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Psychology Training

The Largest Training Provider

VA is the largest provider of training in Psychology in the nation with internships at 106 locations and 260 fellowship positions funded each year.

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Eligibility Requirements

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To be eligible for employment as a VA Psychologist, a person must be a U.S. citizen and must have completed an APA-accredited graduate program.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer; all of our training programs ensure a range of diversity.

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VA Fellowships and Internships

Veterans’ mental health is a top priority at VA. After returning from combat, many Veterans struggle to readjust to life at home. Our mental health care providers play a critical role in helping these Veterans reclaim their lives by providing cutting-edge care. VA supports this mission by ensuring that our mental health professionals have the most innovative technologies, facilities, and training at their fingertips. When you join VA, you will be a core member of our interdisciplinary care team structure, collaborating with both primary care and other mental health professionals to establish the right course of treatment for patients.p>

Expanding Nationwide Opportunities

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. Because of their newness, some of these recently funded programs are not yet accredited. However, graduates of these programs will be eligible for employment as psychologists within the Department of Veterans Affairs just as are graduates from accredited programs. Many existing VA Internship and Postdoctoral Psychology training programs hold APA accreditation status.

VA Psychology Training Council

The VA Psychology Training Council (VAPTC) represents VA on matters of training in national forums and helps to shape the future of professional psychology training within the VA. The VAPTC plays a crucial role in providing guidance both to VA’s individual training programs and to the Office of Academic Affiliations and the Office of Mental Health Services on matters pertaining to training in psychology.


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