Clinical Psychology Internship and 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.

Overview:

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.

 

Yearlong Rotation:

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.  

Supervision:

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.

CPRP Didactics/Training:
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.

 
Contact Information 
Phone:

706-787-5622

Fax: 

706-787-1458

Hours:

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location:

CPIP & CPRP Director of Training:
Department of Behavioral Health
Eisenhower Medical Center
Building 300, Floor 13 West
Fort Gordon, GA 30905