Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
Behavioral Medicine Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
The doctoral internship at Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System is a newly-funded VA internship site and was established in 2018. The internship program will be accepting its 4th class of interns for the 2021-2022 academic year. The program is currently accredited, on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA) following our initial site visit in May of 2019. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 2002
The internship year is divided into two rotations of six months each and a yearlong rotation focused on evidenced based assessment and therapy. In general, interns are expected to achieve foundational competencies in the area of clinical assessment, group and individual psychotherapy, consultation, treatment planning, professionalism, ethical/legal standards and policy, sensitivity to individual differences and cultural diversity, supervision, and scientific knowledge and methods.
Generally, interns spend two days per week performing duties associated with their rotation, one day a week performing duties associated with assessment, one day a week performing duties associated with evidence based therapy, and one day reserved for training-related activities, including didactic seminars, group supervision, research, and the yearlong diversity group project. Time on the training activity day is also individualized based on the intern’s training goals/interests and can include committee work (e.g., LGBTQ Committee; Multicultural Committee; IPV Work Group, Mental Health Summit Planning Committee), and/or outreach (e.g., Native American Outreach, MST Outreach.
Interns will also have the opportunity to gain experience supervising practicum students in individual and group format throughout the year. This experience is supervised, and the intern is provided with formalized instruction and guidance to help build this competency area. EOVAHCS is currently developing various research projects where interns will have the opportunity to be involved. Level of involvement may vary based on intern’s interest but will include at minimum 2 hours of research work per month when studies are available. This may include tasks such as: data entry, data coding, assessment/screening administration, and possible opportunities for data analysis and writing contributions.
On the yearlong rotation focused on evidence-based therapy, Interns will become proficient in a minimum of two evidenced based therapies Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Interns will have the unique opportunity to be trained and supervised by VA Trainers and Consultants in both of these modalities which will give them the opportunity to fulfill the training requirements to be ‘grandfathered’ in to receiving VA provider status once they are licensed if they decide to continue their career with the VA. Trainings for both CPT and CBT-I will include in-person instruction, audio recordings, direct observation, supervision, and consultation. These are in addition to other evidenced based therapies implemented on their rotations.
Choice of major rotations include: (Interns will choose two each lasting 15 hours per week for six months)
- General Mental Health Clinic (GMHC)
- PTSD Clinical Team (PCT)
- Acute Inpatient & Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC)
- Women’s Mental Health Specialty/MST Treatment Program
- Substance Use Disorder Team (SUD)/Veterans Treatment Court
- Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC)
- Rural Telemental Health
- Special Populations
- Specialty Assessment
- Rural Telemental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous personal and professional challenges for us all. One of these challenges is uncertainty about what will happen next week, next month, or throughout the year. The EOVAHCS Internship has made every attempt and will continue to work hard to ensure interns have meaningful training experiences in spite of difficulties associated with the pandemic. We strive to be transparent at all times; however, we are not able to predict how specific rotations or training opportunities may evolve during the year.
The EOVAHCS has the ability to if necessary to transition all Psychology Trainees to full-time teleworking while maintaining almost all training activities without significant disruption. Specifically, trainees will continue to see veterans via telehealth for individual therapy, group therapy and limited assessment, attending and participating in didactics and supervision via virtual media technologies, and benefitting from live, direct observation of clinical care by supervising psychologists. Please see brochure for more information.
Our program is using the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) to enable you to complete one application for all sites that are participating in the APPIC uniform application process.
Policies and procedures regarding internship offers and acceptance recommended by the APPIC and the Council of Directors of Clinical Training Programs will be followed for the appointment of Interns to the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, Psychology Internship Training Program. The internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC Policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant prior to Uniform Notification Day.
We cannot consider applications from anyone who is not currently a U.S. citizen.
For your application to be complete, we must receive the following materials through APPIC by November 15, 2020.
- Online APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI)
- Your Curriculum Vitae—to be submitted as part of AAPI
- Three letters of recommendation—to be submitted as part of AAPI
- Graduate school transcripts—to be submitted as part of AAPI
- Your Academic Program Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness Form—to be submitted by your Director of Clinical Training as part of AAPI
- Cover letter (no longer than two pages) addressing how your experiences to date and current career goals make you a good fit for the training offered at EOVAHCS and emphasizing rotations of interest
- Should you choose, you may also identify representation with an element of diversity in your cover letter
For any questions please contact:
Patricia Byrd, Ph.D.
Director of Training
River Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Training
Internship Program Handbook