Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
Psychology Internship Program Facility and Training Resources
Physical Facilities and Other Training Resources
The Captain James A. Lovell FHCC's equipment and facilities are well maintained and constant renovation and reconstruction have resulted in an improved physical plant. A major renovation and expansion project began in 1988 and was completed in 1994. A second major renovation and expansion project, started in 2006 and completed in 2010, integrated Navy and VA healthcare into a Federal Health Care Center on the VA grounds. The Medical Library is staffed by a highly competent professional medical reference librarian. It provides access to 3,000 professional texts and 2,000 bound periodicals and subscribes to over 200 professional journals. The library has Internet and other computerized document and library database retrieval capabilities and has interlibrary loan arrangements with many institutions of higher learning and the entire network of VA libraries.
The FHCC’s physical facilities provide ample private office and treatment space for staff and interns. Professional clinical staff and interns have their own private offices and have networked personal computers or “thin-client” workstations (MS Windows NT operating system-based workstations) connected to the FHCC's main computer system. The system provides access to the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), MS Office Suite programs, the Internet, computerized psychological testing, electronic mail and other utilities. Access to printers, fax and copying equipment is also readily available. The Outpatient Mental Health Clinic is spacious and designed to accommodate a variety of learning and training activities. It includes observation rooms, group therapy rooms, conference areas, and a number of private offices as well as several common treatment offices that can be scheduled in advance for outpatient appointments.
The presence of other VA, public, and private sector health care facilities, and of a number of large and small universities and colleges and their library holdings within easy commuting range, further enhances access to learning resources. The FHCC and its academic affiliates conduct numerous special interest symposia, workshops, teaching rounds and invited speaker presentations on a broad range of topics of interest to health care practitioners in many fields. Many national, regional and state conferences, conventions and meetings of various psychology and related mental health professional associations are held on an annual basis in Chicago. Psychology interns at FHCC are encouraged to take advantage of such activities when appropriate to their training needs.