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VA of Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo and Batavia

Nancy Mautone-Smith, MSW ’96 & Torris Smith, MSW ’96

The Veterans Health Administration of Western New York provides stipend based placements, with the number of stipends varying in any given year.

Stipends are only granted to interns in their advanced year. Students should select the VA as their advanced year placement. The stipends are competitively awarded to accepted applicants. The stipend amount is approximately $5,500.

Psychopathology Requirement

The Veterans Health Administration recommends that all interns take a graduate level psychopathology course prior to MSW program completion.

Some Veterans Health Administration programs require interns to have taken Psychopathology at the graduate level prior to placement. These include: Mental Health Intake and Evaluation Unit, Mental Health Clinic, Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Programs. Placements in the Day Treatment Center and Healthcare for Homeless Veterans require that Psychopathology be taken prior to placement or during the first semester of the advanced year.

Questions?

Contact
sw-field@buffalo.edu or 716-645-1234

Additional Requirements

  • Males born after 1959 need to have registered for the Selective Service.
  • Interns who served in the U.S. Military must have been Honorably Discharged.
  • If an intern is not a citizen, the Medical Center director must approve that person for an internship. Non-citizens are not eligible for a stipend.
  • All interns will need to have a background check and security clearance prior to starting their internship.
  • A negative PPD test within the last year or, for a positive PPD test, a health statement that indicates the student is asymptomatic.
  • A negative chest x-ray or a health statement that indicates that the student is presently asymptomatic.
  • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine series or declination of same.
  • Proof of Td (Tetanus-diphtheria) booster within 10 years.
  • Proof of immunity against measles (Rubcola) and German measles (Rubella).

Joining Forces–UB is a one-of-a-kind program for students who want to make a positive impact on U.S. veterans and military families. In alignment with the national “Joining Forces” initiative, students in UB’s nationally recognized social work and nursing programs get specialized training and instruction in veteran and military family care.

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