Department of Veterans Affairs VAPTC Psychology Training Council
- The VA Psychology Training Council's (VAPTC) mission is to represent VA matters of training in psychology and shape the future of professional psychology training at all levels from practicum to postdoctoral.
- The VAPTC is sponsored and funded by VA Mental Health Services (MHS).
The Scope of Training:
New and Expanding Training Programs
- VA provides Internships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Predoctoral Practicum Training in many sites across the U.S. With approximately 508 internship positions at 107 locations and 270 postdoctoral fellowship positions at 58 sites funded in 2012 – 2013, VA already is the largest provider of training in Psychology in the nation. Please see the VA Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Residency Website for a directory of all programs.
- Beyond the 28 additional internship positions for the current academic year (2012-2013), VA’s continued support for psychology training through the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) will be very significantly increased for 2013 – 2014. Altogether, VA will support the training of 574 psychology interns in 107 VA internship programs located in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in 2013 – 2014. Similarly, VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations expanded support in 2013 – 2014 will fund 348 postdoctoral fellowship positions in 57 programs in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This expansion constitutes a one-year increase of 144 psychology internship and postdoc positions, in total. In fact, over the course of the past eight (8) years, VA psychology internship and postdoctoral training has more than doubled in scale (i.e., from 432 total positions in 2005, to 922 in 2013).
- Training directors of all VA Psychology internship and Postdoctoral Residency programs are members of the VAPTC. There are no membership dues since the VAPTC is fully funded by VA’s Mental Health Services.
- Chair R. Keith Shaw, PhD (term ends 8/13 - becomes past chair)
- Chair-Elect John Beauvais, PhD (term ends 8/13 - becomes chair)
- Past Chair Steve McCutcheon, PhD (term ends 8/13)
- Secretary/Treasurer Allison Aosved, Ph.D., (Acting, term ends 8/13)
- Member-at-Large Bernadette Lauber, PhD (term ends 8/13)
- Member-at-Large Evelyn Sandeen, PhD, ABPP-Clinical (term ends 8/14)
- Member-at-Large Jody Rubenstein, Ph.D. (term ends 8/15)
- Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) Title 38 U.S.C. mandates that VA assist in the training of health professionals for its own needs and those of the nation. For more than sixty years, in accordance with VA's 1946 Policy Memorandum No. 2. VA has worked in partnership with this country's medical and associated health professions schools to provide high quality health care to America's veterans and to train new health professionals to meet the patient care needs within VA and the nation. This partnership has grown into the most comprehensive academic health system partnership in history.
- Veterans Affairs - Mental Health Services (MHS) Mental Health Services aims to insure that all veterans have access to needed mental health care. VA Mental Health advances the principle that mental health care is an essential component of overall health care and promote mental health recovery. Through its collaborations with the Office of Academic Affiliations, MHS strives to support excellence in VA psychology training and the continued expansion of best practices in mental health care for veterans.
- Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC)* Member (VAPTC is a member of CCTC)
- American Psychological Association (APA)*
- APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA)* (APA accreditation is an
expectation for all VA psychology training programs)
- Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)* (APPIC membership is an expectation for all VA psychology training programs at the internship and clinical fellowship levels.)