St. Cloud VA Accredited for Psychology Training Program - St. Cloud VA Health Care System
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St. Cloud VA Health Care System


St. Cloud VA Accredited for Psychology Training Program

November 22, 2019

On Nov. 14, the American Psychological Association (APA) awarded full accreditation to the St. Cloud VA Health Care System’s Psychology Predoctoral Internship Training Program.

Full accreditation realizes the goal of a four-year journey to establish a formal clinical training program in psychology at the St. Cloud VA. 

“We are now a teaching hospital for psychology,” explained Dr. Janine Paxson, Chief Psychologist at the St. Cloud VA. 

“This is great news for the Veterans we serve,” Paxson explained. “A clinical training program sharpens the skills of everyone involved, and, as the interns’ practice under the mentorship of skilled psychologists, our Veterans enjoy enhanced access to high-quality care.” 

The Predoctoral Internship Training Program in Health Service Psychology at the Cloud VA HCS offers internships to US citizens who are pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or combined psychology from an APA- or CPA-accredited institution; or a Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)-accredited program in clinical science. 

The program accepts three interns per year.  Applicants must demonstrate completion of at least 4 years of graduate coursework, have completed supervised clinical work, and be certified as ready for internship by their Director of Clinical Training.  The Psychology Internship Program has engaged in a national matching process and has successfully recruited high quality internship candidates from across the nation.  

For more information on the program or to apply please visit:

In addition to the psychology internship program, the St. Cloud VA has recently initiated a Graduate Medical Education program for Family Practice physicians through affiliations with St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health and the Regents of the University of Minnesota.  

Through a variety of other clinical health training programs, including practical and registered nursing programs at St. Cloud Technical College, St. Cloud State University, Rasmussen College and the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, the St. Cloud VA hosted a total of 484 clinical health training participants in fiscal year 2019.   

“Expanding our clinical education programs makes us better providers of the care our Veterans have earned and deserve, and enables opportunities for us to make contributions to the professional medical community,” said Dr. Scott Bartley, Chief of Staff at the St. Cloud VA.

For over seventy years VA has worked in partnership with this country's medical and associated health professions schools to provide high quality health care to America's Veterans and to train new health professionals to meet the patient care needs within VA and the nation. This partnership has grown into the most comprehensive academic health system partnership in history, and VA is the single largest provider of medical training in the nation.