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Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Small Grants for Paid CMHC Internships

Monday, April 6, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
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For Immediate Release: April 6, 2015
Contact: Whitney Meyerhoeffer

Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Small Grants for Paid CMHC Internships

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a small number of grants for paid internships for clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) and marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) located in VA facilities. In response to advocacy from AMHCA and its coalition partners, the VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations has initiated a multi-year effort to expand mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy training opportunities for pre-degree internships within VA facilities.

Eligible affiliated academic training programs for CMHCs must be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP). Proposals that integrate trainees from a variety of professions in an interprofessional training model will receive preferential review. Respondents are asked to work with the leaders of other training programs to seek areas of integration and collaboration. Proposals must be submitted by the VA medical center or VA health care system’s Designated Education Officer (DEO) rather than by individual service lines within a VA medical center. The request for proposal may be viewed here. University affiliated training programs that wish to participate in a VA internship site must identify and contact a DEO from a VA provider in their region to be considered.

AMHCA President Steven Giunta, PhD stated, “I am pleased because this project boosts VA recognition of the clinical mental health counseling profession and advances parity with other VA mental health training positions in psychiatry, nursing social work, and psychology.” Letters of intent are due on April 17 and completed applications are due on May 15, 2015. For more information contact Kenneth R. Jones, PhD, Director, Associated Health Education Office at or 202-461-9493.


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