Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1149
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Patton State Hospital
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 3102 E. Highland Avenue
Patton, California 92369-0900
Country: United States
Metro Area: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: 60 miles east of Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 909-425-7795x
Fax: 909-425-6604
Email: david.glassmire@dsh.ca.gov
Web Address: https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Patton/Internships_Training/Psychology_Internship_Program.html
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Patton/Internships_Training/docs/2019-20_Internship_Brochure.pdf
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 1975
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: David Glassmire Ph.D., ABPP
Chief Psychologist: Jette Warka
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 67
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: 4
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: 46092
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): On-site fitness center.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each week, interns conduct psychological assessments and provide individual and group therapy. Interns also engage in research for about four hours each week. Every day can be different depending on an intern's current tasks. Most days involve some time with patients, some time in supervision/seminars, and some time writing reports or conducting research. Due to COVID19, interns have a mix of on-site training and teleworking for the 2020-2021 training year. These modifications will be continued if necessary during the 2021-2022 training year.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/09/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

The most competitive applicants are offered interviews (scheduled throughout late December and January).  Due to the COVID19 pandemic, video-conference interviews will be conducted via WebEx.  Applicants will be emailed a link prior to their interview date to allow them to log in to the interview.  During the interview day, applicants complete a writing sample based on assessment data that will be provided.  Applicants then are individually interviewed by two psychologists including the Training Director.  Individual interviews generally range from one to 1.5 hours in length.  Although our interns usually provide tours of the facility on interview days, this will not be possible with remote video-conference interviews.  However, applicants will be provided with an opportunity to meet with current interns via telephone or video-conference.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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: No
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
School Psychology
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not 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:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

Patton State Hospital is the largest forensic hospital in the United States, housing over 1500 patients (about 300 female). The patient population is ethnically and socioeconomically diverse, and there is a strong emphasis (experiential and didactic) on developing and furthering cultural competence during the internship. Patton has a monolingual Spanish-speaking unit and a unit for deaf and hard of hearing patients.

Most criminal forensic legal commitment types are represented including not guilty by reason of insanity, incompetent to stand trial, prison to hospital transfers, parolees, sex offenders, and civilly committed patients who are too dangerous to be managed in a less secure setting. 

Patton's internship has a strong emphasis on developing assessment, treatment, and consultation skills. Interns complete a large number of assessments during the year covering a wide range of topics and referral questions.  Interns in our forensic concentration gain significant exposure to forensic assessment and interns in our neuropsychology concentration gain significant exposure to neuropsychological assessment.  In addition to conducting assessments throughout the year, interns co-lead psychoeducational and process therapy groups. Each intern carries at least 3 long term treatment cases (at least 1 male, 1 female, and 1 from a cultural background different from the intern).  The primary theoretical orientation covered in seminars is cognitive behavioral. Interns also have opportunities to conduct therapy with other treatment approaches depending on intern interests and supervisor availability. Didactic seminars are run throughout the year with sections on cultural issues, ethics, assessment, psychotherapy, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, foresic case law, and supervision.

While one goal of internship is to develop strong general clinical skills, focused concentrations are available in forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and general clinical psychology. Continuing education workshops are provided at Patton.  All interns participate in ongoing research groups (see website for current research projects). Benefits include vacation, dissertation and sick time, and health, dental, and vision insurance.  Patton also has postdoctoral fellowships in Forensic Psychology (one year fellowship approved for AAFP experience waiver) and Neuropsychology (two year APPCN fellowship).

COVID19 UPDATE--Due to the COVID19 pandemic, modifications have been put into place to ensure the safety of interns and patients while also continuing to meet the training needs of interns and the goals of the internship.  During the COVID19 pandemic, interns have been doing a mix of on-site training and teleworking.  Telework days are rotated so that interns are not sharing live office space on the same days.  Staff wear masks whenever at the facility and N95 masks and face shields are provided to interns for visits to patient units.  Interns do not provide in-person treatment to individuals known or suspected to have COVID19.  Many safety procedures are in place including daily temperature checks and health questions that must be answered before any staff member enters the facility.

Interns continue to complete a similar number of assessments and have a similar number of individual therapy cases.  Interns are provided with identical seminars and supervision, but these activities are conducted via live video-conference.  Assessment report writing generally occurs while teleworking through an HIPPA-compliant online platform, which allows secure access to electronic documents stored at the hospital.  In order to reduce the number of individuals in a room at any given time, instead of running treatment groups, the group members are visited weekly for brief individual check-ins by group facilitators.

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: Yes
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other: Forensic Psychiatric Inpatients

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Family Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Eating Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Religion/Spirituality: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Administration: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Forensic Assessment

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/Patton/Internships_Training/Psychology_Internship_Program.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: 147 139 100 98
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20 20 20 20
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 4 4
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 17 31 26 26
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 55 77 78 52
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: 2 3 4 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 1 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: 3 3 3 3
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
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: 1 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0