Psychology Training Internship Program
Information concerning the one year doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Wilmington VA Medical Center in Delaware.
APPIC Match Number
November 19, 2021
VA Psychology Training
The psychology internship at the Wilmington VA is newly established and therefore not yet accredited by the American Psychological Association. We are currently undergoing the accreditation process. Graduates of this internship program prior to accreditation are eligible to apply for postdoctoral fellowship positions and employment within the VA.
We offer two, full-time, one year doctoral internships in Clinical Psychology, with the goal of developing competent and ethical Psychologists with the requisite knowledge and skills required to practice as generalists in a multitude of clinical settings. The Wilmington VA program appointment is for 2080 hours, which is equivalent to full-time status for one year. Training experience will be primarily based out of the outpatient behavioral health clinic, with opportunities for specialized advanced training in Whole Health, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Primary Care Mental Health Integration, and others. All clinical activities will occur in the context of recovery-oriented, interdisciplinary care. For more information, please review our Training Brochure.
The current intern stipend is $28,257, to be paid in biweekly installments. Interns are eligible for health insurance and for life insurance. Interns will also receive paid time off for 11 annual federal holidays and will accrue approximately 13 days each of annual and sick leaves. Administrative leave for events related to professional development may also be granted. All other leaves, such as Family Leave, will be discussed on an individualized basis. This program aims to uphold an accommodating training atmosphere and strives to collaborate with interns to ensure all training requirements are met in a timely manner.
VA training occurs in a health care setting. Some of the patients served by VA are elderly or infirm, and could succumb to common illnesses like influenza. It is important to be able to document that your vaccinations are up to date and that you have been screened for active tuberculosis prior to starting your training at VA or other hospitals. Securing a statement from university student health center, your regular health provider, or an urgent care clinic can expedite your appointment. Additionally, maintaining a current flu vaccination during the training year (or taking additional preventative measures to limit patient exposure to the flu) will be required. Please discuss this with the program training director after you have matched and well before to your start date to facilitate your onboarding.
The COVID-19 pandemic has produced countless educational and professional hurdles for us all. The uncertainties of this pandemic’s future undoubtedly adds layers of additional challenges for students. The Wilmington VA Psychology Training program understands that this will be a difficult year for internship applicants and students. Our program is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all applicants and trainees, without compromising the fundamental integrity of psychological training.
The VA has mandated that all VHA health care personnel, including Health Professions Trainees, be vaccinated for COVID-19.
All current, vaccinated, psychology trainees have been transitioned to part-time telework, with two days spent on-site delivering traditional face-to-face services, and three days off site delivering services via telehealth technologies. Clinical supervision and didactical education will be conducted via both virtual media and face-to-face methods.
Much is unknown about the landscape of the 2022-2023 training year. We will continue to update our status and training materials as more information becomes available. In the meantime, we can comfortably inform this year’s applicants that all interviews will be conducted virtually. We understand this may not be a welcome change for applicants who would like to meet supervisors in-person and gain an experiential feel for the training environment; however, as previously stated, safety is our foremost goal. Our training program will take care to ensure all applicants are given ample time for questions related to the training experience and opportunities to meet with training staff.
Thank you for your understanding and patience!