Internships and fellowships
VA Connecticut health care provides training programs for students at the college, university, and postgraduate levels. Explore our training programs to find out about how we can help you start your career as a health care professional.
Psychology Internship Training & Postdoctoral Training Programs
Depending on the program, the residency is hosted by VA Connecticut Health Care System at the West Haven or Newington division. Residents report to their respective disciplines for matters of professional conduct and development.
The residency experience is unique for the resident and is comprised of clinical, program development, teaching and/or research opportunities. The residents participate as members of interdisciplinary teams.
Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Social Work)
VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) offers training with an emphasis in Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), a therapeutic approach that encourages individuals with severe mental illnesses (SMI) to develop his or her fullest capacities through learning and environmental supports.
The residency follows the scientist-practitioner model and is an interdisciplinary mental health program that offers training in clinical services, program development, research and education to applicants from related mental health disciplines.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is multi-faith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers into supervised encounters with persons in distress. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop a new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs for whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, students gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, students develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships. CPE is designed for people at various stages of life, for example, persons seeking to become board certified chaplains, clergy seeking continuing education, laity wanting to explore/develop themselves as spiritual caregivers, and seminarians preparing for ministry.
Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health
The VA AFWH Fellowship provides two years of post-residency, post-doctoral research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible health professionals (such as physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, etc.). Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and 25 percent of their time engaged in clinical care. The Women’s Health Fellowship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) offers immersive training experiences in women’s health research, policy, and clinical care.