities for adjunctive training experiences and supervisors are guided by our interns' other interests and training needs, which are discussed in detail after the Match results (and 8-month rotation) are known.  All Boston Consortium interns have complementary training experiences, including: adjunctive training experiences, which may involve work in a different clinic or with a different population than those found within the intern’s two major clinical rotations; scholarly inquiry / research activities; and a weekly seminar series. Depending upon their interests and qualifications, interns also may arrange to do a research externship, which would expand opportunities and available time for scholarly inquiry activities.

For 2014 – 2015, intern training takes place within the following twelve (12) rotations, spread across a total of four sites (i.e., three VA medical centers; plus, one of our non-VA consortium partner sites, Boston University – Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders – CARD).  Boston Consortium interns have an opportunity to train with the child team at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders (CARD), through a clinical externship (i.e., one day per week) training arrangement.  See the internship brochure for further details.

Available rotations for 2014 - 2015:

▪ Geropsychology
▪ Neuropsychology
▪ Behavioral Medicine
▪ Rehabilitation Psychology
▪ General Mental Health
▪ Center for Returning Veterans
▪ Inpatient Mental Health – Therapeutic Recovery
▪ Substance Abuse Treatment Program at Jamaica Plain
▪ Substance Abuse Spectrum at Brockton
▪ PTSD-SUD Dual Diagnosis at Brockton
▪ PTSD Clinical Team
▪ Women’s Stress Disorders Treatment Team
▪ Boston University / Center for Anxiety Related Disorders (CARD) – Child outpatient clinical externship

Applicant Information

▪ Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:  400
▪ Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:  3

Candidates should identify up to two (2) rotations in the cover letter as potential “Match” rotations; in effect, this constitutes an application to those two specific potential 8-month rotations, during the APPIC Match.  However, all interns matching to the Boston Consortium will also complete a 4-month rotation.

Suggestions for candidates regarding review of internship brochure, further below.
The internship brochure is a fairly large document.  After opening the attached internship brochure, we would recommend that you click the Bookmarks tab on the left side, in order to bring up the Table of Contents.

Download the 2014 - 2015 internship brochure
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R. Keith Shaw, Ph.D.    
Consortium Internship Director,
Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology

Update re: Boston Consortium leadership: 

• As of November 1st, Dr. Shaw will be resigning his role as Consortium Internship Director of the Boston Consortium, when he transfers to the Durham VA medical center and VISN 6 MIRECC.

• At that time, Dr. Stephen Quinn will assume the duties as the Interim Internship Director.  Dr. Quinn has a longstanding history of involvement and capable leadership within the Boston Consortium, including serving as the JP (Boston) site training director for many years.

APA Accreditation
Any questions regarding the accreditation status of the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology internship program or the VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program may be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation (CoA):

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242