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 Doctoral Practicum Training in many sites across the U.S. VHA’s support for psychology training through the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) has increased annually in recent years. Currently, OAA is funding 598 psychology internship positions across 111 VA internship programs located in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Similarly, OAA is currently supporting approximately 390 postdoctoral fellowship positions at 68 VA medical centers in 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Over the course of the past ten years, VHA psychology internship and postdoctoral training has more than doubled in scale (i.e., from 432 total positions in 2005, to 988 in academic year 2014-15. To meet the evolving needs of Veterans, implementation of the VHA Mental Health Training Expansion Initiative Phase III of five (V) is underway. Fifty-eight (58) VA medical centers were awarded a total of 139 psychology positions (46 internship slots, 93 fellowship slots). Nine new internship programs and nine new fellowship programs are being established to begin in the upcoming academic year (2015-16), while 40 sites are expanding their existing programs.
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 MHS.
- Chair: Loretta Braxton, PhD (term ends 2015 - becomes Past Chair)
- Chair-Elect: Joel Schmidt, PhD (term ends 2015 - becomes Chair)
- Past Chair: John Beauvais, PhD (term ends 2015)
- Secretary/Treasurer: Allison Aosved, PhD (term ends 2016)
- Member-at-Large: Kellie Rollins, PsyD (term ends 2016)
- Member-at-Large: Kristin Rodzinka, PhD, ABPP-Clinical (term ends 2017)
- Member-at-Large: Jill Hedt, PhD (term ends 2015)
- Psychology Training Council SharePoint
- 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 (MH) MH 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, MH 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.)
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