The AU/MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Psychology Internship requires that the following
standards be met by the completion of the Internship:
- Completion of 2080 hours of training. Georgia requires 2000 hours of internship training
and the VA requires 2080 hours of internship training; we routinely provide 2100 or
more. Required rotations are expected to be completed with no more than one week of
vacation and one week of sick time per 4 months. If an intern misses more than two
weeks of a 4-month rotation block, the amount of time must be made up. The internship
will be a minimum of 48 weeks. The Intern is required to complete the full one-year
tour of duty in which leave does not exceed allowable leave hours/days. Stipends will
be paid to the end of the internship year. If makeup time is needed, it will be completed
- A minimum of 800 hours of direct clinical services. Direct clinical services includes
all patient-specific clinical activities which encompasses individual, family, and
group psychotherapy, consultations and on-site liaison activities, psychological assessments
(including test report writing), and therapy/ assessment documentation.
- By the end of the training year the intern must be rated by the supervisors as having
demonstrated all of the competency milestones targeted for the completion of internship
– Level 3 or higher, which generally represents that the Intern is “competent to implement
clinical skills independently.”
- Consultation and Therapy Logs. In order to increase the empirical vigilance of interns
in their consultation and treatment efforts, they are required to maintain consultation
and therapy logs that record the overall success of their consultation and therapy
endeavors in meeting identified patient goals.
- Interns are required to participate in at least one Outreach Educational and Prevention
Team designed to provide mental health education for consumers and providers in mental
health and medically underserved areas in the region.
- Competency-based evaluations demonstrating proficiency in the Diagnostic Intake Assessment
and the Cognitive Behavioral therapy Assessment (See “Evaluations” section above for
- Competency-based evaluations indicating that the Intern’s performance in the Diagnostic/Treatment,
Psychotherapy Process, and Professional Issues Seminars are rated as having demonstrated
a Level 3 or higher, which generally represents that the Intern is “competent to implement
clinical skills independently*” for all competencies targeted by the seminars by the
completion of the internship date.
- Interns will demonstrate proficiency in psychological testing assessments by accurately
completing a minimum of three assessments in which the intern: (1) demonstrates well-reasoned
selection of the tests to be administered; (2) administers the tests adhering to standardized
testing procedures; (3) effectively interprets and integrates the test data; and (4)
produces an integrated report that accurately communicates the key findings and relevant
recommendations requiring only minimal corrections by the clinical supervisor. To
fulfill the minimum assessment requirement Interns must most also demonstrate proficiency
in at least a neurocognitive screening instrument, one broadband psychological test,
and symptom specific instruments that can be used for screening and/or treatment progress
- Interns must demonstrate they can work comfortably and professionally as a member
of at least three interdisciplinary teams. Interns will demonstrate proficiency in
consultation assessment/treatment strategies by completing a minimum of three consultations
in a medical setting.
- Must complete at least one research-scholarly project in which there is a written
product authored or co-authored by the intern that is publishable.
- Must have appropriately completed all medical record documentation.
- Must complete all One45 evaluations of training experiences, supervisors, and self-evaluations.
Successful Completion of the internship training requirements is documented in the
end of the year Intern Performance Milestones Tracking form and stored in the One45
electronic documentation system. In addition, at the end of the training year the
Training Director composes a letter that is sent to the intern’s respective graduate
school training director verifying the successful completion of the internship.
Diplomas are awarded after all requirements are met.