EVMS Clinical Psychology Internship - Major Components

The EVMS Clinical Psychology Internship Program is organized around major, minor, and outpatient rotations.  The educational model requires that psychology interns concentrate their activities in their primary area of emphasis while on their major rotations in Adult Medical Inpatient, or Pediatric Behavioral Medicine,Adult Psychiatric Inpatient.  Major rotations can be supplemented with minor rotations (i.e. concentrated experiences in specialized areas) if desired.  Didactics and activities at the outpatient training clinic a ½ day a week round out the total internship experience.  

In summary, the internship consists of four primary components: (1) major rotations; (2) minor rotations; (3) an outpatient psychotherapy caseload; and (4) a series of seminars.


The Major Rotation

Major rotations reflect particular training emphases and are either in Adult Medical Inpatient, based at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH); Pediatric Behavioral Medicine located at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD); or Adult Psychiatric Inpatient, with services provided at Eastern State Hospital (ESH).  All major rotations provide for a variety of brief therapy experiences, interdisciplinary team collaboration, consultation and opportunities for conducting mood, personality, cognitive, intellectual, and/or neuropsychological assessments, although depending on the site, the relative balance and nature of these activities will vary.  The adult inpatient experiences at SNGH center on the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit and the Consultation Liaison service, while the focus of the adult inpatient experiences at ESH is in Acute Admissions and Forensics.  The pediatric behavioral medicine training occurs within inpatient and outpatient clinics at the local children’s hospital, CHKD.

Interns are assigned to one of the following Major Rotations/units:


Minor Rotations

Minor rotations are training experiences that are eight hours per week in an area of interest to the trainees and by opting for a minor rotation interns can have more breadth in their training year (e.g. recent minor rotations have included inpatient integrated primary care psychology, outpatient integrated primary care psychology, child and adolescent neuropsychology, adult neuropsychology, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, eating disorders, bariatrics, sleep disorders, geriatric integrated primary care psychology, and clinical research projects).  Please note that minor rotations can only occur if the site funding the intern’s position allows for the opportunity.

Track Preferences

Interns are assigned to major rotations, one or more minor rotations (if possible), and outpatient therapy training to ensure breadth of experience.  Assignments are made based on the expressed interests of interns following matching to the program.

Seminar Series

Hourly seminars are provided for interns each Wednesday morning, and the topics last for various durations.  They are taught or facilitated by full-time and community members of the EVMS faculty, based on their areas of expertise. While parts of the series are determined by the Internship Training Committee parts of the series are set by interns’ preferences.  The series varies somewhat from year to year depending upon Intern and faculty interests. Typical seminars in recent years have included:

  • Advanced Personality Assessment
  • Behavioral Case Conference
  • Biofeedback
  • Child and Family Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
  • Competency Assessment
  • Ethical Case Conference
  • Forensic Assessment
  • Forensic/Expert Witness
  • Multicultural Psychotherapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Patients with Disabilities
  • Play Therapy
  • Primary Care Psychology
  • Primary Care Rounds
  • Professional Development
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychotherapy for Gay and Lesbian Clients
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Suicide Assessment and Crisis Intervention

The Seminar Series for the current academic year is included in Appendix 2 of the training manual.