Program Information: Department of Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1354
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Springfield Hospital Center
Department: Department of Psychological Services
Address: 6655 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, Maryland 21784
Country: United States
Metro Area: Baltimore-Towson, MD
Distance from Major City: approx. 15 miles west of Baltimore
Phone: 410-970-7141
Fax: 410-970-7164
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 1983
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Murugi Mungai-Kamau
Chief Psychologist: Murugi Mungai-Kamau
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/08/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31670
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): In addition to above: 9 days personal leave; 11 holidays; prescription drug plan and vision plan; all insurance plans require small percentage premium payment by intern for participation; Start date and stipend may change slightly
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical work day varies based on assigned rotation, but may include attending treatment team meetings, group therapy, individual therapy, supervision, psychological assessment, report writing, progress note writing, facilitating cognitive remediation, and didactic seminars among other clinical and training activities.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/11/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants are typically scheduled to meet for individual interviews with the Director of Intern Training and other Staff Psychologist(s).  This year all interviews will be held virtually through Google Meet.  Interviews will be scheduled for January 12th, January 13th, January 19th, January 20th, and January 26th.  Applicants will also be asked to review a short vignette and respond to questions in a written format.  Applicants also have the opportunity to meet with a current intern for a non-evaluative meeting to learn more about the intern's experience here at Springfield.  Notification and scheduling of interviews will be via email.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: 2020-2021 cohort: The George Washington University; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - DC Campus; Fielding University 2019-2020 cohort: Nova Southeastern University (2 interns); Azusa Pacific University 2018-2019 cohort: Drexel University; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - DC Campus; American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy - Northern Virginia 2017-2018 cohort: Nova Southeastern University; American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Southern California 2016-2017 cohort: American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy-Washington DC; American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy-Hawaii 2015-2016 cohort: Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, Argosy- Hawaii; Georgia Southern University; Pacific University 2014-2015 cohort: American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy- Washington DC; American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy-Southern California; Drexel University 2013-2014 cohort: American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy-Washington DC; Pacific University; Fuller School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 75
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited psychology doctoral program. 500 TOTAL face to face AAPI hours are preferred. 1 testing report required with AAPI. Background check and pre-employment physical/TB test required at hire. Illegal substance testing if reasonable suspicion once hired.
Program Description

The internship is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model and is designed to prepare entry-level psychologists who practice ethically and with sensitivity to diversity. Training goals include knowledge and application of ethical and legal standards, theories, research, and methods of psychology related to models of psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, evaluation, and consultation. Rotations expected to be offered include Acute Care, Recovery Program, Office of Forensic Services, and the Addiction, Co-Occurring, and Trauma Recovery Services Program --all located at Springfield Hospital Center. Interns have opportunities to take part in the cognitive remediation lab, the Springfield Counseling Center, peer supervision of externs, and comprehensive psychological assessments. The internship employs diverse didactic training to complement the clinical work performed by the intern. While we offer a generalist training program, the majority of current admissions are patients with forensic involvement. Group therapy is a primary treatment modality in the hospital, and interns are expected to implement a group intervention of their choosing during the internship.

Current COVID-19 Hospital Precautions include mandatory monthly staff Covid-19 testing, use of masks for staff and patients, daily temperature checks prior to reporting to assigned office or unit, daily screening questions for staff, social distancing, hospital-wide communications, and use of quarantine precautions when indicated.  Expect changes to policies or procedures as circumstances evolve.  For more details please see brochure or contact the training director.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Court-involved patients

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Competency restoration

Cognitive remediation



Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of Completed Applications: 50 65 70 68
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 29 24 36
Total number of interns: 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 31 10 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 21 45 22 18
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 1 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 2 2 2
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 1
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0 0