Psychology Training Programs - Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
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Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

 

Psychology Training Programs

Internship Program

The JBVAMC Clinical Psychology Internship Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association and adheres to the guidelines of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Our last completed accreditation review commenced in 2012, and we obtained full accreditation through 2020, the maximum period that can be granted to an internship setting. We are currently under review for re-accreditation. Accreditation documentation may be viewed upon request. APA accreditation has been maintained continuously since our first accreditation in 1979.

The JBVAMC’s internship program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of clinical training. Empirical support of clinical work and training is highly valued in your program, which combines both experiential and didactic training. Across the tracks of the program, mentorship of the whole intern is highly valued as the program seeks to develop its interns’ competencies in the delivery of a broad range of psychological services and activities.

According to VA policy, internship funding can be provided only to students who are U.S. citizens and are enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology. In addition, we require that a prospective intern's university advisor or director of training verify that he or she approves and recommends that the student receive an internship at this facility as specified on the APPIC "Academic Program's Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness" form. Only 52-week, full-time internships are available.

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Psychology Internship - Chicago

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Application Instructions - Chicago

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program PTSD-Pain-SUD Track

The Jesse Brown VAMC trains two fellows for our 1-year postdoctoral program in psychology aimed at providing interprofessional education (IPE) in the treatment and assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and substance use disorder. Fellows develop competencies in clinically addressing these diagnoses individually, with reliance on empirically based practices (EBPs), with comorbidity among them being a particular emphasis. Multiple healthcare disciplines are leveraged to provide the fellows consultation and didactic experiences on these topics, and collaboration with non-psychologist healthcare providers is a focus of the training year. The goal of this program is to prepare fellows to emerge from the program fully prepared to independently practice in an interdisciplinary, collaborative care setting in the VHA, with competencies of delivering services using a patient-centered approach.

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Psychology Fellowship - Chicago

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Application Instructions - Chicago

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program—Severe Mental Illness

The Jesse Brown VAMC trains one fellow for our 1-year postdoctoral program in psychology aimed at providing interprofessional education (IPE) in the assessment and treatment of severe mental illness (SMI), including schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and severe, chronic mood disorders. The fellow develops competencies in clinically addressing these diagnoses using empirically-based practices (EBPs). Multiple healthcare disciplines are leveraged to provide the fellow consultation and didactic experiences on these topics, and collaboration with non-psychologist healthcare providers is a focus of the training year. The goal of this program is to prepare the fellow to emerge from the program fully prepared to independently practice in an interdisciplinary, collaborative care setting in the VHA, with competencies in delivering services to SMI populations using a patient-centered approach.

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Psychology Fellowship - Chicago

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Psychology Fellowship SMI - Chicago 

Externship Program

The JBVAMC Clinical Psychology Externship Program is a longstanding section of our training program, dating back several decades. This program is designed to provide approximately one year’s practicum training to graduate students enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs. Although the bulk of our externs in the past have been students enrolled among the 15 APA-accredited clinical and counseling psychology programs in the Chicago area, externs from other states have also been known to participate in our training program.

JBVAMC’s externship program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of clinical training. Empirical support of clinical work and training is highly valued in our program, which combines both experiential and didactic training. Prospective externs apply to specific rotations selected from multiple options at the time of application so that training experiences can best be matched to candidates’ interests and career objectives.

Most externship experiences are structured as either year-long or two 6-month rotations. All externs are expected to serve 20 hours each week, including a 1-hour didactic, which historically has been held on Friday afternoons. Externships are unpaid. A pre-specified allowance of leave is given for sickness, planned absence, and applying for internship, if applicable.

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Psychology Externship - Chicago

Contact Us

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Jamie Mathews, PsyD
Director of Training

Psychology Section

820 S. Damen Ave.
MHSL/Psychology (116)
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 569-8387
vhachspsychologytraining@va.gov

APPIC Match Numbers

General—126811 Neuropsychology—126812 Health—126813
Acute Crisis Intervention—126814

Applications Due

Internship:
November 1, 2020
Postdoctoral Fellowship:
January 4, 2021
Externship:
Applications will be accepted between January 4-January 29, 2021. We encourage applicants to submit their application as early in the cycle as is feasible.

 

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