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Psychology Training Education

The VA Pacific Islands Health Care System Psychology Training Program consists of an APA accredited internship, an APA accredited postdoctoral residency, and a University of Hawaii affiliated practicum for doctoral level psychology students.

 Internship Program

The psychology internship program at the Pacific Islands Health Care System (PIHCS) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit with during the academic year 2027. The psychology internship program consists of six generalist training positions, inclusive of one generalist-rural health position. We are seeking bright, conscientious, personable, diverse, and well-qualified applicants with the following: a) sound clinical practicum training in psychological assessment, individual, and group therapy with adults, b) ability to function autonomously under appropriate supervision, c) flexibility, maturity and judgment, cultural sensitivity, and interest in a scientist-practitioner training model. Applicants must be U.S. citizens in good-standing (inclusive of formal acceptance of the dissertation proposal by the application deadline) with an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited, Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited, or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited doctoral programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

Applicants must meet Eligibility Requirements for all VA Psychology Training Programs, available at: Eligibility Requirements (These will need to be verified via the TQCVL process prior to the start of internship).    

Postdoctoral Residency Program

The postdoctoral residency program at the Pacific Islands Health Care System (PIHCS) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next APA CoA site visit will be 2029. The program has six postdoctoral residency positions in five emphasis areas: 1) PTSD (2 position), 2) Military Sexual Trauma and Women's Health (1 position), 3) Primary Care-Mental Health Integration/Whole Health (1 position), 4) Rural/Underserved populations (1 position), and 5) LGBTQ+ Health (1 position). We are seeking bright, conscientious, personable, diverse, and well-qualified applicants with the following: a) sound clinical training in psychological assessment, individual, and group therapy with adults, b) ability to function autonomously under appropriate supervision, c) flexibility, maturity and judgment, cultural sensitivity, and interest and experience in the area of emphasis for which they are applying. Applicants must be in good-standing with American Psychological Association (APA) accredited, Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited doctoral programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and in good standing in their APA or CPA accredited internship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will have successfully completed all requirements of the accredited doctoral program (including dissertation and coursework) prior to the start of residency.

Applicants must meet Eligibility Requirements for all VA Psychology Training Programs, available at: Eligibility Requirements (These will need to be verified via the TQCVL process prior to the start of residency). 

The psychology internship and residency programs at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA CoA can be reached at: 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; Telephone: 800-374-2721202-336-5979; TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123.