CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (CPIP)
The Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP) at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center (DDEAMC; Fort Gordon, Georgia) is a 12-month full-time training program in clinical psychology.
The DDEAMC 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
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CPIP is based on a general practitioner model and primarily focuses on assessment, consultation, and treatment using evidence-based techniques informed by the scientific literature. Training is supplemented by specialty experiences in adult assessment, health psychology, neuropsychology, and military psychology. CPIP 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 assimilated. The aims of CPIP are:
To produce highly qualified clinical psychologists who are capable of functioning with professional autonomy in a variety of applied settings in the Army and to develop professional competencies and professional identity that will serve as a solid basis for a career in health service psychology.
The training program provides a variety of learning opportunities for all interns to demonstrate the profession-wide competencies as outlined by the 2017 APA Standards of Accreditation:
b. Ethical and legal standards
c. Individual and cultural diversity
d. Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
e. Communication and interpersonal skills
i. Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills
Throughout training and educational endeavors, the aims are accomplished in the context of the additional task of acquiring knowledge of military roles/responsibilities, administration, and organization. The activities of the CPIP are designed to enhance the knowledge of those Army regulations, organizational, and administrative procedures relevant to the professional practice of psychology in a military setting.
Prior to the formal start of CPIP, there is an orientation period in which interns receive a brief introduction to the military, the hospital, and the different internship activities they will experience throughout the year. During this period of orientation, interns typically participate in interdisciplinary activities with other new incoming medical officers. Several didactic events are scheduled early in the training year to impart basic knowledge regarding various aspects of clinical practice. The orientation period also provides an opportunity for interns and staff to become acquainted and for staff to learn about previous training, experiences, and different skill levels of the new interns. The remainder of the year contains both rotational and longitudinal training experiences. There are four core rotations lasting approximately 12 weeks each as well as a long-term therapy experience that spans the entire training year.
Four Core Rotations (approximately 12 weeks each):
1. Adult Assessment: This rotation concentrates on administering and interpreting both psychological and neuropsychological assessments within an adult patient population. A portion of the rotation will be dedicated to refining psychological assessment skills through ongoing face-to-face experience with adult patients with serious medical and psychiatric problems. The intern will also gain familiarity with administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments. Interns will be exposed to the specialized instruments of Neuropsychology and will develop increased proficiency in cognitive, personality, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) assessment. They will also strive for an increased understanding of neurobehavioral conditions such as cerebral vascular accidents and dementia. Emphasis will be placed on report writing and consulting.
2. Health Psychology: This rotation provides experience implementing health psychology and behavioral medicine interventions with both active duty service members and family members. The intern will gain experience in conducting psychological evaluations prior to bariatric surgery; facilitating smoking cessation groups; conducting wellness/diet/exercise education sessions; and using biofeedback for anxiety and stress management.
3. Military Psychology: The intern gains a comprehensive experience developing military psychology interventions and providing command consultation to units. The intern will have the opportunity to conduct military unique activities such as command-directed behavioral health evaluations; security clearance assessments; and evaluations to determine suitability for Positions of Trust, and other special duties. Interns gain a thorough understanding of medical and administrative regulations pertinent to psychological care and fitness for duty. The goal of this rotation is to prepare psychologists to function effectively in a both a deployed and garrison military setting.
4. Clinical Rotation: The intern concentrates on exposure to and delivery of evidence-based care and therapeutic intervention consistent with the DoD/VA Clinical Practice Guidelines. A focus of this rotation will be treatment for PTSD and other combat or operational stress reactions, sleep problems, recurrent suicidal ideation, depression and anxiety. Specific evidence-based treatments to be covered during the internship year include Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Written Exposure Therapy (WET), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), and Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). In addition, interns will have the opportunity to work with adult patients in a group-focused Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) setting.
Long-Term Therapy Experience (entire year):
Long-term Therapy: This activity spans the entire training year and takes place in DDEAMC’s outpatient Multidisciplinary Behavioral Health Clinic. During this experience, the intern focuses on individual and group treatment, crisis intervention, evaluation and assessment, consultation, and supervision primarily as they apply to a military outpatient setting.
Didactics/Seminars (throughout the year): Interns attend weekly didactic seminars on topics related to psychology and officership and attend weekly case conferences. Interns may have the opportunity to attend trainings at other Army sites. Interns also attend DDEAMC Grand Rounds provided through various graduate medical education programs. Additionally, there are workshops conducted by invited speakers or offered in conjunction with the Augusta University/Veteran Administration (AU/VA) Internship Program. The invited speakers are typically nationally known psychologists. Recent workshop topics include:
Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory- Restructured Format (MMPI-2-RF)
Assessment of ADHD
Learning and Attentional Disorders
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
Technology In Behavioral Health
Core Faculty: The core Faculty consists of Ph.D./Psy.D. (licensed and credentialed) Clinical Psychologists and psychiatrists at DDEAMC. The core faculty has a wide range of experience, expertise, and clinical interests. The Faculty are committed to lifelong learning and represent American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Certification in Clinical, Health, and Neuropsychology. For more information on the core Faculty, please call the CPIP Administrative Assistant at 706-787-5622.
Adjunct staff (Institution Supervisors): Licensed and credentialed clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and allied professionals from throughout the Department; adjunct staff are primarily involved in periodic didactics and emergency or on-call supervision.
Resources and sections within the Department of Behavioral Health include:
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services (OBHS)/Multidisciplinary Behavioral Health Clinic: Diagnostic, therapeutic and referral services for adult outpatients are available on self or professional referral. An interdisciplinary staff offers a variety of therapeutic modalities. Interns serve as members of a multidisciplinary team within OBHS as a means of gaining experience in intake interviews, psychotherapy, case conceptualization, and crisis interventions.
Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS): CBHS is the primary portal of services for AIT Soldiers assigned to 15th Signal Brigade and also provides outreach services to other units in Fort Gordon. Services include individual counseling; walk-in/crisis intervention services; group therapy; and outreach services for units on Fort Gordon (to include coordinating suicide awareness/prevention training, assisting in unit safety briefings, crisis management/intervention, and consulting with unit commanders/1SG's).
Child and Family Behavioral Health Services (CAFBHS): CAFBHS provides clinical interventions on an outpatient basis to all military beneficiaries to include military dependents. CAFBHS serves as the primary portal for children and dependents seeking behavioral health care as well as the primary resource for martial counseling.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): The IOP is collocated with CAFBHS and serves active duty patients in need of intense outpatient services. The program is approximately four weeks long and occurs five days a week from 0800-1200. Command approval must be obtained prior to a patient being enrolled in IOP.
Inpatient Psychiatric Service: The Inpatient Psychiatric Service is designed to maintain an adult population approximately 12 patients. A variety of disorders are seen in a population with varying demographic features and ethnic backgrounds. All accepted forms of psychiatric treatment are available for use as indicated. Emphasis is on intensive, short-term, and crisis stabilization care.
Residential Treatment Facility (RTF): The RTF provides intensive inpatient treatment for Active Duty personnel (across all service branches) with alcohol and other substance dependence disorders and co-morbid disorders to include PTSD, depression, and mild traumatic brain injury. The program provides comprehensive assessments and treatment based on abstinence models, evidence-based treatment, CBT, motivational interviewing, and family systems approaches. Treatment is from an interdisciplinary team approach that includes psychologists, psychiatrists, chaplains, social workers, nurses, and occupational and recreational therapists.
Family Advocacy Program (FAP): FAP provides outpatient services to military eligible individuals and family members and receives calls from mandated reporters regarding potential cases of abuse. Services typically are aimed at those involved in alleged and confirmed child and spouse abuse cases, but can also include martial counseling and parenting education classes.
Resources and sections outside the Department of Behavioral Health include:
Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Center: The Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Center (NRC) is comprised of both the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic and the Neurology Clinic. The NRC provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and referral services for adult outpatients who are professionally referred to the center. The NRC uses mostly medical intervention but may also make recommendations for lifestyle and behavioral changes in order to provide the patient with the optimum situation for improved health. NRC utilizes established treatment guidelines for headache, memory loss, insomnia, mood issues, and neurological issues.
Telebehavioral Health: Various workstations are fitted to provide telebehavioral health services via a secured connection. Providers often conduct non-emergency evaluations and therapy services via telebehavioral health to service members within the Region. The Region also has a Telebehavioral Health Service on Ft. Gordon that conducts evaluations, medication management, and therapy services.
Duty Hours. The clinical areas where interns provide patient care usually have clinic hours equivalent to 40 hours per week, typically Monday to Friday from 0730-1630. However, for interns to obtain the maximum training value, including assigned and self-identified reading, a minimum of 50 to 60 hours per week is usually necessary. Duty days are days in which the clinic is officially open and do not include weekends or holidays (or training holidays).
Ordinary Leave. Ordinary (personal) leave may be granted when, in the judgment of the Program Director, the absence will not interfere with the intern's progress in the program. Although military interns accrue paid military annual leave at the rate of 2.5 days per month, they will not be allowed more than 10 days off during the training year per APA.
Permissive TDY. Interns may be granted up to 5 days of Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY) for the purpose of attending professional workshops, meetings, presentations, or dissertation defense. PTDY is at no expense to the government. The Program Director may recommend approval for PTDY when it is deemed to contribute to the training goals of the intern or program.
Passes. Interns may be given 3-day weekend passes for scoring 270 or above (90/above on each event) on the APFT. Absences for a pass will generally be counted against the 10 days of leave during the training year.
Sick Days. Days off because of illness will generally be counted against the 10 days away from training (although not military annual leave) during the training year. This is to ensure that the intern reaches the required 2000 hours of supervised training. If an intern is ill, it is expected that he/she will go to Sick Call or obtain a same-day appointment. Interns are not changed “sick leave” but may receive a “quarters slip” from the medical professional. In the event of extended illness, or other emergency situations, extension of the training period might be required to meet the training requirements.
Federal Holidays and Training Holidays. Government employees are granted numerous federal holidays throughout the year. In addition, at the discretion of the Hospital Commander, military service members are often granted an additional “training holiday” in conjunction with a federal holiday. Training holidays are the discretion of the Hospital Commander and may be canceled with short notice.
Entry Skills Evaluation. An initial evaluation of each intern's skills is conducted prior to beginning the first rotation. This evaluation along with the intern’s prior training history is used to make rotation recommendations and generally inform the staff of each intern’s strengths and areas for growth.
Competency Evaluation. A formal competency evaluation is completed on each intern at the end of each rotation. The purpose of the evaluations is to provide summative feedback on the intern’s observed level of proficiency in the profession-wide competencies as described in the 2017 APA Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology. This summative feedback is designed to be in concert with formative feedback provided throughout the rotational experience
At the first supervision session for each rotation, the primary supervisor will outline expectations for the rotation. The interns will receive two written 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.
Supervisors will observe the intern during an evaluation period either live or via video recording.
Training Report: The Program Director will meet with each intern to discuss progress in training across all activities. The Program Director will complete a Training Report on each intern during this time detailing a summary of the intern’s performance d APA-competencies at the 6-month mark of internship and at the completion of internship. The Training Report is kept in the intern’s CPIP file and a copy is also sent to the intern’s doctoral program training director.
Student Summary/Evaluation of Rotation. At the end of each rotation, interns complete a written review of their rotation experience on a standard template, which includes information related to types of cases seen (e.g., gender, ethnic background, diagnosis); psychological assessment instruments utilized; hours of supervision completed; training and didactics completed; and other professional development activities. Each intern will also provide, via this form, feedback regarding the rotation (strengths and areas for improvement), supervision, orientation to the rotation, and self-assessment of performance. The intern's written evaluative statements of the each rotation and the program are kept in the intern’s secure training file for future reference
Transition to Practice Exercise. Twice during the academic year interns will be evaluated through an oral examination process called the Transition to Practice Exercise. The objective of the oral examination is to assess the intern’s ability to present a brief case history, integrate interview data and test results and make good clinical decisions and develop appropriate case management. It is also designed to assess the competencies required to provide psychology services at the entry-level for independently licensed psychologists.
CPIP conceptualizes supervision from a competency-based framework and primary focuses on developing learning strategies to assist interns in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values that form each clinical competency. In order to achieve this goal, supervisors consider the individual developmental and multicultural factors of the intern in forming the learning strategies. CPIP strongly encourages the use of a supervision contract with all rotational and longitudinal supervision activities in order to clearly address roles, responsibilities, expectations, and requirements of the training period.
Rotation Supervision. Each rotation supervisor will be the primary supervisor for interns assigned to his or her rotation. The rotation supervisor is responsible for providing a minimum of two hours per week of formally scheduled individual supervision to each intern. Rotation supervisors will also provide ad hoc supervision as requested by the intern.
Psychotherapy Supervision. Interns will be assigned a psychotherapy supervisor within the Outpatient Behavioral Health Service. The psychotherapy supervisor is responsible for providing a minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision for adult psychotherapy cases and other treatment cases extending beyond a given rotation.
Generally, interns will work with a psychotherapy supervisor for six months and then be assigned a new psychotherapy supervisor in order to maximize their exposure to the faculty.
Walk-In Clinic Supervision. Interns will be assigned to walk-in clinic, typically for 4 hours per week, under the supervision of the credentialed, licensed provider covering the clinic.
Supervision of Supervision: Interns receive one hour per week of supervision of supervision in a group format. Interns receive didactics in providing supervision as well as practical work in providing peer supervision. The Supervision of Supervision group is led by at least one faculty psychologist. Interns alternate between being the supervisee and the supervisor during this group experience.
Frequency of Case Supervision. The amount of supervision provided the intern on any given patient is at the discretion of the supervisor and the needs of the student. However, each note of the patient must be countersigned in the electronic medical record by the intern’s supervisor. There will be at least one supervisory note for every three hours of therapy provided by the intern documenting each supervisory discussion. Interns will always have back up coverage by a credentialed provider for emergent coverage, triage evaluations, and evaluations in the Emergency Department. Interns average 4-5 hours of face-to-face therapy, rotation, emergent/triage, and group supervision per week.
CPIP Qualifications and Selection Process:
The DDEAMC 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 DDEAMC’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 November and the applicant should consult with the APPIC Directory regarding specific interview dates. 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 (included in the APPI)
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. Attestation that Dissertation proposal has been accepted (on APPI)
H. Attestation on the APPI of a minimum of 500 Intervention and 150 Assessment hours obtained. If the applicant is currently in a practicum placement and will obtain the additional intervention and/or assessment hours prior to starting internship, the applicant should indicate the number of anticipated hours on the AAPI.
If you have questions about the program, core faculty, or would like a copy of the current handbook emailed to you, please call the Program Administrative 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
Applicants can download an APPIC Applicant Agreement from the Matching Program website at www.natmatch.com/psychint or through the APPIC website at www.appic.org
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.