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Womack Army Internship Program Overview
The Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP) is a pre-doctoral internship located at Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The primary goal and mission of the program is to produce highly qualified, resourceful and autonomous professional psychologists, and to develop the competencies and professional identity that will serve as a solid basis for an Army career.
A Practitioner-Scholar model guides the Internship training at WAMC, with an emphasis on clinical practice validated by empirical research. This approach espouses the premise that specific training goals should be directly related to career outcomes. Interns are therefore prepared for the dual career of clinical psychologist as well as military officer.
Interns are provided a wide range of opportunities to master core clinical skills of adult assessment, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, and clinical consultation. Interns also receive specialty training in cognitive assessment, psychological testing, embedded primary care interventions, and postconcussive evaluations with Active Duty military patients. The overall training objective is for Interns to gain competency commensurate with entry-level readiness for independent practice in using an integrative approach to examination and intervention, linking the science of psychology with positive practical outcomes. Special emphasis is placed on developing an Intern's ability to provide efficient clinical services to a large and diverse population of primarily Active Duty military Service Members.
Preparing professional psychologists for the kind of dynamic, complex challenges typical of most Army postings demands a broad approach to clinical practice and exposure to various challenging situations early in training. Such training increases the Intern’s readiness to think critically, act compassionately, and develop a professional level of psychological expertise to best meet the mission of sustaining the fighting force of the United States Army. The Womack Army Medical Center Clinical Psychology Internship Program employs an integrative model of assessment and training that best fits the Interns’ future practice in their careers as Army psychologists, both in deployed settings as well as during non-deployed assignments across the United States and other worldwide locations.
Training Requirements/Standards for Successful Training Completion
Training objectives focus on the Assessment of Competency Benchmarks developed by the APA Board of Educational Affairs in collaboration with the Council of Chairs of Training Councils. These domains are not mutually exclusive and naturally overlap and interrelate. The program also aims to foster the development of a number of core competencies identified by the psychology consultant to the Office of the Surgeon General as being essential to the practice of clinical psychology within an Army setting.
The internship builds on the trainee’s level of competency at entry and uses applied practice in direct service and experiential learning activities to reach the expected level for entry-level doctoral practice in both profession-wide competencies and in the provision of services in active duty military settings. Competency is assessed based on direct observation, ongoing feedback in individual and group supervision, case presentations, and professional presentations. Formal quarterly evaluations assess current knowledge and skills in each of the identified domains of entry-to-practice level professional competency (APA, 2015):
Professionalism in Interpersonal Relationships
Ethics and Legal Standards
Individual and Cultural Diversity
Professionalism within Interdisciplinary Systems
Psychological Assessment, Diagnosis, Conceptualization
Research/evaluation: Application of scientific method to practice; knowledge of scientific approaches to knowledge generation
All Interns receive a minimum of two hours of individual, face-to-face supervision with a licensed, doctoral level psychologist per week. Interns also receive a minimum of two hours of group supervision with a licensed, doctoral level psychologist per week. Group supervision is provided by a licensed, doctoral level psychologist and Interns are encouraged to engage in peer supervision during that time as well. Curbside informal supervision is readily available to Interns during all aspects of training.
The Department of Defense is committed to offering psychology training programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Womack Army Medical Center Clinical Internship Program is committed to achieving this goal. Applicants are welcome to contact the American Psychological Association directly to monitor program application and accreditation status.
The American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation has completed a preliminary review of the program's application for initial accreditation, and has authorized a site visit.
Contact the American Psychological Association Office of Program Consultation and
750 First St, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone: (202) 336-5979