Psychology Internship

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Independent Study
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

The Alaska VA Healthcare System Psychology Internship is a pre-doctoral training program that focuses on broadening and extending clinical and professional skills in order for participants to become competent and effective professional psychologists able to work in culturally diverse, urban and rural health care environments.  While some objectives are specific to each rotation, all of the program’s training experiences focus on developing competencies in assessment, intervention, consultation and supervision, scholarly inquiry, professional issues, and ethics and sensitivity to diversity.

Training occurs in four primary care contexts: 1) outpatient mental health post-traumatic stress disorder specialization, 2) health psychology and specialty mental health, 3) local recovery coordination, and 4) compensations and pensions examination.  During these four rotations, interns develop clinical competencies and experience in facilitating group therapies, consultations with primary care providers and other interdisciplinary clinicians, practicing motivational interviewing and behavioral change skills for chronic disease management, and health promotion/disease prevention, developing partnerships with patients, families, and caregivers, etc.

Other training opportunities include multi-session focused training to develop competencies in psychotherapies and intervention modalities, topic specific symposia, long-term therapy case supervision, intern case presentations, and special projects such as clinical research.  Interns may also choose to work one day per week at an optional placement outside the Alaska VA Healthcare System in order to gain clinical experience/training in an area not available within the system.  

Targeted Professions
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Risk identification
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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