Psychology Internship Program Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

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Psychology Internship Program
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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
Mental Health Service (116)

P.O. Box 61011

New Orleans, LA 70161-1011

MATCH Number: 1318

Applications due: November 13

Accreditation Status

The pre-doctoral internship at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be during the academic year 2020.
Information regarding the accreditation status of this program can be obtained from:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, N.E.

Washington, DC 20002-4242

(202) 336-5979

Application & Selection Procedures

Eligibility: Applicants for internship must be Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree candidates from APA accredited doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology, and have supervised clinical practicum work to include at least 300 hours of direct contact hours in intervention and 100 hours in assessment. VA requirements specify that eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens and have fulfilled departmental requirements for internship as certified by their Directors of Clinical Training. Further details regarding the program are available in the APPIC Directory. The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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.
Procedures: Applications must be submitted no later than November 13 However, students are urged to complete application requirements as early as possible. Interviews and visits to the internship are normally scheduled during the first three weeksof January.
Application requirements:

  1. Completed copy of the APPIC online Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI); The AAPI can be obtained at the APPIC Web site,

  2. Letter of interest that explicitly states the applicants top four choices in rotation preference

  3. Current curriculum vitae

  4. Official transcripts of all graduate work

  5. The form "Academic Program's Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness," certifying that you have met your program's prerequisites for internship. This can be found in the AAPI.

  6. At least three letters of recommendation from psychologists familiar with the applicant, preferably one from your academic advisor.

Completed applications or requests for additional information should be forwarded to:

Michelle Hamilton, Ph.D.

Director, Psychology Training Program

ATTN: Internship Information

Mental Health Service (116)

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

P.O. Box 61011

New Orleans, LA 70161-1011

Psychology Setting

Until 1997, psychologists at the New Orleans VAMC functioned within an autonomous Psychology Service and cooperated with Psychiatry and Social Work Services to provide a broad range of mental health services to veterans. In May 1997, these three Services were formally combined into a Mental Health Service. Within this system, psychologists hold primary administrative responsibility for a variety of mental health programs. Psychology Service staff members also provided a broad range of consultative and clinical services in areas such as substance abuse, behavioral medicine, and neuropsychology. The New Orleans VAMC transitioned to a health care system, currently SLVHCS, after Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of our medical center by the flood. Our new, state of the art, medical center is due to open in FY 2016-2017. There are currently seven programs within the Mental Health Service that provide specialized mental health services, including, Substance Abuse, PTSD, Ambulatory Mental Health Care, Primary Care in Mental Health, Homeless Program, Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM), and Compensated Work Therapy (CWT). Psychologists have been appointed to leadership positions on several clinical teams, reflecting both the capabilities of individual psychologists, and the high regard in which psychologists are held within the SLVHCS.

Dean Robinson, MD, currently serves as Chief of the Mental Health Service. The SLVHCS Psychology Training Program is currently staffed by 16 doctoral level psychologists. Fellowships at SLVHCS include, two PTSD fellowships, one fellow with an emphasis on the rural and underserved veterans, one substance use fellowship, one chronic pain fellowship, and one primary care mental health fellowship, We currently have five pre-doctoral interns and five postdoctoral fellows. Psychologists apply the knowledge and skills of psychology as a science and profession toward three primary goals: (1) patient assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation; (2) psychology-related education and training; and (3) research designed to enhance knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior and clinically relevant practices. Opportunities are available for interns to participate in all three of these areas. Teaching and research affiliations are currently maintained with Tulane University School of Medicine and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, enhancing the high quality of patient care provided to veterans of these areas. The SLVHCS has six outpatient clinics in the 23 parish southeast Louisiana area.

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