One of seven medical centers in the Bureau of Prisons, FMC Rochester provides elite medical and mental health treatment for adult male prisoners. Today, approximately 700 offenders are housed at FMC Rochester. The insitution is classified as an administrative facility, in that inmates of all security levels (minimum, low, medium, high) are confined here; the majority, however, are low security offenders. Inmates are assigned to three different units. The Work Cadre Unit houses general population inmates who are usually from the Midwestern United States and are assigned to various jobs throughout the facility. The Mental Health Unit provides inpatient mental health evaluation and treatment to offenders with serious mental illnesses. The Medical/Surgical Unit provides care to inmates for chronic or severe health conditions such as liver disease, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis. FMC Rochester is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Our Mental Health and Medical/Surgical Units are accredited under the Behavioral Health, Nursing Care Center, and Ambulatory Care standards of The Joint Commission.
Psychology interns function as members of a multidisciplinary treatment team within an inpatient mental health and correctional environment. Throughout the year, interns are exposed to the full spectrum of psychopathology, with the opportunity to follow patients in their journey of recovery from severe psychosis to stabilization, recovery, and release. Patients served at FMC Rochester include sentenced inmates and individuals civilly committed as mentally ill and dangerous pursuant to federal statutes, specifically 18 U.S.C. § 4243 and § 4246. By utilizing evidence-based practices and a collaborative team approach between disciplines, our staff strive to provide high quality treatment for an underserved population. We value diversity, and offer a safe and supportive learning environment that allows interns to enhance their clinical skills, ethical practice, and develop a well-defined professional identity through experiential training.
Psychology interns carry a year-long inpatient mental health caseload and a year-long outpatient therapy caseload. In addition, interns complete three four-month minor rotations including a general population rotation, a medical unit rotation, and an assessment rotation. As an intern, you also participate in weekly forensic seminar, didactic training, case presentations, and individual and group supervision. There is also a monthly multicultural supervision attended by both interns and staff. Please see our website/brochure for additional information, https://www.bop.gov/jobs/psychology_internship.jsp