Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1144
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: California Department of State Hospitals-Metropolitan (DSH-M)
Department: Psychology
Address: 11401 Bloomfield Avenue
Norwalk, California 90650
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: 15 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles, CA; in Los Angeles County
Phone: 562-367-3773x
Fax:
Email: cindy.huang@dsh.ca.gov
Web Address: https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Metropolitan/Internships/Welcome.html
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Metropolitan/Internships/docs/Metro_Psych_Manual_Internship_Program_2020-2021.pdf
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 06/04/2015
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Cindy Huang
Chief Psychologist: Christian Trausch
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 40
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 46092
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day can vary greatly based on the assigned unit. However, some of the fundamental aspects of the internship experience includes the following: - Morning Report (with nursing staff) - Treatment Team Meetings - Treatment Planning (with patient) - Individual Therapy - Psychological Assessment Administration - Report and Progress Note Writing (and various other paperwork) - Didactic and Seminar Training
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/19/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 12/15/2020
Interview process description:

The most competitive applicants are offered an interview either via telephone or video.  Interview will be scheduled for December.  Applicants are individually interviewed by a panel of three psychologists, which will include the Training Director.  The individual interviews are 30 minutes in length.  The applicants may also be required to complete a writing sample based on data/materials that will be provided.  The Training Director and training supervisor(s) may possibly host a virtual orientation of the program.   

 

 

 

 

 

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant University, John Jay University, Univ of Calif - Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University, Azusa Pacific University, Florida School of Professional Psychology, University of La Verne, and Palo Alto University
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: No
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 start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: All employees are requested to sign an oath of confidentiality. Further information may be requested by contacting Human Resources.
Other Requirements:
Program Description

California Department of State Hospitals-Metropolitan (DSH-M) is a forensic psychiatric inpatient hospital in Los Angeles County, housing over 800 individuals. The patient population is diverse as to ethnicity, nationality, gender, socioeconomic status, and psychiatric diagnoses.  DSH-M patients include both criminally and civilly committed psychiatric inpatients.  Legal commitments represented include not guilty by reason of insanity, incompetent to stand trial, offenders with mental disorders (prison to hospital transfers), parolees, and civilly committed patients who are too dangerous or gravely disabled to be managed in a less secure setting.  Training emphasizes on developing assessment, treatment, and consultation skills.  Interns have opportunities to conduct therapy using diverse treatment approaches and modalities, depending on their interests and the availability of supervisors. Interns co-lead psychoeducational and process groups. Each intern also carries at least two long-term treatment cases throughout the training year. Didactic seminars are held throughout the year with sections on multicultural issues, ethics, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, trauma, forensic psychology, report writing, neuropsychology, forensic case law, special populations (e.g. sex offenders, geriatric), and supervision. Interns also attend continuing education workshops provided at DSH-M.  While one goal of internship is to develop strong general clinical skills, specific rotations are available on forensic and civil commitment units. Benefits include vacation, dissertation time, professional development time, sick time, and health, dental, and vision insurance.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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: https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Metropolitan/Internships/Welcome.html  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: 74 32 49 140
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 28 21 29 40
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 5 5
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 4 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 40 44 16 40
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 1 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 0 2 1
Correctional Facility: 1 0 2 1
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 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 2
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 1 0