Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1624
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Western State Hospital
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 9601 Steilacoom Boulevard SW
Tacoma, Washington 98498-7213
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
Distance from Major City: 42 miles Southwest of Seattle and 170 miles Southwest of Vancouver, Canada
Phone: 253-756-2739x
Fax:
Email: YOCUMRW@dshs.wa.gov
Web Address: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/bha/division-state-hospitals/western-state-hospital-internship-program
Brochure Website's Address: http:// https://www.dshs.wa.gov/bha/division-state-hospitals/western-state-hospital-internship-program
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 1986
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Richard Yocum
Chief Psychologist: Marilyn Ronnei
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 70
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2021
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: 46664
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): *Note: The stipend of $46,664 and the provision of the noted fringe benefits is based on the current Washington State budgetary situation and is guaranteed for the 2020-2021 training year. While it is expected to remain the same for the 2021-2022 training year, ongoing budgetary negotiations may significantly impact both the stipend and the provision of the noted fringe benefits.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical work week for an intern: Monday 0800-1200 Work with supervisor on rotational duties 1200-1630 Designated research time (program evaluation or dissertation) Tuesday 0800-1630 Work with supervisor on rotational duties Wednesday 0800-1630 Work with supervisor on rotational duties Thursday 0800-1630 Work with supervisor on rotational duties Friday 0800-0900 Group Supervision 0900-1000 DCT or Program Evaluation Supervision 1000-1130 Intern Seminar Series Didactic 1130-1300 Intern Cohort lunch 1300-1630 Forensic Seminar Didactic
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/01/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/01/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/05/2021
Interview process description:

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be conducting in person interviews for the 2021-2022 intern cohort. We will be having 3-days of virtual Open Houses, via ZOOM, in which 10 applicants, for each day, will be invited to attend. Tentatively, these virtual Open Houses are scheduled for January 5-7 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The virtual Open House will consist of 2 hours of presentations by our internship faculty, followed by group interviews. Attendance at the virtual Open House will be by invitation only.

 

 

 

The interview process consists of a group interview with 2-3 candidates and 2 committee members.  The candidates may be asked original questions, or they may be asked to respond to something said by another candidate.  The group interview will be held on the same days as the virtual Open Houses and will last 45-60 minutes.  

 

 

Note: While U.S. citizenship is not required, candidates must be attending a qualifying graduate program in the United States.    

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Past 6 years: (2020-2021) University of North Texas (2), University of Alabama, John Jay University (2019-2020) Simon Frasier University, Central Michigan University, Sam Houston State University, Palo Alto University (2018-2019) University of Alabama (3), John Jay University (2017-2018) University of Oregon, Carlos Albizu University, University of North Texas, Tennessee State University (2016-2017) Sam Houston State University, University of Toledo, Carlos Albizu University (2015-2016) Marquette University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Denver, University of Arizona
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
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
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

 

Western State Hospital features broad-based training in major mental illness and inpatient mental health. Specialty rotations include criminal forensic, adult civil, sexual predators (required), and child/adolescent. Ample training opportunities include extensive forensic seminars, intern seminar series, and other continuing education provided at the hospital. Each rotation is four months long. A specialty rotation at the nearby Special Commitment Center (SCC) involving the evaluation or treatment of Sexually Violent Predators is required. SCC treatment is located on McNeil Island and is accessed by passenger-only motor launch from the Steilacoom ferry terminal. SCC evaluation is located in nearby Steilacoom, three miles from the hospital. Our psychology department is one of the largest in the state with approximately 70 licensed psychologists. About half of our staff are former interns. The psychology department also co-sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology in association the University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Our interns have the option of participating in the postdoctoral fellowship seminar series. Western State Hospital is located in the Tacoma/Lakewood/Steilacoom area, about a forty-five minute drive from downtown Seattle. South Puget Sound is accessible by way of the quaint town of Steilacoom. An award-winning park with walking and hiking trails is across the street from the hospital on the south side. The nearby Cascade Mountain range offers many areas for downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, and camping. Western State Hospital provides an intern open-house in January. Intern applicants are welcome at other times by arrangement. Please contact us by telephone, or email with any questions.

 

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
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: 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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice:
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other: Forensic Evaluations

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities:
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:
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:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research:
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.dshs.wa.gov/bha/division-state-hospitals/western-state-hospital-internship-program  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: 115 103 113 114
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 30 35 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: 4 4 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 1 1
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 18 13 21 15
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 62 81 35 47
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: 3 4 4 3
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 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 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 2 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 1 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 1 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 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0