CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (CPIP)
The APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program (CPIP) at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center (EAMC) is designed to produce highly qualified clinical psychologists capable of autonomous functioning in a variety of applied Army settings and to develop professional competencies and professional identity that will serve as a solid basis for a career. It is a 12-month, full-time psychology training program designed to produce psychologists who can manage the dynamic challenges that will be common in their future careers as military or civilian psychologists. The Internship follows a general practitioner model and primarily focused on assessment, consultation, and treatment using empirically validated techniques informed by the scientific literature. Training is supplemented by specialty experiences in military psychology, adult assessment, neuropsychology, and health psychology. In addition to supervised clinical practice, students participate in didactic instruction from in-house staff members, case conferences, and seminars/workshops from invited guest speakers to include nationally recognized professionals in the field of psychology. The Program recognizes that it is essential to begin at each intern's level of professional development and provide opportunities through which existing skills may be refined and new skills developed.
The objective of the program is to foster the development of core skills identified by Army Clinical Psychology programs as being essential to the practice of clinical psychology within an Army setting. These competencies include diagnosis and assessment of mental disorders; psychological treatment/interventions; consultation with other medical personnel and other individuals to include members of military chains of command; personal and professional development (interpersonal and intrapersonal skills); ethical and legal awareness; sensitivity and knowledge of cultural diversity issues; functioning within an interdisciplinary team environment; and developing skills in the use of research in professional practice.
This American Psychological Association-accredited psychology training program is housed on the 13th Floor of a military Medical Center in the Central Savannah River Area of East Central Georgia and has been in existence since 1980.
The core faculty consists of Ph.D./Psy.D. clinical psychologists and psychiatrists within the Outpatient Behavioral Health Service at EAMC. Adjunct staff consists of additional psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, nurse practitioners, and allied professionals from throughout the Careline; adjunct staff are primarily involved in periodic didactics and emergency or on-call supervision. All faculty members are committed professionals who highly value their involvement in the Internship program.
CPIP Clinical Activities:
The training year is organized into phases that reflect a balance of rotational and longitudinal experiences. The first two weeks are an orientation period in which interns receive a brief introduction to the Army, EAMC, OBHS and the internship itself. During the orientation, interns participate in training activities with other new incoming medical officers. Several seminars are also scheduled in OBHS to impart basic knowledge regarding various aspects of clinical practice, especially within the military environment. The orientation period also provides an opportunity for interns and faculty to become acquainted and for the faculty to learn about previous training, experiences, and different skill levels of the new interns. The remainder of the year contains both longitudinal and rotational training experiences, described below.
There are four core rotations lasting approximately 12 weeks each as well as a long-term therapy experience that spans the entire training year. Supervision is provided for all clinical activities. Each intern is assigned both a rotation supervisor and a primary psychotherapy supervisor. Some rotations allow for the intern to be supervised by a 2nd year psychology resident with umbrella supervision by a licensed psychologist. Each intern also participates in a weekly outpatient multidisciplinary treatment team. Interns spend 4-6 hours in supervision per week.
CPIP Core Rotations:
1. Adult Assessment: Interns concentrate on administering, interpreting, and reporting the results of formal psychological assessments with a variety of patients. Interns also learn to work with paraprofessional personnel in the assessment process by completing cases where behavioral health specialists or psychometricians have collected much of the data. The purpose of this rotation is to refine psychological assessment skills and to have an ongoing face-to-face experience with patients who have serious medical and psychiatric problems.
2. Military Psychology: The focus of this rotation is on teaching interns psychological assessments and interventions specific to a military setting and providing command consultation to Army units. The intern will have the opportunity to conduct military unique activities such as command directed behavioral health evaluations, security clearance assessments, drill sergeant/recruiter evaluations, deployment suitability, and provide behavioral health education to a military population. The goal of this rotation is to prepare psychologists to practice effectively in a military setting.
3. Health Psychology: This rotation provides the intern with a comprehensive experience in developing health psychology and behavioral medicine intervention skills and providing consultation to various medical disciplines. Typical interventions include tobacco cessation, weight management, diabetes self-care, and pain management. Consultation skills focus on the impact of psychosocial factors on the treatment, management, and adaptation to a variety of medical conditions. The goal of this rotation is to prepare psychology interns for work in a medical center environment.
4. Neuropsychology: Interns will be exposed to the specialized assessment instruments of Neuropsychology and develop an increased proficiency in all aspects of adult assessment, including cognitive and personality assessment. They will also have an increased understanding of neurobehavioral conditions such as traumatic head injury, cerebral vascular accidents, and dementia and associated remediation or treatment.
CPIP Long-term Therapy Experience:
During the yearlong clinical experience at Outpatient Behavioral Health Services (OBHS), interns participate in assessing walk-ins, engaging in crisis intervention, providing evidenced-based psychotherapies, and conducting psychological assessments. The intern focuses on consultation, evaluation, individual and group treatment, and supervision.
The typical training week will include one or all of the following seminar topics: an assessment/diagnosis topic, a psychotherapy topic, and/or a special topic seminar which typically focus on military and professional development issue. Interns receive an average of 3 hours of scheduled didactic seminars per week (typically on Friday afternoons) plus a one hour case conference (typically on Friday mornings). Interns also participate in a yearlong supervision learning group, which provides them with the competencies needed to provide supervision and eventually serve in a supervisory role. In addition to these regularly scheduled events, the program hosts nationally recognized consultants who conduct workshop on various psychology topics.
A competency evaluation is completed on each intern at the end of each rotation. The structure of the competency evaluations is rooted in the particular APA Benchmarks for Readiness for Entry into Practice consistent with CPIP mission and goals. At the first supervision session for each rotation, the primary supervisor will outline expectations for the rotation and will engage the intern in a supervisory contract. The interns will receive two written competency evaluations per rotation. One evaluation will be at the mid-way point of the rotation (at approximately 6 weeks) and will serve as an interim progress report.
During the last week of each rotation, the primary supervisor will conduct an end-of-rotation evaluative session discussing the intern’s ratings across the competencies for the rotation. The end-of-rotation evaluation is considered formal in nature. For long term therapy, interns will work with a supervisor for six months, receiving both a 3-month (mid rotation) and final evaluation at the end of the six months. While written evaluations are conducted, the program emphasizes ongoing open discussions between the intern and supervisor regarding the intern’s strengths and areas for improvement.
CPIP Qualifications and Selection Process:
The EAMC Clinical Psychology Internship Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and the Program Code Number is 123611. The program follows all APPIC policies and procedures for internship selection. Only applicants who participate in the APPIC match can be matched at EAMC’s internship program. The APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) is available through http://www.appic.org/.
Interns will become active duty officers. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and meet criteria to become Army Officers in addition to other requirements for the internship. Applicants will work with Army HealthCare Recruiter and must meet qualifications for commissioning as active duty Army officers. A 36-month active duty service obligation is incurred after completion of licensure. Qualified applicants come from APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling psychology doctoral programs. Applicants are selected through the APPIC match, but also must be selected for service in the Army through the Army Board Selection Process. Internship interviews are typically scheduled in December. The program prefers to interview candidates in person but will conduct telephonic interviews if needed. The Army Board typically meets in January of every calendar year after internship interviews are completed. The Board reviews application packets and discuses applicant qualifications. Final selections are made using the APPIC match process.
CPIP Application Materials:
A. Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (APPI)
B. Curriculum Vita or resume
C. Letter of interest
D. Official transcripts of graduate work
E. Certification of Internship Eligibility completed by your Training Director (on APPI)
F. 3 Letters of reference (included in the APPI)
G. Indication that Dissertation proposal has been accepted (on APPI)
If you have questions about the program, please call the Program Assistant at 706-787-5622.
This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
To contact your local Army HealthCare Recruiter call 1-800-USA-Army or visit www.goarmy.com
The EAMC Clinical Psychology Internship Program is APA-accredited. The APA Commission on Accreditation can be contacted via the address, phone and email below:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(T) 202-336-5979 (F) 202-336-5978
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY RESIDENCY PROGRAM (CPRP)
Eligibility for CPRP:
The Clinical Psychology Residency Program (CPRP) can accommodate up to six students per academic year. The primary mechanism of fills is the
EAMC Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP); graduating interns may “opt-in” to the CPRP. Periodically and based on needs of the Army, a resident may be accepted a) as a PCS by an Officer having graduated internship at another Army CPIP, or b) as an Active Duty direct accession of an already licensed psychologist. In the latter case, the Residency will serve as a “train-up” to orient the psychologist to military-specific psychological practice. Pre-doctoral requirements are expected to be complete by December 1 to be eligible for the Residency Program, which typically starts on or about Jan. 2.
The intent of the CPRP is to produce autonomous general psychologists capable of managing common challenges in both military and civilian practice while developing professional identity as a psychologist. Training focuses on mastery of traditional clinical skills in therapy, assessment, and consultation, building upon skills built during the internship year, with specific focus on application to a military environment and with a military population.
Residents are supervised in various aspects of service delivery during the CPRP. There is particular emphasis placed on supervision of empirically validated interventions for the treatment of various psychopathology; assessment skills; consultation; teaching; and supervision. Residents’ skills are refined during the training year to ensure they are adequately training in providing services to a diverse Active Duty military population.
CPRP Training Structure and Organization:
The CPRP is part of the Behavioral Health Department within the Eisenhower Army Medical Center organizational and command structure; the program also falls under the Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC).
The CPRP is divided into (4) 3-month clinical rotations and a longitudinal training experience within the Outpatient Behavioral Health Service (OBHS). A formal written evaluation is completed by a doctoral-level psychologist supervisor at the end of each rotation.
CPRP Core Rotations:
1. Advanced Military Psychology: The Resident enhances skills initially developed during the internship year, particularly those associated with military-specific evaluations. Residents on the Advanced Military Psychology Rotation develop professional identity and autonomy in part by providing supervision (under staff umbrella supervision) to interns conducting military-specific evaluations and by conducting various briefings for post leaders.
2. Leadership Rotation: The Resident focuses on learning clinic and departmental administrative skills and works closely with clinic and departmental leadership. The Resident spends a portion of their time engaged in administrative duties and a portion of the time engaged in patient care on the inpatient psychiatry floor.
3. Behavioral Health Officer (BHO) Rotation (at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky): The Resident spends approximately 90-days at Ft. Campbell assigned to an Embedded Behavioral Health (EBH) team. The Resident is under the supervision of a licensed and credentialed psychologist assigned as a Brigade Behavioral Health Officer within the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The Resident’s duty involve providing patient care and advising the Brigade Commander and subordinate leaders on the behavioral health and well-being of the Soldiers. The Resident (under the supervision of the BHO) assists the Command team in effectively managing high risk Soldiers in order to improve readiness and mission effectiveness.
4. Elective Rotation: The Resident typically chooses from available elective options-
o Additional 3-month rotation in Advanced Military Psychology, or
o Elective 3-month rotation in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Memory Disorders Clinic, or Research:
§ TBI: Occurs primarily in the Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Center and emphasizes post-doctoral level neuropsychological training in the evaluation and management of a myriad of referrals from a diverse array of referral sources seeking a neuropsychological opinion regarding differential diagnosis and treatment planning.
§ Memory Disorders Clinic: Is located primarily in the NRC-MDC co-lead by Neurology and Neuropsychology. This training opportunity emphasizes post-doctoral level neuropsychological training in the evaluation and management of dementia seen in the setting of aging, cardiovascular disease, and medically complex patients.
§ Research: Rotation emphasizes training in program evaluation, process outcome, or performance improvement project.
While at OBHS, Residents focus on providing evidenced-based treatment, group treatment, and psychological assessment for service members with a range of psychiatric disorders. The Residents also are assigned to one of the EBH teams for the year. As a member of the EBH team, Residents learn how to provide consultation for operational unit leaders, increase mission readiness of operational units, and how to effectively communicate with operational leaders. The Resident learns how to conduct Unit Needs Assessments as well as psychoeducational briefings and desk-side consultations. A CPRP Faculty member is assigned as the EBH lead team and provides all supervision for activities conducted by the team.
Residents receive 2 hours per week of individual supervision on rotation activities and receive 1 hour per week on therapy cases and EBH. Supervision is provided by a licensed and credential clinical psychologist. Residents also participate in 1 hour of group supervision per week if providing group therapy.
Residents participate in weekly didactics on various psychology and military related topics. These are typically scheduled on Friday afternoons for about 2 hours. Residents also attend the one-week long Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Center and School Combat and Operational Stress Control Course in San Antonio, Texas.
Focus on Professional Licensure:
Residents are expected to earn professional licensure during the Residency Year. Active Duty officers fall under federal guidelines and can practice with a valid license in any State. The Residents operate under supervision of a licensed psychologist throughout their time in the program regardless of licensure status.