VUMC Internship in Professional Psychology

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Internship in Professional Psychology (VUMC-IPP) will now consist of the VUMC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Divisions of Adult Psychology and Child Psychology.  The training sites are located in a large university medical center in Nashville.  The VUMC-IPP is a member of the Internship and Postdoctoral Programs in Professional Psychology (AAPIC) and has been continuously approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1971.  An APA site visit will occur in the fall of 2018.

The VUMC-IPP offers training in three specific Primary Placements (or Major Emphasis Areas):

  1. General Adult Psychology
  2. Child and Adolescent Psychology
  3. Psychosis

The internship is structured to provide an in-depth, immersive experience at one Primary Placement (or Major Area of Study) which should be congruent with the intern’s primary interest area (i.e., adult, child, psychosis).  The VUMC-IPP also provides a substantive training experience in a Secondary Placement (or Emphasis), which allows for the pursuit of special interests or the strengthening of areas of weakness in the intern’s past training experience. The structure of the internship is described in detail below.  

The training program is conceptually grounded in the scientist-practitioner model of the profession. The VUMC-IPP  recognizes that the primary focus of the internship year is on the acquisition of clinical experience in a well-supervised environment conducive to learning and professional development.  Training in clinical techniques is presented in relation to the framework of science that underpins clinical practice. The internship is located in an academic/medical center setting which offers the opportunity for involvement in research and interns are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of these opportunities. 

The administrative structure and governance of the training program are outlined below and described in detail in the Internship’s By-laws, which are available in the “Downloads” section.

Overview

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Internship in Professional Psychology (VUMC-IPP) is a member of the Internship and Postdoctoral Programs in Professional Psychology (AAPIC) and has been part of the Vanderbilt – Veterans Affairs Internship in Professional Psychology which has been continuously approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1971. Currently, we are transitioning to an independent site and are Accredited on Contingency with a site visit planned for fall of 2018.

Training Period

July 2, 2018 – June 28, 2018

Positions Available

We expect to have 3 full-time positions available for the 2018-2019 training year.

General Adult Psychology: 1  (NMS #:  245412)
Child & Adolescent Psychology: 1  (NMS #: 245414)
Adult- Psychosis Emphasis Track: 1  (NMS #: 245420)

Stipends

$25,000

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled in an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Approved (CPA) accredited graduate program and have completed at least three years of graduate academic work.  Applicants must have a minimum of 550 Total Intervention and Assessment Hours as defined by the AAPI.  Requirements are described in detail here.

How to Apply

Instructions on how to apply are detailed here.  The Internship follows the policies and procedures of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), including participation in the Match.  All application materials are submitted via the APPIC online application system (www.appic.org).  Applicants may apply for one or multiple tracks within the Internship.

Application Deadline

November 3, 2017

Interviews

Following initial evaluation of applications, a group of applicants will be invited to interview.  Interviews are a full day event.  Applicants selected for interview will be notified by December 8th, 2017.  For applicants that applied to multiple tracks, and are selected to interview for more than one track, interviews will be coordinated over 2 days.  

Interviews for the General Adult Psychology and Psychosis tracks will be conducted on the following dates:

December 11, 2017

December 15, 2017

January 5, 2018

January 8, 2018

 

Interviews for the Child and Adolescent Psychology tracks will be conducted on the following dates:

December 11, 2017

December 13, 2017

January 5, 2018

January 8, 2018

Internship Director

Blythe Corbett, PhD

Primary Supervisors:

General Adult Psychology: Sonia Matwin, PhD

Child & Adolescent Psychology: Jon Ebert, PsyD & Tarah Kuhn, PhD

Psychosis: Neil Woodward, PhD

All interns are admitted to the internship within one of the three Primary Placements (or Major Areas of Study), described in the “Primary Placements” section. Each intern devotes three and one half days per week to clinical training and supervision within their primary placement. It is, therefore, very important to review carefully the descriptions of each placement to decide which is will provide the best fit for your training interests.

In addition, each intern will spend one day a week at a Secondary Placement (or Emphasis) which allows for the pursuit of special interests or the strengthening of areas of weakness in the intern’s past training experience. Selection of a secondary placement occurs after the beginning of the internship year and plays no role in acceptance decisions (see "Secondary Placements"). 

Didactics

All interns attend regularly scheduled case conferences and didactic seminars that are organized as part of the internship experience. The didactics are conducted in collaboration with the VA TVHS internship, which has been conducted for many years as part of the previous VU-VA Consortium. These mandatory training activities occupy approximately one half day each week, currently on Friday mornings. In addition to the presentation of clinically or professionally relevant content, a major objective of these collaborative training activities is to provide a structure within which members of the intern class may interact and learn from one another. There is also an abundance of conferences, colloquia, workshops, and research opportunities open to interns in the collaborative settings, in the larger university community, and the Nashville area. Participation in some of these activities can be arranged through negotiation with your primary supervisor, and will serve to enrich the internship year and provide a setting for valuable interaction with other professionals.

Research

All interns are required to participate in Research Symposium Day which takes place in late June near the end of the training year. The overall goal of this requirement is grounded in the Internship’s scientist-practitioner model of training, and provides an alternative avenue to analyze, synthesize and present the science that underpins clinical practice. With that in mind, the expectation is that each intern will present a topic of scholarly and scientific research in an interest area of their choosing. This requirement can be met in several ways. Interns can choose to complete a unique research or quality improvement project in collaboration with a faculty member on-site during the training year. Interns can also choose to present their previous or ongoing research, with emphasis on demonstrating the clinical relevance of their findings. This may include work related to their dissertation. A case study highlighting and incorporating the relevant research literature would also suffice. Presentations are 10-15 minutes in length, and have historically been in poster format. Other audio-visual aids such as handouts and/or power point slides can also be utilized to supplement the oral presentation.

Stipend

The stipend for the 2018-2019 internship year is $25,000.


Health Insurance

Vanderbilt offers health insurance as a benefit of employment.


Vacation and Sick Time

All interns are allowed a minimum of two weeks (i.e. 10 working days) annual leave (vacation), two weeks of sick leave (i.e. 10 working days), and seven professional days (to be used for professional meetings and workshops, dissertation related activities, job interviews, etc.). Arrangements for leave should be negotiated in advance with the relevant training sites except in cases of emergency. Extended periods of absence due to serious illness, illness of a family member, etc., will need to be made up by extending the period of the internship in order to complete training requirements.


Parking

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers several parking options for all employees.


Additional Resources

All interns have access to Vanderbilt University library resources, as well as the library and computer resources available at their training sites.

The VUMC-IPP adheres to the APPIC Match Policies, which can be found here http://www.appic.org/Match/Match-Policies.

 

The Consortium has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1971.  The most recent site visit by the APA occurred in April of 2013 and the Consortium received accreditation for seven years. Currently, we are transitioning to an independent site; namely, the VUMC-IPP and have received Accreditation on Contingency of a site visit for the fall of 2018.  Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation using the contact information below.

 

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002-4242

(202) 336-5979

apaacred@apa.org

 www.apa.org/ed/accreditation