The Womack Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP) is an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral internship located at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C. The primary goal and mission of the program is to produce highly qualified, resourceful, autonomous professional psychologists who will be able 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 Womack, 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 prepared for the dual career of clinical psychologist and as a Behavioral Health Officer (BHO) in the United States Army.
The training is designed to increase 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.
The Clinical Psychology Internship Program is 12 months in duration.
Date Updated: July 22, 2020
Financial Benefits and Support
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns
Program provides access to medical insurance for Intern?
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?
Coverage of family member(s) available?
Coverage of legally married partner available?
Coverage of domestic partner available?
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)
10 days per year
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. Interns will participate in layered supervision involving a licensed psychologist, residents, and behavioral health technicians. Curbside informal supervision is readily available to interns during all aspects of training.
A year-long, comprehensive program of regularly scheduled seminars, lectures, and workshops accompanies the intensive direct supervision provided on each rotation. These didactic presentations are designed to provide the intern with state-of-the-art information and training relevant to effective functioning as a psychologist in the Army. Interns receive training and supervision in evidenced-based treatment models and are expected to carry at least three cases in which those evidence-based interventions are implemented.
There are several varieties of educational opportunities offered throughout the training year. Topics including traditional and neuropsychology assessment, case conceptualization, evidence-based treatment models, military-specific topics, ethics and diversity, supervision, professional development psychopharmacology and leadership training. Interns will also receive experiential training in the fundamentals of hypnosis and biofeedback. Training is provided by a licensed, credentialed psychologist who is both an ASCH-Approved Consultant and board-certified in clinical biofeedback.
WAMC interns will also have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops on various topics given by distinguished speakers. These events typically range from one to three days.
Both the Womack Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP) and Clinical Psychology Residency Program (CPRP) emphasize diversity by fostering an atmosphere and environment that respects, supports, and values multiple perspectives. We recognize the importance of training interns and residents to become culturally competent psychologists, as this is critical in reducing health-care disparities and providing quality care to service members and their Families with diverse values, beliefs, and practices.
The faculty of the CPIP and CPRP strives to enhance diversity competencies by integrating diversity into all aspects of the training program including the didactic training curriculum, supervision, all direct service delivery experiences, and ongoing educational opportunities. This commitment is mirrored in the larger Department of Behavioral Health and in the Womack Army Medical Center itself, both of which provide robust funding for training and resources specific to increasing knowledge of and best practices for the provision of healthcare services to one of the most diverse organizations in the world: the U.S. Military.
We seek diverse applicants among interns, residents, faculty, and staff as well as those who have strong interests and experience working with diverse people and organizations. WAMC CPIP does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Our Train-as-You-Fight' model allows interns to gradually develop and balance all of the skills of professional psychologists during this extended nine-month rotation. This rotation is set in an outpatient multidisciplinary clinic that provides treatment to active component service members and includes psychiatry, case management, and specialty care services. Interns learn how to gradually integrate and balance all of their clinical skills, as they simultaneously conduct behavioral health evaluations, provide psychological testing for inpatient and outpatient beneficiaries, maintain a small caseload of group and individual psychotherapy patients, learn to assess and manage risk, and conduct military-specific evaluations to include command directed, schools (drill sergeant, recruiter, and sniper), and administrative separations – all while healthily attending to their own self-care.
Interns will learn and develop communication and consultation skills to enhance interactions with military leaders. We train on empirically validated treatment methods from a variety of behavioral, cognitive, and information-processing approaches including Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia, pain and depression. Graduates of this rotation consistently provided feedback that they left this rotation confident in their readiness to practice independently as generalists and as a BHO.
2817 Reilly Road
Fort Bragg, NC 28310