Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1435
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Trenton Psychiatric Hospital
Department: Psychology Department
Address: P.O. Box 7500
West Trenton, New Jersey 08628
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 30 miles NE of Philadelphia, PA, 60 miles SW of New York, NY
Phone: 609-633-1630x
Fax: 609-777-4834
Email: Nicole.Waldron@doh.nj.gov
Web Address: https://www.state.nj.us/health/integratedhealth/documents/hospitals/trenton/TPH_Internship_Brochure_2019-2020.pdf
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.state.nj.us/health/integratedhealth/documents/hospitals/trenton/TPH_Internship_Brochure_2019-2020.pdf
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 1999
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Nicole Waldron
Chief Psychologist: Nicole Waldron
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 06/21/2021
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: 38689
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): The stipend for the 2020-2021 internship class is funded at the gross salary of $38,689.49. The interns work 4 days per week at TPH and volunteer 1 day at an outplacement site. Therefore, each position is filled at 80% for a net salary of $30,951.60. Interns receive approximately 67.2 hours of vacation time, 75.6 hours of sick leave, and 33.6 hours of paid administrative leave. Interns also enjoy 12 paid State Holidays at 80% pay.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Things have changed in the wake of the global pandemic to create a safe environment for patients and staff. At present members of the Psychology Department work a staggered schedule - one week on and one week off. We utilize Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) to participate in meetings and utilize the phones and/or laptop to conduct telehealth sessions with patients when working from home. We may meet in-person for treatment team meetings with proper PPE and social distancing when on grounds or via MS Teams. Therapy is provided face-to-face with proper PPE and social distancing when on grounds unless it is determined to be unsafe to do so. Then it will be conducted via telehealth. Morning reports and Life Management Meetings are not currently taking place. However, treatment team meetings are held daily. Prior to the pandemic, interns typically began their day by attending the morning Nursing Report and Life Management Meeting, which is a community meeting for patients. At present Nursing Reports are sent out daily via email. Interns may then participate in an interdisciplinary team meeting in which they will assist in writing treatment plans. Interns typically will carry a caseload of 5-6 individual patients and co-facilitate 2-4 group sessions per week. Group sessions are suspended at present for safety reasons. All therapy is conducted on an individual basis. Therefore, we may increase your individual caseload to ensure that you obtain the necessary patient contact hours. Interns may see individual patients in the morning or afternoon and when groups resume, interns would conduct groups in the afternoon. All staff members, including interns, are expected to document patient progress after each session in our Group Scheduling Application or by completing an electronic Telehealth Progress Note. Interns also conduct 4-6 assessments per 6-month rotation and will be working on integrative reports throughout the week. Assessments are being conducted via telehealth or in-person with proper PPE and social distancing depending when staff are on grounds. In addition interns receive didactic training on a broad array of topics presented by leaders in the field which will continue remotely via MS Teams this year. Interns will also receive in-service presentations by supervisory staff once a month and participate in the monthly department meeting via MS Teams. Interns will receive up to 1.5 hours of supervision per week by their therapy supervisor and assessment supervisor at TPH (3 hours total) either in-person with proper PPE and social distancing or via MS Teams. Interns will receive 1 hour of group supervision per week at TPH via MS Teams, and 1 hour per week of supervision at their outplacement site. Interns will also have the chance to engage in peer supervision.
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: 11/01/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/01/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/08/2021
Interview process description:

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 8, 12, 19 and 6, 2021.  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.    

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University - Chicago Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology - San Diego American School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Southern California American School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Washington DC Antioch University New England Graduate School Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Chicago Campus Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Washington Campus Drexel University Florida School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Tampa Georgia School of Professional Psychology- Argosy Atlanta Illinois School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Chicago La Salle University New School University Nova Southeastern University Pacific University Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine Regent University Rosemead School of Psychology/Biola University University of Denver Yeshiva University/Ferkauf
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: 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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
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 Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not 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:
Program Description

The Psychology Department of TPH, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health 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 16 psychologists, 4 psychology interns, 2 behavior analysts, and 11 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; one unit, King, is being transformed into a COVID Unit as per CDC requirements for hospital settings; 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.

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:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: legally-involved patients including sex offenders and those requiring Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations

Treatment Modalities

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

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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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.state.nj.us/health/integratedhealth/documents/hospitals/trenton/TPH_Internship_Brochure_2019-2020.pdf  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: 75 69 62 58
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 36 36 36 36
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: 0 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 4 3 3
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 8 17 14 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 31 54 37 49
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: 1 1 3 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 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 3 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 2 0 4
Correctional Facility: 2 1 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: 0 0 1 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