Program Information: Clinical Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1795
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Colorado Department of Corrections
Department: Clinical Services
Address: Centennial Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 600
Canon City, Colorado 81212
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 45 miles South west of Colorado Springs, CO on Highway 115
Phone: 719-269-4865
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since: 07/01/2009
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jessica Flermoen
Chief Psychologist: Christopher Estep
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/16/2021
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: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life 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 A typical work day for an intern in the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) will vary depending on the assigned rotation. Interns assigned to CCF will often will conduct daily rounds with offenders in the diagnostic unit, but will spend the majority of their day administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological testing and then writing up integrated reports. Interns at SCCF will spend more time in group and individual treatment; whereas, those assigned to CCF Sex Offender ITC will participate in sex offender treatment offerings and conduct offense specific evaluations. Interns at CSP will conduct brief therapeutic contacts with high security offenders, conduct occasional psychological testing, and offer crisis intervention. CTCF interns will conduct daily rounds in the infirmary, offer crisis intervention, but will also conduct cognitive testing and neuropsychological screenings to determine program placement for offenders with suspected cognitive deficits. Regardless of facility assignment, it is important to note that the corrections environment is always changing, thus interns that are adaptable tend to be most successful.
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?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: 12/11/2020 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: 12/15/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Mountain Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/11/2021
Interview process description:

Prospective applicants will be notified by email of their interview status. We typically begin scheduling interviews in early to mid-January. We are not offering on-site interviews this year due to the covid-19 pandemic. Instead applicants will be invited to interview via Zoom, Skype, or phone. Interviews typically last for 60-90 minutes. The structured interview questions will be presented by 2-3 members of the training committee. Questions will focus primarily on the applicants previous clinical experience. Following the structured interview questions, applicants will be presented with two vignettes and asked a series of related questions. The applicant will then have an opportunity to ask the committee any questions they may have. There may be an opportunity to participate in a virtual open house later in January, which would allow applicants an opportunity to engage with the larger training committe, as well as current interns. Participation in this activity is not mandatory. Details regarding the dates offered for open house will be shared during the interview process. Applicants will be provided contact information for current and past trainees, which will allow them the opportunity to request information regarding their specific training experiences. 

Applicants must submit 2 psychological testing reports, 3 letters of reference, gradudate transcripts and a curriculum vitae. 

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: Interns from both forensic and clinical psychology programs have matched with our site. Although our site has a strong forensic/corrections focus, it also allows significant exposure to offenders suffering from a wide range of mental illness.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: Yes, by start of internship
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 200
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 2
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation and integrity interview prior to beginning the internship. If you have matched with Colorado DOC, you must be able to pass an integrity interview that will review your criminal background over the last 5 years. If you can't pass the integrity interview, then the internship cannot occur. You will also be required to review and follow Colorado DOC's code of conduct, which largely addresses professionalism.
Other Requirements: You must complete and pass a drug test, criminal background check, and the Basic Training Academy (approximately 3-4 weeks), before you begin on-site training.
Program Description

The Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) internship is a full-time, 2000 hour program which will be completed within a 12 month period. Interns are required to complete a background investigation, pass a drug test, and graduate the CDOC Training Academy (CTA). Interns are offered the opportunity to complete two training rotations during the 12 month assignment. There are 5 facility rotations available to include:

(1)   Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP) located in Canon City, a high security facility, which houses offenders who have had recent disciplinary issues, as well as those offenders currently on death row. Intern duties at this facility tend to focus on crisis management and brief therapeutic contacts.

(2)   Centennial Correctional Facility (CCF) located in Canon City, contains a Residential Treatment Program (RTP) and the Diagnostic Unit. This facility houses offenders suffering from significant personality pathology and/or major mental illness. Interns assigned to this rotation will have a small clinical caseload, may offer some group therapy, but will largely focus on conducting diagnostic assessments.

(3)   Centennial Correctional Facility (CCF) located in Canon City primarily houses medium custody offenders. Assigned interns will function as part of the Sex Offender Treatment and Management Program (SOTMP). Interns assigned to this rotation will shadow sex offender groups, carry a small individual therapy caseload, and conduct Offense Specific Evaluations.

(4)   Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (CTCF) located in Canon City, is a Medium Security facility. Within this facility there are several program specific units, including the Positive Development Program (PDP), Dementia Unit, and Infirmary. Interns will learn crisis assessment and intervention by working with offenders in the infirmary who are typically experiencing significant emotional/behavioral dysregulation or severe psychosis. The intern will also conduct cognitive testing and neuropsychological screening to determine if the offenders are in need of services within the PDP or Dementia Unit. 

(5)   San Carlos Correctional Facility (SCCF) located in Pueblo, is an RTP like CCF, but serves those offenders with more severe mental illness and also those with cognitive deficits. Interns assigned to this facility will be offering group and individual therapy to offenders experiencing varying degrees of psychosis or mood symptoms. Interns will be educated regarding the Token Economy used with offenders that suffer both major mental illness and cognitive deficits. Additionally, they will participate in crisis assessment and diagnostic testing as needed.  

All of these facility rotations offer a range of mental health services, such as diagnostic testing, individual therapy, sex offender treatment, crisis assessment, and group treatment to offenders that vary in security and mental health needs level. Interns will also participate in weekly group supervision and didactic seminars covering topics ranging from ethics and diagnostic decision-making to those more focused on working within a correctional/forensic environment. Several didactic trainings will cover areas of diversity, with efforts being made to organize a cultural immersion experience, depending on resource availability. Tours of different correctional and clinical facilities will also be conducted, allowing interns the opportunity to explore treatment offerings in various settings. 

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Forensic Assessment and Correctional Treatment Offerings


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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 26 7 7
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 22 7 7
Total number of interns: 2 1 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 1
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 1 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 39 25
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 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 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: 2 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 1 1 1 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 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 2 0 0 0