VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
The APA accredited internship at VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System (VASLCHCS), is a full-time, generalist internship. We are committed to providing high-quality, generalist internship training. We pride ourselves on creating a friendly, nurturing environment. At VASLCHCS, interns generally select their own rotations. In addition, all interns receive training in six months of both psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment. We aim to create a positive, collegial atmosphere that is conducive for learning and growth.
Training Program Policy Manual
The Training Program Policy Manual includes an overview of the Psychology training Program at the SLC VA Health Care System, our overarching aims, our training philosophy, supervision policies, evaluation policies and our general expectations for trainees.
Psychology Predoctoral Internship
The APA accredited internship at VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System (VASLCHCS), is a full-time, generalist internship. We are committed to providing high-quality, generalist internship training. We pride ourselves on creating a friendly, nurturing environment. At VASLCHCS, interns generally select their own rotations. In addition, all interns receive training in six months of both psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment. We aim to create a positive, collegial atmosphere that is conducive for learning and growth. For full consideration, applicants must have completed at least three years of graduate course work and a minimum of 400 direct contact hours in intervention and 100 hours in assessment. Applicants must be certified as ready for internship by their Director of Training.
Download the 2020-2021 Internship Brochure.
Submit completed APPIC Online APPI by 12:00 Noon (MST) on November 1, 2019.
For full consideration, applicants must have completed at least three years of graduate course work and a minimum of 400 direct contact hours in intervention and 100 hours in assessment.
Applicants must be certified as ready for internship by their Director of Training.
In your cover letter, please describe your particular interests in our training program and indicate the rotations you would be the most interested in.
Include three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a person outside your psychology department. This is not meant to be a barrier for applicants. We understand that in some graduate programs applicants may have only received clinical supervision from their faculty. While letters from clinical supervisors are ideal, applicants may submit a third letter from someone that has worked closely with them outside of their department that is not a clinical supervisor but knows them and their work well—though not necessarily through clinical work. For example, a supervisor that worked closely with you while you were a volunteer in an organization might be a great choice, or if you worked closely with a social worker or clinical pharmacist for an extended period of time so they could provide a strong reference for you would also work well. It helps us to have multiple perspectives describing an applicant, so that is why we ask for a reference that is outside of your department.
Interviews are held during our Open House on 12/17/18, 1/11/19 and 1/18/19. Attending an open house gives you the change to meet many of our clinical supervisors and learn about their rotations, tour the facility and meet with the Training Director. Applicants that are unable to attend an open house will contact the Training Director once they are invited for an interview and we will arrange a video interview. Applicants that are unable to attend an open house are not penalized during the selection process.
Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at VASLCHCS offers five full-time fellowship positions. Applicants canapply to multiple postdoctoral tracks.
• PTSD Track – Tom Mullin, Ph.D. (two positions)
• Health Psychology/Geropsychology – Renn Sweeney, Ph.D. (two positions)
• Substance Abuse-- Heather Pierson, Ph.D. (one position)
▪ PTSD/ TRACK - focus on PTSD, Polytrauma, and readjustment strains for OEF/OIF/OND veterans. This track has been in place since 2008 and is accredited by American Psychological Association. Residents typically split their time in the PTSD Clinic and the Polytrauma Clinic where they learn various times assessments and train in advanced interventions for those with TBI histories as well as PTSD.
Download the Brochure: PTSD Track
▪ Health Psychology & Geropsychology Track – The Health Psychology and Geropsychology tracks have been established since 2013 and are also accredited by APA. One fellow will provide interprofessional primary care/ behavioral health with a lesser focus on geriatrics. One fellow will provide interprofessional primary care/behavioral health to geriatric patients, with a lesser focus on general primary care/behavioral health. Additional areas of emphasis include rural populations, program evaluation and development, and will also allow for the fellow to develop their own specific interests. Download the Current Brochure: Health and Geriatric Track
▪ Addiction Treatment Track- focuses on treating Veterans with co-occurring addiction and mental health, medical, and/or other psychosocial issues. There are multiple specialty opportunities available in this track, including addiction and behavioral health, PTSD, DBT, residential care, and intensive or supportive outpatient care. Fellows will be involved in individual and group therapy, care coordination/case management, and assessment. Many other opportunities exist including leadership experiences, program development and evaluation, among others.
Download the Current Brochure: Addiction Track
Clinical Psychology Practicum
VASLCHCS Practicum usually provides training for a dozen advanced doctoral trainees, usually at least in their third year of graduate school. Currently, we host students from University of Utah Counseling and Clinical Psychology Programs, Utah State and BYU. Training tracks depend on supervisor availability and require a minimum year commitment. There are many choices for training emphasis: PTSD, Vital, Assessment, Outpatient Psychotherapy, and Behavioral Health.
Download the current Psychology Practicum Training Program brochure.
For any psychology training track at VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, we abide by all eligibility requirements as described on this website. Per VA policy, VASLCHCS can only offer internships to United States citizens who are pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited institution.
Leland "Ben" Swanson Ph.D.
Director of Psychology Training
(801)582-1565 Ext. 3493
Practicum - February 15
Internship - November 1
Fellowship - January 1