The Washington VA Medical Center (VAMC) offers formal externships for the academic year. Externships can start in the summer or fall, and can last through the spring semester of the academic year depending on the needs of the extern, clinical programs, and supervision availability. Most supervisors prefer that practicum students begin in the summer and continue through the academic year. We don't have a summer externship program.
Depending on availability, externs are able to work with veterans exhibiting substance dependence, mood and anxiety disorders, serious mental illness, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. Depending on availability and extern interest, externs will be able to perform individual therapy, group therapy, triage and intake assessments, assessment and cognitive rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury.
Basic requirements to apply
Applicants should be in good standing with their academic institutions and should be from an APA accredited, doctoral degree program in clinical or counseling psychology. We cannot accept students who are in terminal, master's degree programs even if the program is accredited by CACREP. We can only accept U.S. citizens in our training programs.
For detailed information on the externship program and application process, download the brochure.