Program Information: Psychology Internship Program - Medical Staff Office

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1113
Program Type: Internship
Site: Atascadero State Hospital (California Department of State Hospitals- Atascadero)
Department: Psychology Internship Program - Medical Staff Office
Address: Medical Staff Office
10333 El Camino Real
Atascadero, California 93423
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 225 miles south of San Francisco & north of Los Angeles
Phone: 805-468-3663
Fax:
Email: phylissa.kwartner@dsh.ca.gov
Web Address: https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Atascadero/Internships/Clinical_Psychology_Internship.html
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Atascadero/Internships/Clinical_Psychology_Internship.html
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since: 1970
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Phylissa Kwartner Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Matthew Hennessy Psy.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 60
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/03/2020
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: 47016
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health 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
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: 11/01/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/13/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2020
Interview process description:

Selected applicants are invited to participate in an on-site interview and an information session designed to provide potential interns with more information regarding the internship program and the facility.  Interviews will be held on Fridays: January 3, 10 and 17, 2018, from about 8:00am to 12:00pm OR 1:00pm to 5:00pm.   A back-up interview day may be offered on January 24, if necessary.  The activities for the interview and information session will include:

  • Orientation to hospital and internship program with the Internship Director
  • Tour of the Facility with the current interns
  • Individual Interviews with members of the Selection Committee

Applicants invited to interview will have their choice of dates, as is possible.  A maximum of 6 applicants can be interviewed on any single date.

 

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
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
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 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: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Applications must include: 1) The APPI online application which can be found at: www.appic.org 2) Supplemental materials including: A) 3 letters of recommendation, B) a sample de-identified integrated evaluation report including psychological testing and interpretation, C) a standard State of California application (Std 678) available at : http://jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf *This application should be completed online and sent to Phylissa.Kwartner@dsh.ca.gov, by the November 1st application deadline. Std 678 is not to be uploaded with the APPI. APPIC has approved the use of the Std 678 as an additional document for California Department of State Hospital internships. 3) Applicants from doctoral programs in Counseling psychology must also submit a letter from the Training Director delineating how the coursework is equivalent to that of a Clinical psychology graduate program. This letter should be emailed to Phylissa.Kwartner@dsh.ca.gov by the November 1st deadline. Incomplete applications and applications that do not document the minimum requirements as of the date of application will not be reviewed. Minimum requirements are: 1) at least 150 hours of assessment experience, 2) at least 500 hours of intervention experience, and 3) dissertation proposal has been approved.
Program Description

Atascadero State Hospital is a state forensic psychiatric hospital serving an all adult male population. The program includes the following components:

1) A three week orientation

2) A three and a half month, full time rotation on an admissions unit, focusing on psychological assessment of mentally ill forensic patients. Two, four month, three day a week rotations on treatment units that run concurrently with an eight month, 12 hour a week rotation on the Forensic Services Team.

3) Completion of 15 psychological evaluations including 6 psychological testing batteries, 7 forensic evaluations, 1 behavior modification plan, and 1 PCL-R evaluation 

4) Participation in seminars including: Forensics, Individual Differences and Diversity, Scientific and Ethical Practice, Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised/Risk Assessment, and Professional Issues.

5) Completion of 2 "tutorials" (structured learning experiences chosen by the intern and the intern's supervisors).

6) Minimum of four hours per week dedicated to supervision.

7) Interns are  encouraged to attend training and professional development activities.

Interns play an integral role in establishing training goals and activities for the year. With approximately 60 psychologists on staff, interns have opportunities to gain training/experience in many specialty areas. Within the program structure, each intern's program is tailored to meeting their individual training needs and interests while meeting some basic requirements of the overall program.

ONLY APPLICATIONS THAT MEET ALL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS WILL BE REVIEWED. APPLICANTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST 500 INTERVENTION & 150 ASSESSMENT HOURS (face to face, by application date), AND HAVE FORENSIC EXPERIENCE. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS MUST BE COMPLETE & DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENDED PRIOR TO APPLICATION.  THE PROGRAM GIVES PREFERENCE TO APPLICANTS WHO WILL COMPLETE THEIR DISSERTATION DEFENSE PRIOR TO INTERNSHIP.

THE HOSPITAL DOES NOT HIRE PSYCHOLOGISTS FROM NON APA ACCREDITED PROGRAMS.  WHILE THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM CONSIDERS APPLICANTS FROM NON APA ACCREDITED DOCTORAL PROGRAMS THERE IS A PREFERENCE GIVEN TO THOSE FROM ACCREDITED PROGRAMS. 

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:
Urban:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision:
Research:
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Atascadero/Internships/Clinical_Psychology_Internship.html or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 113 70 99
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 25 18 21
Total number of interns: 4 4 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 36 19
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 87 43
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 3 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 4 0 3
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 1 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0