Site Name: Trenton Psychiatric Hospital
Department: Psychology Department
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH) utilizes the online APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form available at APPIC’s website, www.appic.org. We require the submission of a recent work sample which should be scanned electronically and submitted in addition to the AAPI.
Once all the applications are received, they are reviewed by members of the Psychology Department. A total of 36 candidates will be selected for interviews. All applicants will be notified via email whether or not they have received an interview by December 2, 2019. The interview dates will be January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2020. There are three teams composed of 3-4 interviewers. Each team will interview 3 candidates per day with each interview running about an hour. The day begins with an hour orientation to the hospital and a breakdown of the rotations and training experiences an intern can expect to get from TPH. Current interns will be present to answer questions and to describe their experiences. Once all interviews are complete, a ranking meeting will be held on or about January 31, 2020 to determine the Rank Order List that will be submitted to National Matching Services, Inc.
The Psychology Department of TPH, in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and affiliated outpatient and specialized training sites offers a one year, full-time (1750 hours), APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology. Interns are able to accrue 2000 hours if necessary for licensure in their state. Interns' core experience involves intensively supervised clinical work at TPH with an inpatient adult psychiatric and forensic population. TPH patients display a broad spectrum of psychopathology and are from diverse cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Interns are exposed to a range of theoretical orientations. They gain experience with varied treatment modalities and acquire assessment experience utilizing a range of assessment tools. Individualized competency-based training plans are developed for each intern, facilitating the development and expansion of a broad base of clinical skills. Goals of the internship are to graduate interns who will: 1. Function as competent psychotherapists, psycho-diagnosticians and interdisciplinary treatment team members. 2. Effectively apply literature, supervision and continuing education to their clinical work. 3. Conduct themselves in a professional manner, in accordance with ethical and legal guidelines applicable to the setting in which they practice. 4. Possess sensitivity to individual and cultural differences that enable them to provide effective psychological treatment for the individuals they serve.
TPH's psychology department is comprised of 15 psychologists, 4 psychology interns, 2 behavior analysts, and 10 behavior support technicians. Ten full-time psychologists are licensed in New Jersey. The hospital is divided into 4 complexes: Drake – 3 admissions units; Raycroft – 4 extended acute locked units; Lincoln –4 less restrictive units comprised of patients with either medical issues, chronic mental illness, or those who meet criteria for DBT milieu treatment; and Travers – 12 unlocked cottages each housing between 5-8 patients comprise the Transitional Living Unit which helps to prepare patients for discharge. Each complex has unique functions, but is interdependent with the other parts of the hospital. During the course of the year-long internship, each intern spends 6 months in 2 rotations in different sections of the hospital. Depth and variety of experience are further promoted by having our interns spend 1 day per week at affiliated outpatient or specialized training sites.
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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.state.nj.us/health/integratedhealth/documents/hospitals/trenton/TPH_Internship_Brochure_2019-2020.pdf or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.