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The AU/MCG-CNVAMC Psychology Internship was formed with the guiding principle that synergy could be achieved by pooling resources and interrelating the respective institutional education, clinical service and research efforts in regard to psychology internship training with a focus on the provision of care in interdisciplinary health care settings. With the broader institutional missions of the Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia 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. The internship is well-integrated into a broad array of clinical enterprises with the consortium partners. Specifically, the AU/MCG-CNVAMC Psychology Internship operates within the broad institutional missions of the Medical College of Georgia (the School of Medicine within Augusta University) and the Charlie Norwood VAMC that provide educational and clinical service programs as well as ongoing research involving health professionals, biomedical scientists, and educators at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Clinical services across the consortium partners all involve interdisciplinary-integrated health care services that include multiple professionals coordinating care on behalf of their patients.  As stated in their respective institutional descriptions and mission and value statements, both aspire to excellence in education, discovery/research, and clinical care. As noted above, the program goals of this internship are highly consistent with these broader institutional missions and values.  In 2009 the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) put AU/MCG and the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior in administrative charge of clinical services at East Central Georgia Regional Hospital (ECRH) to promote state-university collaborations in correcting the public psychiatric hospital’s deficiencies of Georgia. This partnership enabled the alignment of ECRH’s mission that had primarily focused only on service provision for individuals with chronic and serious mental illness and forensic assessments and psychotherapy services to shift to the broader mission/vision of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and AU/MCG.  Thus the AU/MCG-CNVAMC Psychology Internship aspired to not only achieve excellence in clinical care for those with serious/chronic mental illness and forensic services, but also to make advances in educating a mental health workforce and engaging in research pertinent to the needs of the ECRH patient population.

As a review for previously stated integration of the internship training with the institutional services and programs, the internship training is aligned with the following clinical/educational services within the consortium partners:

MCG/Augusta University Health Center:

  • Adult Psychiatric Consultation Service
    • Provides Psychiatric Consultations for all inpatient adult services
  • Infectious Disease Clinic (HIV) – Psychology C/L Services
    • Provides integrated health care for individuals infected with, and affected by HIV/AIDS; Also provides services to LGBTQ patients and families
  • Eating Disorders Program - Assessment, Consultation/Liaison Service and Treatment
    • Provides interdisciplinary assessment and treatment for patients with eating disorders and other feeding disturbances
  • Adult Neurology Clinic - Assessment, Consultation/Liaison Service and Treatment
    • Provides interdisciplinary assessment and treatment for patients with neurological disorders
  • GI Medicine - AU Health Center for Obesity & Metabolism
    • Provides evaluations of and treatment for individuals seeking bariatric surgery to address morbid obesity
  • Cancer Center - Psychology CL Services and Brief Psychotherapy
    • Provides integrated health care for individuals with cancer
  • Children’s Hospital of Georgia – Child Psychiatry Consultation Service
    • Provides consultations for all inpatient pediatric services
  • Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic - Assessment, Consultation/Liaison Service and Treatment
    • Provides interdisciplinary assessment and treatment for patients with cystic fibrosis
  • Pediatric Enhanced Primary Care Clinic - Assessment, Consultation/Liaison Service and Treatment
    • Provides interdisciplinary assessment and treatment for pediatric patients with comorbid psychiatric conditions
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease (HIV) - Psychology C/L Service
    • Provides integrated health care for children with HIV/AIDS

Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior-Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic:

Note: Many of the patients assessed and treated in this clinic are associated with the services listed above.

  • Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychiatry – Assessment and Therapy Services
    • Provides a full range of assessment and treatment for services with children and their families
  • Behavioral Health (adult services) – Assessment and Therapy Services
    • Provides a full range of assessment and treatment services with adults
  • LGBTQ Health Services - Assessment and Therapy Services
    • Provides assessment and treatment services through the outpatient clinic and the Equality Clinic of Augusta.

Employee and Faculty Assistance Program

  • Assessment and Brief Psychotherapy Services
    • Provides assessment and brief counseling/psychotherapy sessions for staff and faculty at Augusta University

AU Student Counseling & Psychological Services (SCAPS)

  • Provides mental health services for all students attending Augusta University

ECRH:

  • Forensic Unit – Assessment and Psychotherapy Services
    • Provides forensic evaluations for adjudication of individual with criminal charges and evidence of mental illness, as well as a full range of treatment services for these individuals is provided
  • General Mental Health Unit – Assessment and Psychotherapy Services
    • Provides a full range of assessment and treatment services with adults with chronic/serious mental illness

CNVAMC

Uptown Division:

  • Behavioral Health in Primary Care Integration - Psychology C/L Services
    • Provides integrated primary health care for veterans
  • Blind Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit - Psychology C/L Services
    • Provides integrated rehabilitation services for veterans with injuries resulting in prominent visual impairment
  • Chronic Pain Program - Psychology C/L Services
    • Provides integrated pain management services for veterans
  • Geriatric Service - Psychology C/L Services
    • Provides integrated physical and behavioral health care for older veterans
  • Outpatient General Mental Health Service – Assessment and Therapy Services
    • Provides a full range of behavioral health assessment and treatment services with veterans
  • Substance Abuse Recover Clinic - Assessment and Therapy Services
    • Provides treatment, education and support, including recovery opportunities for any Veteran with a substance abuse disorder
  • Suicide Prevention Program
    • Provides training in suicide risk evaluation, safety planning, clinical interviewing, crisis line calls, and case management of high risk for suicide veterans
  • TBI Polytrauma Evaluation Clinic – Assessment and CL Services
    • Provides integrated rehabilitation services for veterans with brain injuries
  • Trauma Recovery Clinic – Assessment and Therapy Services
    • Provides integrated behavioral health care for veterans experiencing PTSD resulting from combat trauma and/or military sexual trauma

Downtown Division:

  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Unit – Assessment and Therapy Services
    • Provides integrated rehabilitation services for veterans with spinal cord injuries
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
    • Provides diagnostic and treatment consultation to interdisciplinary staff throughout CNVAMC

NOTE: Generally, the work duty hours for all consortium partners is from 8:00-6:00, although direct patient care activities end at 4:30 p.m. in the CNVAMC.  Completion of 2080 hours of training for the internship is required.