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VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

 

Psychology Internship & Residency Programs

Internship Program

Psychology Interns must be enrolled in an APA-approved clinical psychology program or in an APA-approved clinically-oriented counseling psychology program and must also be U.S. Citizens. As an equal opportunity training program, the Internship welcomes and strongly encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, age, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, disability or other minority status. As a generalist internship, we value applicants who have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Candidates with at least some formal assessment experience are preferred.

Applications are due November 1 each year. The internship start date is July 1 each year. If July 1 falls on a weekend, then the start date will be the first Monday after July 1.

Download the Internship Program Brochure and Application Package

Download information about the Internship Program Admission, Support and Post-Internship

Internship Program Accreditation

The doctoral internship at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver VA Medical Center is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA).

Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979
APAACCRED@APA.COM
http://www.apa.org/education/grad/program-accreditation.aspx

  

Contact:

Michael Craine, PhD
Acting Director of Psychology Training

APPIC Match Number:

General (4 slots)
117411

Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (1 slot)
117412

Geriatric Psychology (1 Slot)
117413

Internship Applications Due:

November 1

Eligibility Requirements:

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Residency Program

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), Denver is offering four Postdoctoral Residencies in Clinical Psychology for 2017-18: 

  • Recovery and Couple & Family Psychology Postdoctoral Residency
  • Trauma- PTSD Psychology Postdoctoral Residency
  • Primary Care- Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) Psychology Postdoctoral Residency
  • Health Psychology Postdoctoral Residency

Our aim is to train psychologists from a scientist-practitioner model with advanced skills and knowledge in evidence-based practice within the above specialty areas.  This includes covering a common core of practice that includes integration of science and practice, ethical and legal standards, cultural diversity and individual differences, teaching and supervision, assessment and intervention, professional development, and interprofessional consultation. In these residencies, residents will spend 80% of their time providing clinical services with the remaining 20% effort allocated to a clinically-relevant project and other professional development activities.

Download the Residency Program Brochure and Application Package

Eligibility:

To be considered for the ECHCS Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program, an applicant must have completed all the requirements for the doctoral degree, including internship and dissertation.  The Department of Veterans Affairs requires that the applicant’s doctoral degree and internship be completed at programs accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Recent exceptions to this are as follows: (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.  The VA ECHCS Psychology Residency Program looks carefully at these candidates to ensure the candidate has appropriate training in the special emphasis areas and may contact the site for clarification of training if necessary. 

Other VA-wide eligibility requirements include:

  1. U.S. citizenship. VA is unable to consider applications from anyone who is not currently a U.S. citizen. Verification of citizenship is required following selection. All residents must complete a Certification of Citizenship in the United States prior to beginning VA training.
  2. A male applicant born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26 to be eligible for any US government employment, including selection as a paid VA trainee. Male applicants must sign a pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they can be processed into a training program. Exceptions can be granted only by the US Office of Personnel Management; exceptions are very rarely granted.
  3. Residents are subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Final selection decisions are contingent on passing these screens.
  4. VA conducts drug screening exams on randomly selected personnel as well as new employees. Interns and residents are not required to be tested prior to beginning work, but once on staff they are subject to random selection for testing just like VA employees.

The ECHCS Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program actively supports and is in full compliance with the spirit and principle of Affirmative Action in the recruitment and selection of psychology residents.  As an equal opportunity training program, the residency welcomes and strongly encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, disability or other minority status.

Residency Start Date:

September 2018.  We would prefer all residents begin early in September but other start dates may be possible depending on individual circumstances.

Applicant Checklist:

The following materials must be submitted by December 15, 2017:

  • Cover letter expressing interests, career goals and goodness of fit with residency.  If applying for multiple residencies, please clearly identify the specific residencies you are applying for.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A signed letter of status of completion or expected completion from APA-accredited internship.
  • Letter from your dissertation chair regarding your anticipated defense date -if not already completed.

Three signed letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an internship supervisor.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

General inquiries and applications to: 

Barbara M. Dausch Ph.D. Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Training Director

Specific information & Contacts:

Recovery and Couple & Family Psychology - Aaron Murray-Swank Ph.D
Trauma- PTSD - Christopher Immel Ph.D
PC-MHI - Stephen Bensen Ph.D
Health Psychology - Eleni Romano Ph.D

Please view our posting on the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers- APPIC website

APPIC Number 9181

Accreditation Status

The VA ECHCS, Denver VAMC Postdoctoral Residency Program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.  An accreditation application is in process.  ECHCS has an APA- accredited Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship Program, and the VISN 19 MIRECC located at ECHCS has an APA-accredited Postdoctoral Residency Program.  Inquiries regarding the accreditation of this program may be directed to:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

The VA ECHCS Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and as such, is listed on the APPIC website http://www.appic.org/.

 

Contact:

Barbara M. Dausch PhD

Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Training Director

Residency Applications Due:

December 15th

Eligibility Requirements:

Read Requirements