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Psychology Training Council

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Mission:

  • 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.  VA’s support for psychology training through the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) has increased annually in recent years. Fifty-four new internship positions and 26 new postdoctoral fellowship positions were permanently added for the 2013-14 year.  Altogether VA supports the training of 575 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 also funds 353 postdoctoral fellowship positions in 57 programs in 31 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for 2013 – 2014.  Over the past eight (8) years, VA psychology internship and postdoctoral training has more than doubled in scale, from 432 total positions in 2005 to 928 in academic year 2013-14).  

VA’s Mental Health Expansion Initiative awarded 65 new psychology positions for academic year 2014-2015. The purpose of this initiative is to increase interprofessional training opportunities in mental health disciplines in either Core Mental Health Programs or Advanced Training Opportunities with a focus on underserved populations.  Facilities were able to request trainees in any of five disciplines, including Psychology.  For 2014-15, VA will support the training of approximately 598 psychology interns in 111 VA internship programs located in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and 402 postdoctoral fellowship positions. Four new internship programs and ten new fellowship programs were awarded, with representation in three new states. New internship programs have expanded to Delaware and Montana, while New Jersey will have its first VA psychology fellowship program.

Membership:

  • 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.

Officers:

  • Chair John Beauvais, Ph.D. (term ends 8/14 -  becomes past chair)
  • Chair-Elect Loretta Braxton, Ph.D. (term ends 8/14 - becomes chair)
  • Past Chair Keith Shaw, PhD (term ends 8/14)
  • Secretary/Treasurer Allison Aosved, Ph.D., (term ends 8/16)
  • Member-at-Large Kellie Rollins, Psy.D. (term ends 8/16)
  • Member-at-Large Evelyn Sandeen, PhD, ABPP-Clinical (term ends 8/14)
  • Member-at-Large Jody Rubenstein, Ph.D. (term ends 8/15)

Links:

  • 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.)