Introduction

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Introduction

By | Feb. 2013
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INTRODUCTION

The Psychology Internship Training Program offered by the VA New Jersey Health Care System is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our primary goal is to train professional psychologists capable of providing a wide range of psychological services to a heterogeneous patient population. Our internship training program is well-established with considerable experience in preparing psychologists to make the step from a graduate student to practicing professional.

The Psychology Internship Program is an integral part of the Psychology Section of the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BS). Comprehensive mental health services are provided to a wide range of eligible veteran patients in areas such as acute psychiatry, outpatient mental health, long-term psychiatric rehabilitation, geropsychology, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorders, health psychology, primary care, oncology/palliative care, traumatic brain injury, and neuropsychology. Administrative supervision of the Psychology staff is coordinated by the Associate Chief, MH&BS for the Psychology Section. The Director of Psychology Internship Training coordinates the day–to-day operation of the internship program. We believe that the VA New Jersey Healthcare System offers a high quality Internship Training Program with many clinical and educational opportunities provided by a highly competent, diverse professional staff dedicated to the training of future psychologists. We adhere to a ‘generalist’ model, but interns with strong clinical backgrounds may devote a portion of their internship training to working with a specific patient population.

E. Strengths and Weakness

Through my experiences of internship, I have discovered and developed many teaching strengths. I have proudly been able to turn some of my weaknesses into strengths. A couple of my strengths include classroom management, and planning. At the beginning of my internship I struggled...