Program Information: Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1594
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Utah State Hospital
Department: Psychology Services
Address: P.O. Box 270
1300 East Center Street
Provo, Utah 84603-0270
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 45 Miles South of Salt Lake City
Phone: 801-344-4474
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 10/01/1997
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Amanda Rapacz
Chief Psychologist: Douglas Benson Psy.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 17
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26790
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Four-day work week, your choice of comp time or paid over time, unused vacation, holiday, and comp time paid out at the end of internship, 401K or Pension and 401K, Vision, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short Term Disability, Prepaid Legal, free use of onsite swimming pool and weight room, free train and bus pass, discount tickets to attractions, travel discounts, credit union membership, and free hospital parking.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns get a wide variety of training experiences, which makes each day unique. Throughout the week interns are providing evidence based interventions and assessment. All interns are trained in evidence based treatments and are expected to have no less than four individual therapy cases (two of which receive neurocognitive remediation and one comprehensive DBT case). Interns also run at least 2 evidence based groups. Additionally, all interns are working on either psychological, neuropsychological, or forensic evaluations. Finally, interns are provided with a minimum of 3 hours of individual supervision, 3 hours of group supervision, and 2 hours of didactic a week.
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: Mountain Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 11/21/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Mountain Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 12/09/2019
Interview process description:

On-site interviews will take place 12/9/19-12/12/19 and occupy the better part of a day (beginning at 10:30 AM and concluding by late afternoon approximately 5:00 PM).  This includes: an orientation to the internship program, a tour of the hospital, an informal lunch with the current interns, a group experience (in which applicants view and collectively discuss diagnostic impressions and treatment considerations for a clinical vignettes), two panel interviews with one interviewee and approximately three faculty members, a writing sample, and a 30 minute informal open house at the end of the day to allow applicants the opportunity to ask any remaining questions or speak with members of the faculty they may not have interviewed with. The hospital will provide lunch to applicants. On-site interviews are preferred but not required.  Those unable to attend the scheduled interview date may request to reschedule for an alternative date to interview on site, or may participate in a phone interview.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Sam Houston, University of Nevada - Reno, Loma Linda University, Alliant IU/CSPP-San Diego, Gallaudet University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Roosevelt University, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, University of Hartford, Auburn University, Florida School of Professional Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine,
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 350
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 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 Utah State Hospital doctoral internship program is designed to comprehensively train interns to reach career and/or postdoctoral fellowship goals in the specialty areas of Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Neuropsychology, while also ensuring strong foundational and generalist skills. Our training model is defined as “practitioner-scholar” and is experiential in nature. Interns are expected to apply graduate training to “real world” clinical situations. This philosophy emphasizes the development of professional skills, critical thinking ability, and professional ethics. Interns are provided with a graded sequence of experiences, responsibility and independence increase as competency and comfort increases. Thus, as interns progress through the training program, they are expected to broaden and deepen their clinical knowledge and demonstrate increased independence, in a manner consistent with the hospital’s mission of providing excellent inpatient psychiatric care. The internship is structured to provide supervised experience working with patients of different ages, backgrounds and ethnicity, with diverse presenting problems and varying degrees of symptomatic severity. Supervisors serve as role models to challenge and guide, as well as to ensure interventions and assessments are completed with fidelity to the model.  

The internship program training philosophy is based on an integration of experiential, theoretical, and empirical knowledge. Interns are provided a venue in which clinical experience, didactic training, and ongoing research components integrate to produce state-of-the-art, individualized, and sensitive patient care. Training procedures emphasize mentoring and graduated responsibility, in the context of evaluation, treatment delivery, and outcome assessment. 

The program provides sequential training within a format of two consecutive rotations, a primary rotation completed during the first 8 months of internship, which typically aligns with the specialty area the intern matched with, followed by a secondary rotation in a separate specialty. Additionally, in order to honor our dedication to generalist training there is a year-long mandatory group and individual therapy component.  Rotation options include: Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Neuropsychology.  

 Throughout the internship year, all interns will carry a caseload of four long-term individual patients, in addition to facilitating or co-facilitating two therapy groups. It is expected that comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) will be used with one of the individual psychotherapy cases. A second evidence based intervention should also be chosen. Two additional cases will receive individual neurocogntive remediation. Groups interns facilitate are expected to be evidence based and meet the needs of our patients, recent groups offered to patients have included the following: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Mood Disorder and Anxiety, Seeking Safety, and Competency Restoration. 


Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Child: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Interns receive experience with Comprehensive DBT a minimum of 4 hours a week is dedicated to DBT with a combination of Individual DBT, DBT Skills Groups, DBT Consultation Team, and phone coaching. The clinical interns will have the opportunity to increase the number of hours dedicated to DBT.

Additionally, All interns will receive training n Neurocognitive Remediation and provide 2 hours a week of this intervention. However, the neuropsychology interns will have a greater number of hours providing Neurocognitive Remediation. 

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 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: 86 78 86
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 40 40
Total number of interns: 3 3 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 3
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 3 3 4
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 20 21 20
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 31 55 85
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 3 3
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 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 2 1
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 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 3 1 1
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