Clinical Psychology Internship Program

Clinical Psychology Internship Program

Physical Address

Madigan Army Medical Center
Attn: MCHJ-CLU/GME Psychology
9040 Jackson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98431

Contact Information

Phone: (253) 968-6041
Fax: (253) 968-5665
APPIC Program Code: 196511

About

The Madigan Army Medical Center Clinical Psychology Internship Program is an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral internship program. The philosophy of our Internship is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model.

The aims of the training program are to produce highly qualified, autonomous, and professional psychologists who are capable of functioning within a variety of applied settings in the Army and to develop the professional competencies and identity that will serve as a solid basis for a career in health service psychology.

Training

In line with the aims of this training program, there are multiple training activities throughout the year. Madigan adheres to the profession-wide competencies identified by the APA Standards of Accreditation for Health Services Psychology. Throughout all educational activities, Interns will be evaluated on the following profession-wide competencies:

  • Research
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills

Educational Activities

Interns participate in three required rotations during the year for a total of ten months with an additional two months spent on an elective rotation. The three required rotations are Active Duty Service Lane (six months), Neuropsychology (two months), and Primary Care Consultation (two months). Trainees will be able to choose one of the following two month elective rotations: Pediatric Psychology, Intensive Outpatient, Child and Family, or extended time in Neuropsychology or Primary Care Consultation.

Throughout the training year Interns attend weekly didactic seminars in intervention, assessment, psychopharmacology, clinical science, ethics, diversity, supervision, military training, and leadership/management. A monthly case conference, weekly individual and group supervision, and regular distinguished visiting professor workshops are all integral components of the training program. Madigan also boasts an award-winning medical simulation center which is used by the Internship for additional trainings.

Active Duty Service Lane Rotation (6 months)

This rotation is set in an outpatient clinic that provides treatment to active component service members using the Embedded Behavioral Health model in which service providers are aligned with specific military units to better integrate psychological consultation with the medical and command elements who support the service members. This multidisciplinary clinic includes psychiatry and case management services. Individual and group psychotherapy approaches are utilized with a heavy emphasis on empirically validated treatment methods from a variety of behavioral, cognitive, and information-processing approaches.

Interns on this rotation conduct a broad array of psychological evaluations including assessing Army personnel applying to special military training programs such as drill sergeant, recruiter and sniper schools. Comprehensive risk assessment and emergency evaluations are also a focus of assessment training. Interns also develop excellent consultation skills as they learn to communicate findings to leaders of military units while maintaining appropriate ethical boundaries.

Primary Care Psychology Rotation (2 Months)

The primary care rotation embeds Interns within a primary care clinic where they work directly with patients and their primary care providers in a consulting role. This is a fluid and fast-paced environment where clinical complaints range from severe medical problems and medical treatment compliance to routine psychosocial problems. Interns may also be paired with a prescribing psychologist.

Neuropsychology Rotation (2 Months)

On this rotation, Interns will learn how to administer, score, and interpret various neuropsychological tests for brain/behavior disorders. They will also learn how to assess for Traumatic Brain Injuries, write integrative reports, and provide feedback to patients.

Additional 2 Month Elective Rotations:

Pediatric Psychology Elective

The pediatric psychology service provides assessment and interventions to children and their families presenting with serious medical problems and chronic developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders.

Intensive Outpatient Program Elective

This rotation allows the Intern to gain experience providing comprehensive services to service members who require a higher level of care than outpatient services can provide due to experiencing significant behavioral health symptoms. Interns will have the opportunity to work in both the PTSD and Skills and Resilience group therapy programs.

Child and Family Behavioral Health Services Elective

This elective rotation allows the Intern to gain experience providing services to service members and their families with an emphasis on marital therapy in the military system to include assessment, treatment, and risk management.

Neuropsychology Elective

This rotation is ideal for Interns with a specific interest in neuropsychology or who are considering a career in neuropsychology. Through this elective, Interns will further develop their abilities to administer, interpret, and compose comprehensive psychological batteries to assess for dementia and other age- or injury-related cognitive deficits.

Primary Care Psychology Elective

This elective rotation allows the Intern to gain further focused experience in primary care consultation. This rotation is ideal for those who are considering pursuing a career in primary care psychology or who have an interest in health psychology.

Application and Selection

Applicants must be from APA-accredited doctoral programs in health service psychology. Applicants must have a minimum of 400 intervention hours and 150 assessment hours on the APPI and must submit a de-identified sample integrative psychological assessment report with their APPI. Each applicant’s AAPI is further reviewed to determine whether the applicant’s specific experiences are consistent with this program’s training model and aims. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and accept appointment as an Army officer. Applicants are required to contact an Army Health Care Recruiter to assist with this process. All applications also go through the Central U.S. Army selection process.

Commitment to Individual Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy

The Madigan CPIP has a policy outlining our commitment to respect for individual differences and cultural diversity and non-discrimination.

Madigan, the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), and CPIP emphasize the importance of respecting, seeking out, and valuing diverse perspectives and opinions. As future psychologists, interns are expected to be culturally competent and able to work with a variety of populations and individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and our training program is committed to fostering this competency among all interns.

CPIP does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Our program is committed to providing a learning environment for interns, faculty, and staff that is supportive and encouraging for all interns and that values individual differences and diversity factors.

Didactic and experiential training activities and supervision emphasize an understanding of cultural and individual differences and diversity as it relates to the profession of clinical psychology. As such, these areas of competency are interwoven throughout the educational activities in CPIP and are evaluated on each rotation.

Madigan, DBH, and CPIP fall within federal regulation prohibiting discrimination. As such, several policies apply which dictate nondiscrimination in employment. These are described below, and can be found on the Office of Personnel Management web page (www.opm.gov).

  1. AR 600-20 (Army Command Policy) - Chapter six specifically details the equal opportunity policies of the United States Army.

  2. Executive Order 11478 - Under this Executive Order, it is the policy of the federal government to provide equal opportunity employment for all persons on the principle of merit and qualifications without discrimination because of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other nonmerit factor.

  3. Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Sections 2301 and 2303 - These sections classify the federal government’s merit system of principals, and prohibit discriminatory personnel practices within the federal government.

It is the policy of the Government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in Federal employment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or age, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program in each executive department and agency.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data


Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated: August 29th, 2017
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:
    The aims of the training program are to produce highly qualified, autonomous, and professional psychologists who are capable of functioning within a variety of applied settings in the Army and to develop the professional competencies and identity that will serve as a solid basis for a career in health service psychology. The philosophy of our Internship is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model. The focus is on training in adult assessment, treatment, and consultation in an outpatient setting. Training is supplemented in specialty areas such as neuropsychology, primary care psychology, pediatric psychology, intensive outpatient psychology, and child and family psychology (emphasis on marital therapy). Interns are encouraged throughout the year to develop and to utilize their critical thinking skills, their knowledge of the scientific literature, and their ability to evaluate new research findings as a basis for clinical service delivery. Training focuses on the application of ethical decision-making skills and respect for individual differences and cultural diversity throughout experiential and didactic activities. The program recognizes it is essential to begin at each students’ level of professional development and provide opportunities through which existing skills are refined and new skills are acquired.
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: 400
    Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: 150
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
    Applicants must be from APA-accredited doctoral programs in health service psychology. Applicants must have a minimum of 400 intervention hours and 150 assessment hours on the APPI and must submit a de-identified sample integrative psychological assessment report with their APPI. Each applicant’s AAPI is further reviewed to determine whether the applicant’s specific experiences are consistent with this program’s training model and aims. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and accept appointment as an Army officer. Applicants are required to contact an Army Health Care Recruiter to assist with this process. All applications also go through the Central U.S. Army selection process.
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year
    Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns 73,491
    Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
    Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:
    Trainee contribution to cost required? No
    Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
    Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
    Coverage of domestic partner available? No
    Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 30 days per year
    Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave N/A
    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? N/A
Other Benefits (please describe):
  • Tax-advantaged monthly stipend for housing and subsistence
  • Periodic length-of-service pay increases and annual pay increases
  • Eligible for travel on military aircraft
  • Opportunities for continuing professional education (to include specialty fellowships)
  • Full coverage medical and hospital benefits for you and your family, low cost $500,000 life insurance, noncontributory retirement and disability retirement pay
  • Payment of travel expenses and shipping charges for families and personal goods when moving to internship site and follow-on assignments
  • Post Exchange (department store) and commissary (grocery store) privileges with lower prices and tax savings
  • On post officers’ club, sports facilities, childcare, movie theaters, and no or low-cost recreational activities


Initial Post-Internship Positions
2013 - 2016
    Total # of interns 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 N/A N/A
    Federally qualified health center N/A N/A
    Independent primary care facility/clinic N/A N/A
    University counseling center N/A N/A
    Veterans Affairs medical center N/A N/A
    Military health center 16 2
    Academic health center N/A N/A
    Other medical center or hospital N/A N/A
    Psychiatric hospital N/A N/A
    Academic university/department N/A N/A
    Community college or other teaching setting N/A N/A
    Independent research institution N/A N/A
    Correctional facility N/A N/A
    School district/system N/A N/A
    Independent practice setting N/A N/A
    Not currently employed N/A N/A
    Changed to another field N/A N/A
    Other N/A N/A
    Unknown N/A N/A

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



*Revised: August 31, 2017
*Madigan’s Clinical Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the APA and abides by all APA Standards of Accreditation. This Internship was last accredited by APA in 2011.
*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

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