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) 968-2820
Fax: (253) 968-4489
Internships E-mail: E-mail Us
APPIC Program Code: 196511

About

The Madigan Army Medical Center Clinical Psychology Internship Program is an APA-accredited internship program. The primary mission of the internship is to train competent Army clinical psychologists and strong leaders. Training is based on a “practitioner-scholar” model of training with supplemental rotations in specialty areas such as health psychology, neuropsychology, and pediatric psychology. The internship faculty believes that it is essential to begin at each intern's level of professional development and provide opportunities where existing skills can be refined and new skills assimilated.

Training

Madigan uses the core competencies model for professional psychology identified by the APA Board of Educational Affairs in collaboration with the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC). On each training rotation interns will be evaluated on the following foundational and functional competencies:

Foundational Competencies

  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Ethics and Legal Standards
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Reflective Self-Assessment
  • Scientific Knowledge/Methods

Functional Competencies

  • Assessment, Diagnosis, Conceptualization
  • Intervention & Consultation
  • Supervision/Teaching (Presenting)

Rotations

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 training rotations are Outpatient Behavioral Health (six months), Neuropsychology (two months), and Primary Care Consultation (two months). Based on individually assessed training needs and interests of each intern, trainees will be able to choose from the following two month elective rotations: Pediatric Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, extended time in Neuropsychology or extended time in Primary Care Consultation. Throughout the training year interns attend weekly didactic seminars in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, psycho-diagnostics, ethics, diversity, military psychology, and leadership. A monthly case conference, weekly individual supervision and group supervision as well as regular distinguished visiting professor workshops are all integral components of the training program.

Behavioral Health Outpatient Rotation (6 Months)

This rotation is set in the Behavioral Health Homes (BHH) which consists of the Denali and Yukon Clinics. BHH is a high intensity outpatient clinic that provides treatment to active component service members with high acuity, high risk presentations requiring care beyond brief problem focused treatment.

Evaluation and Assessment: Interns on the Behavioral Health Home rotation are provided opportunities to conduct a broad array of psychological evaluations. Typical training experiences include assessing Army personnel applying to special military training programs such as drill sergeant, recruiter and sniper schools. Psychology interns also complete specialized military evaluations on referred soldiers to assess fitness for continued military service. Comprehensive risk assessment and emergency evaluations is also a focus of assessment training. Interns will also develop excellent consultation skills as they learn to communicate findings to leaders of military units. Furthermore, Interns regularly integrate assessment findings with treatment plans for patients they see in ongoing therapy and learn effective risk assessment and intervention techniques.

Psychological Treatments: Individual and group psychotherapy approaches are utilized with a heavy emphasis on empirically validated treatment methods. Therapeutic approaches emphasize a variety of behavioral, cognitive, and information-processing approaches. Behavioral Health Home staff work closely with integrated psychiatry providers to provide psychopharmacological interventions as indicated.

Primary Care Psychology Rotation (2 Months)

The primary care rotation imbeds 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 span the spectrum of 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 two month rotation, interns will learn how to administer and interpret a neurocognitive screening battery and to assess for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). It is imperative for psychologists working with military populations to be familiar with the assessment and basic treatment for mild TBI.

Additional 2 Month Elective Rotations:

Health Psychology Elective

The Health Psychology elective provides the psychology intern exposure to several areas of health psychology practice. This includes experience with chronic pain treatment, sleep medicine, and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) groups. Furthermore, the psychology intern will also participate in offering consultation to healthcare providers. This is an ideal elective for interns interested in pursuing one of the health psychology post-doctoral fellowships provided by the Army.

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.

Neuropsychology Elective

This rotation allows interns with a specific interest in learning more about neuropsychology and or considering pursuing a career in neuropsychology to enhance their basic knowledge base supplied during the required rotation. Through this rotation interns will also 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 is ideal for those who are considering pursuing a career in primary care psychology.

Application and Selection

Completion of an APA-accredited program is required of all applicants. Applicants are also required to have a minimum of 500 hours of AAPI intervention and assessment hours. Each applicant’s AAPI is further reviewed to determine whether the applicant’s specific experiences are consistent with this program’s training model and goals. Additionally, all applications go through the Central U.S. Army selection process.


*Madigan’s Clinical Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and abides by all APA guidelines and principals. This internship was last accredited by APA in November 2011Questions regarding the APA accreditation process can be addressed by contacting the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at (202) 336-5979 or by e-mail at apaaccred@apa.org. The web site is www.apa.org.

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