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Psychology Internship Program

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The VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Training Program, formerly known as the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, is a yearlong training program located among the campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System. The internship is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The internship is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and is one of only twelve (12) internship members of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS).

The 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 adolescents in a non-VA externship setting (Boston University’s Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders (CARD).)

We are pleased to announce that we will provide training to 18 interns across 12 training rotations.

General Structure of the Year

Interns will train in two rotations: a “Primary” (Match 8-month) rotation, as well as a “Secondary” (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 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.

Training Rotations

For 2018 – 2019, intern training takes place within the following twelve (12) rotations, spread across a total of three VA Medical Center campuses. An additional training opportunity exists within an externship (non-Match) program offered through the Boston University – CARD).

Available rotations for 2018 - 2019:

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Center for Returning Veterans
  • General Mental Health
  • Geropsychology
  • Inpatient Mental Health – Therapeutic Recovery
  • Neuropsychology
  • PTSD Clinical Team
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Trauma and Addiction Recovery
  • Substance Abuse Spectrum at Brockton
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Program at Jamaica Plain
  • Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team
  • Boston University / Center for Anxiety Related Disorders (CARD) – clinical externship

Applicant Information

  • Minimum Number of AAPI Hours: 400 (combined Intervention and Assessment hours)
  • Minimum Number of Years of Graduate Training Required: 3
  • Application Due Date: October 30, 2017

Candidates should identify up to two (2) rotations in their cover letter as potential “Match” rotations; in effect, this constitutes a request for their application to be reviewed by those two specific potential 8-month rotations. However, all interns will also complete a 4-month rotation.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data download.

Thank you once again for your interest in our internship training program!      

Risa B. Weisberg, Ph.D.

Director of Training

VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Training Program