The Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry offers exceptional training in clinical psychology through the Vanderbilt-Veterans Affairs (VA) Internship in Professional Psychology. Our Consortium has been accredited by the APA since 1971. The Consortium accepts 12 interns per year, 6 within the Department of Psychiatry (including 3 at the Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center), and 6 within the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, located in one of America's most interesting and dynamic cities, provides an ideal place for your training. The Medical Center is located on the beautiful Vanderbilt University campus and is within walking distance of the Nashville VA Campus, the Vanderbilt Department of Psychology, and the Vanderbilt University Psychological and Counseling Center, as well as many restaurants, entertainment venues, and green spaces.
Our training program is conceptually grounded in the scientist-practitioner model of the profession. The primary focus of the internship year is on the acquisition of clinical experience in a well-supervised environment conducive to learning and professional development. Training in clinical techniques is presented in relation to the framework of existing and emerging science regarding brain processes and development, therapy implementation and outcomes, and biopsychosocial conceptualization. Because the internship is located in an academic/medical setting, research opportunities are available, and interns are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of these opportunities.
Adult Psychology: Training in the provision of psychological services to adults is conducted through Vanderbilt Adult Psychiatry outpatient clinics and the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. The clinics and the inpatient settings are staffed by teams of multidisciplinary professionals from psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and social work. Adults who receive state-sponsored insurance coverage, generally those with chronic mental illness and/or the working poor with mental health needs, are eligible for treatment regardless of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin. Vanderbilt Adult Psychiatry offers services to a broad spectrum of mental health clients, ranging from those with mild impairment to severe disability. Comorbid psychiatric, personality, developmental, and physical illness diagnoses are common for the clients we serve.
Child Psychology: Training in the provision of psychological services to child and adolescent populations is conducted through a primary placement in the Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, with additional training through the Child Mental Health Center at Vanderbilt and the C/A programs in the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. Children and families present to these clinics with a range of psychiatric issues including conduct and behavioral disturbances, trauma histories, adjustment problems, depression and anxiety, and symptoms of psychosis. Psychology Interns gain experience with clients ranging in age from early childhood to late adolescence and from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Clients are often involved in multiple child-serving systems (e.g., child welfare systems, school systems), and have often been exposed to a variety of adverse childhood experiences including abuse and neglect, family and environmental stresses, and poverty. Our clients often experience comorbid psychiatric, developmental, and physical disabilities.
For more information, including current start dates, salary, and contact information, please see the Consortium website: https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vu-vapsychinternship/.