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Psychology Internship Program

Accreditation Status

The doctoral internship at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC; formerly the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center) is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (the next site visit will be during the academic year 2020). Questions regarding the accreditation process and status may be addressed to: APA, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.

Number of Intern Positions

The current number of psychology internship position at the FHCC is six.

The number of internship positions can vary from year to year, depending on annual congressional budget allocations -- Budget allocations are announced in late January of the year in which a new training cycle starts.

 

Internship Program Tables

Date Program Tables Updated: June 1, 2017

Internship Program Admission

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

A FHCC Psychology Internship applicant must:

  • Be a US Citizen between the ages of 18 and 62 in good physical and mental health
  • Be free of pending legal action or convictions for criminal infractions
  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in professional (i.e., clinical, counseling or combined professional/scientific) psychology in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program
  • Have satisfactorily completed at least three years of graduate course work
  • Have successfully completed most academic requirements for the doctoral degree, including passing the preliminary, comprehensive, candidacy or qualifying (as applicable at your program) examination.
  • Have formal approval from her/his academic program to go on internship and certification of readiness for the internship experience.
  • Have at least 1000 hours of supervised practicum (See APPIC definition) training, at least 600 of which should be clinical hours.
  • Be expected to complete the doctoral degree within one year after the internship.
  • Possess the interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, stability and temperamental characteristics required for satisfactory work with medical and psychiatric patients.
  • Be able to work cooperatively with other health care workers and professionals.
  • Actively and maturely accept supervision and responsibility for decisions and actions and adhere to standards of professional conduct and ethics.
  • Have basic skills in establishing rapport with patients suffering from a variety of physical and/or emotional disorders, conducting intake and diagnostic interviews, formulating provisional DSM-V diagnoses, administering and interpreting a basic battery of ability, personality and psychodiagnostic tests, and writing psychological progress notes and reports.
  • Have basic competence in counseling or psychotherapy with selected patients under close supervision, as appropriate to the area of emphasis in professional psychology for which the intern is being trained (i.e. counseling, clinical or combined professional-scientific).
  • Have participated in some form of scholarly activity: e.g. pilot studies, dissertation research, or assisting in a research project.

We therefore prefer applicants who have completed all academic requirements for the Ph.D. or Psy.D., including their doctoral dissertation or comprehensive doctoral research project, or applicants who have an approved dissertation or doctoral research project proposal and therefore require only the completion of their dissertation or doctoral project and the internship to receive their doctorate.

We offer full-time yearlong “respecialization” internships to psychologists with doctorates in a psychology area of emphasis other than professional (i.e. Clinical or Counseling) psychology, who desire to respecialize in Clinical psychology. The qualifying prerequisites conform to those outlined for clinical and counseling doctoral students. Respecialization internship applicants are additionally required to have undergone formal academic retraining within an APA-accredited professional psychology program. 

 

 

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours

N

Y

Amount: 600

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours

N

Y

Amount: N/A

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants: Have passed the preliminary, comprehensive, candidacy or qualifying (as applicable at your program) examination.

 

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year:

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Residents

$26,342

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Residents

No part-time positions available

Program provides access to medical insurance for resident?

 

If access to medical insurance is provided

     Trainee contribution to cost required?

     Coverage of family member(s) available?

     Coverage of legally married partner available?

    Coverage of domestic partner available?

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

104

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

104

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

Yes

Other Benefits (please describe)

10 Federal Holidays, 5 days of Administrative Leave for disertation, conferences, post-doctoral fellowship interviews, life insurance, and malpractice liability coverage

 

Initial Post-Intersnhip Positions

(Aggregrated Tally for the Preceding 3 cohorts)

 

2015-2017

Total # of residents who were in the 3 cohorts

18

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree

0

 

PD

EP

Community mental health center

0

2

Federally qualified health center

0

0

Independent primary care facility/clinic

0

0

University counseling center

0

0

Veterans Affairs medical center

10

2

Military health center

0

0

Academic health center

0

0

Other medical center or hospital

1

0

Psychiatric hospital

2

0

Academic university/department

0

0

Community college or other teaching setting

0

0

Independent research institution

0

0

Correctional faciltiy

0

1

School district/system

0

0

Independent practice setting

0

0

Not currently employed

0

0

Changed to another field

0

0

Other

0

0

Unknown

0

0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position, “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be ocunted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position