The Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Health Service Psychology (RJDCF HSP) Internship Program offers intensive clinical training, and provides interns with a broad range of clinical experiences with a diverse population of incarcerated patients. The internship is completed in 12 months, consisting of a minimum of 2,000 hours. The internship experience increases in depth and complexity as the program year progresses. The intern is expected to increase his/her level of independence in clinical activities through regular individual and group supervisions. RJDCF provides a wide range of training opportunities and excellent supervision; institutional staff working in tandem with the internship clinical supervisors, support interns to attain the competencies that are foundational to professional development. Interns attend mandatory weekly, two-hour didactic trainings, participate in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, and monthly assessment seminars. RJDCF offers interns the unique opportunity to work with an interdisciplianary team of mental health providers, medical providers, nursing staff, and custody staff to ensure a comprehensive approach to treatment of inmate-patients.
At the beginning of the year, each intern will work collaboratively with thier clinical supervisor to develop an individualized learning plan and identify goals for the internship year. The intern is evaluated 4 times during the year for skill level in 9 areas: Research, Ethics and Legal Standards, Individual and Cultural Diversity, Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors, Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Assessment, Intervention, Supervision, Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills. Each intern completes a core clinical assignment and two specialty rotations during the internship year. The intern’s core clinical assignment will be to work 4 days a week with a caseload of patients with a variety of mental illnesses and custody classifications to provide individual therapy, group therapy, suicide risk assessment, mental health evaluations, crisis intervention, and develop and implement treatment plans. Interns will rank order their preferences for specialty rotations and will be assigned rotations in the fall and spring based on preference, institutional need, and equity. Specialty rotations may consist of experience in the following units: Behavioral Health, LGBTQI, Forensic Assessment, Developmental Disabilites, Creative Therapy, DBT-Informed Skills Based Program, Curriculum Development, Pre-Release Program, Supervision, and Substance Use Treatment. Interns will be in their specialty rotation 1 day each week and will have a special project to complete per rotation.
On July 21, 2019, the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Health Service Psychology Internship program became APA-Accredited on Contingency by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. In order to move from accredited on contingency to full accreditation, the program is required to submit proximal and distal data to the CoA by June 1, 2021. Upon receipt of the data, the Commission will review the data to determine if it is sufficient to grant full accreditation status. Programs that submit proximal and distal data will be eligible for an additional three years as a fully accredited program. Failure to provide data by the aforementioned date will lead to the program being deemed to have withdrawn from accreditation and a loss of accreditation that will occur following completion of the program by the interns currently on-site at the program. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
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To access the RJDCF HSP Internship Program handbook that includes a complete list of pre-employment qualifications, and internship admission, support, and initial placement data, please access the website https://cchcs.ca.gov/careers/mental-health-careers/ or contact the RJDCF HSP Internship Training Director by email: firstname.lastname@example.org