The Medical College of Georgia-Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center Psychology Internship (MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Psychology Internship) was formed in 1982 and has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1983. The APA Commission on Accreditation is recognized by both the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the authority for professional education and training in psychology. The internship was most recently accredited for seven years with the next site visit scheduled for 2019. *
This doctoral internship program is also a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The administrative, financial, and educational support of the internship is equally shared by MCG/Augusta University and the Charlie Norwood VAMC. The Internship was formed with the guiding principle that synergy could be achieved by pooling resources and interrelating the respective institutional education efforts in regard to psychology internship training with a focus on interdisciplinary health care settings. With the broader institutional missions of the Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University and the Charlie Norwood VAMC aimed at providing outstanding educational and clinical service programs involving health professionals, biomedical scientists, and educators at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, this psychology internship has had a breadth of training opportunities in interdisciplinary contexts. Our training model focuses on four primary facets of training in the development of professional psychologists: (1) Training in the implementation of essential practice skills in key field settings; (2) Training in an empirical approach to practice (fostering attitudes of empiricism and reflection); (3) Training in the provision of care for underserved populations and areas; and (4) Training of recovery-oriented care that emphasizes the processes of Connectedness, Hope and optimism about the future, Identity, Meaning in life, and Empowerment. A distinguishing characteristic of our training efforts has been our focus on producing professional and racially/ethnically diverse psychologists who are well prepared for and seek out careers that are directed toward integrated approaches to health care issues and who aspire to cultural competence in their practice. Consequently, the MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Psychology Internship has combined solid grounding in core clinical psychology skills with emphasis training in the areas of medical psychology and health behavior care. Integral to all required rotations and track experiences are joint educational and clinical service activities with primary care physicians, psychiatrists and other physician specialists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other allied health professionals. Furthermore, core competencies that are taught include skills specifically relevant to the provision of mental health care in medical settings: (1) the application of clinical assessment and treatment in medical settings; (2) the ability to function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team; and (3) the development of consultation strategies in medical contexts. Consistent with overarching principles of professional psychology training the curriculum of MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Psychology Internship is intended to provide sequential and cumulative opportunities for the development of and demonstration of core competencies. Furthermore, we strive toward diversity among our trainees and faculty and a training environment that is supportive of diverse individuals and achievement in cultural/diversity competence.
Matching by Emphasis Tracks
Intern applicants are matched according to emphasis track interests. This allows Interns to accumulate a specific expertise that is consistent with their long-range career interests and enhances their marketable upon graduation. Interns are selected on the basis of an emphasis training track in which the training will occur during a 4- month rotation and each Wednesday of the week (for the entire year). Note that when applying via APPIC – for the academic year 2020-2021, Interns will see and select from six Track choices:
Interns may apply for any or all of the tracks on their APPIC match forms.
The program begins in early July and carries an annual stipend of $26,166. We currently fund 9 interns and anticipate funding 9 interns for the Class of 2021.
Application deadline: November 15, 2019
Starting date: July 1, 2020
(Last revised 9-19)
* For any additional information regarding the accreditation status of the internship contact the American Psychological Association, Office of Program and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 (Phone 202-336-5979). http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/index.aspx