Program Information: Mental Health Assessment & Triage Unit

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1946
Program Type: Internship
Site: Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department
Department: Mental Health Assessment & Triage Unit
Address: 301 E. Mitchell St.
San Antonio, Texas 78210
Country: United States
Metro Area: San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 210-335-7732x
Fax: 210-335-7798
Email: mary.collins@bexar.org
Web Address: http://www.bexar.org/jpd/residency.html
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 06/01/2005
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Mary Collins Psy.D.
Chief Psychologist: Jeannie Von Stultz Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/15/2019
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Low Stipend High Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend Ranges for Next Class: 25000 25000
Part Time Annual Stipend Ranges for Next Class:

Stipend ranges are values in US Dollars.

Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Residents have access to County activities, such as Health and Wellness activities.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Work days vary and interns have quite a bit of flexibility with deciding when to see individual or testing clients. There are set supervision, didactic, and treatment team times, along with deadlines based on court and department requirements that may help guide an intern's daily work needs, but how time is structured is generally up to the intern. There are a lot of components to this internship; daily activities may also look slightly different across rotations.
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: 11/26/2018 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2017
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applications are DUE by 11:59pm 11/26/18

A complete application consists of the following:

(a) A completed Online AAPI (APPIC’s standard application), including a cover letter, current Curriculum Vitae, three (3) letters of recommendation (one of which must be from your Training Director or a a program faculty member who can speak to the applicant's overall performance in the graduate program), and official transcripts of all graduate work.

(b) An electronic copy of an integrated psychological assessment report you have completed that includes conceptualization/formulation, diagnosis, and recommendations. Please alter/eliminate all identifying information for the sake of confidentiality. Attach as a supplemental document to your online application.

(c) Please list supervisors or a contact person for each employment and volunteer position listed on your CV, along with phone numbers and email addresses. 

BCJPD-MHAT will base its selection process on the entire application package noted above; however, applicants who have met the following qualifications prior to beginning residency will be considered preferred:

  1. A minimum of 8 integrated psychological evaluation reports

  2. 500 intervention hours

  3. 60 assessment hours

  4. Experience in providing clinical services to children or adolescents

  5. Some experience or special interest in working with diverse populations

Applicants will be notified via email whether they will be invited for an on-site interview (preferred). Interviews take place in January and run approximately 3-4 hours. Applicants will be interviewed individually by a panel of staff psychologists and complete a written assignment. Following the interview, applicants will be lead on a brief tour by a current resident. 

Please note that BCJPD-MHAT will not complete additional training contracts or evaluations. The APPIC Match Agreement serves as our training contract and we complete formal quarterly evaluations focused on our core competency areas of Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis; Psychological Interventions; Consultation and Training; Professional Development; Ethics and Law; and Cultural Diversity. Mid and end of year evaluations are sent to interns' home schools. 

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:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 60
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Preferred
Counseling Psychology Acceptable
School Psychology Acceptable
APA-Accredited Preferred
CPA-Accredited Acceptable
Non-Accredited Acceptable
Ph.D Degree Preferred
Psy.D. Degree Preferred
Ed.D. Degree Acceptable
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: Upon matching to the program, successful completion of additional credentialing requirements are mandatory for employment including background screening, fingerprint check, physical, submission of formal transcripts of all graduate coursework, and a brief employment psychological evaluation to include a clinical interview in San Antonio, TX. Students must be cleared prior to starting internship. Interns must be able to satisfactorily pass a background check as well as state and national PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) requirements. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE ANY PENDING CHARGES, OR ACTIVE WARRANTS YOU CANNOT BE ACCEPTED IN THE PROGRAM; CERTAIN CRIMINAL HISTORY MAY ALSO MAKE YOU INELIGIBLE. An applicant with the following findings on their criminal history shall be ineligible from acceptance into the internship/residency program: 1. a felony conviction against the laws of this state, another state, or the United States within the past ten years; 2. a deferred adjudication for a felony against the laws of this state, another state, or the United States within the past ten years; 3. a current felony deferred adjudication, probation, or parole; 4. a jailable misdemeanor conviction against the laws of this state, another state, or the United States within the past 5 years; 5. a deferred adjudication for a jailable misdemeanor against the laws of this state, another state, or the United States within the past 5 years; 6. a current jailable misdemeanor deferred adjudication, probation, or parole; or 7. the requirement to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. At least one year shall have elapsed since the completion of any period of incarceration, community supervision, or parole. For eligible applicants with a prior criminal history, the department may consider a range of factors to determine the applicant's fitness for acceptance into the internship/residency program. Interns having direct contact with juveniles shall disclose to the program manager any arrest, any criminal history, and any current indictment involving a felony offense under the laws of this state, any other state, or the federal laws of the United States and any offense that requires registration as a sex offender under the laws of this state or any state, as well as any finding of "Reason to Believe" by a state regulatory agency in a child abuse, neglect, or exploitation investigation where the intern/resident was the alleged or designated perpetrator. Any levels that come back from the 12-panel drug test will be considered positive, consistent with the Department of Transportation requirements and in accordance with Texas state standards. For a more complete description of the background check, please see our brochure online or email the Training Director.
Program Description

The Bexar County Juvenile Probation Mental Health Assessment and Triage Unit (BCJPD-MHAT) Residency is an APA-accredited internship site.

Our internship offers a 12 month, 2000 hour training program for qualified psychology doctoral students in a juvenile probation setting. The goals of this training program are to provide supervised training and expertise to doctoral residents in the areas of assessment, consultation, individual, family, and group psychotherapy with a particular focus on adolescents and juvenile probationers. Residents spend roughly 50% of their clinical time conducting, scoring, and writing up psychological assessments with youth who have been ordered into residential placement or are court-ordered to complete an evaluation. The other 50% of their time is spent in consultation, leading short-term theme, process, and experiential groups, carrying a weekly individual/family caseload between 4-8 clients, and supervision and training. Through their clinical activities, Residents provide a minimum of 12 direct, face-to-face clinical contact hours per week. A minimum of 4 hours of direct, face-to-face supervision is provided weekly, as well as 4 hours of didactic training per week. In addition, there are times set aside for staff meetings, seminars, and training workshops.

The Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department residency training program is divided into two semesters, which encapsulate 3 rotations. Residents participate in a variety of activities during each rotation. In general, Residents complete training within the Mental Health Assessment & Triage (MHAT) Unit during all of their rotations. The focus on the training experience in the MHAT unit varies between intervention, assessment, consultation, and training of probation officers. Additionally, Residents participate in the Stabilization, Treatment, and Evaluation Program (STEP), and with University Health System (UHS) in detention services for 1 rotation each. Residents also participate in the Weekend Program (WEP) for 3-4 4-weekend periods during their UHS rotation.  Consultation services include working with probation officers for diagnostic clarification, providing recommendations for youth, conducting structured interviews with youth (when deemed appropriate), and writing up summaries for probation officers. The Equine Program offers the opportunity for Residents to participate in self-esteem and team building activities with youth on an outdoor course and co-facilitate process groups based on experiential activities.  STEP is a detention-based program with a focus on the short-term evaluation, stabilization, & treatment of juvenile offenders and their families through which Residents will conduct psychological evaluations, and provide group and individual therapies. UHS oversees all detention services. While on the UHS rotation, Residents focus on assessment through completing evaluations for residential services and court purposes, observing forensic evaluations, and exposure to pre-employment screenings. The WEP is a program designed to deter youth from residential placement. The Residents working with the Weekend Program will co-facilitate themed, process, and structured groups, with the expectation of leading groups independently through the course of the year. During the Weekend Program rotation, the Residents will work 4 consecutive Saturdays per session.

Throughout the internship year, Residents are challenged to refine their theoretical knowledge, and hone conceptual, report writing, and therapy skills. They will also broaden their consultation skills through contact with clinical and legal professionals. Through their work with supervisors and staff, Residents gain knowledge and experience in various theoretical, assessment, and treatment models. Finally, the training prepares Residents to deal with a wide variety of clinical and professional situations they will encounter as professionals working with at-risk adolescents.

Please note that ours is not a traditional forensic setting; much of our work is therapuetic in nature, with an emphasis on meeting our youths' needs and providing recommendations. Forensic training is not a requisite, and students with a wide variety of training have done well with us for their internship year. 

For additional questions, please email the Training Director, Dr. Mary Collins at Mary.Collins@Bexar.Org to obtain a copy of our training brochure.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Geropsychology:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research:
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 http://www.bexar.org/jpd/residency.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
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Number of Completed Applications: 63 59 45
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 23 20 21
Total number of interns: 6 6 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 1
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 1 3 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: 1 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 0
Correctional Facility: 2 0 2
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 1 0 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0