The FMC FTW Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation: APA, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 (202)336-5979. The program is organized around the practitioner scholar model. The goal of Bureau of Prisons Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is to train entry-level health service psychologists who also function competently in the correctional environment.
The training program has nine objectives: One objective is for the intern to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and competence sufficient to produce new knowledge, to critically evaluate and use existing knowledge to solve problems, and to disseminate research. Another objective is for the intern to respond professionally and ethically in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence. Another objective is for the intern to demonstrate the ability to conduct all professional activities with sensitivity to human diversity, including the ability to deliver high quality services to an increasingly diverse population. Another objective is for the intern to demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development and respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence across levels of training. Another objective is for the intern to demonstrate and display professional communication and interpersonal skills in increasingly complex situations, as well as an understanding and appreciation that professional communication and interpersonal skills are foundational to education, training, and practice in health service psychology. Another objective is for the intern to demonstrate competence in conducting evidence-based assessment consistent with the scope of health service psychology. Another objective is for the intern to demonstrate competence in evidence-based interventions consistent with the scope of Health Service Psychology. Another objective is for the intern to demonstrate knowledge of supervision as grounded in science and integral to the activities of health service psychology through direct or simulated practice. A final objective is for the intern to demonstrate proficiency in the intentional collaboration of professionals in health services psychology with other individuals or groups to address a problem, seek or share knowledge, or promote effectiveness in professional activities. General professional training is provided half-time for the entire year. Concurrent, part-time, area of emphasis training rotations of six months are offered in behavioral medicine, psychology in corrections, drug abuse treatment, mental illness and forensic evaluation to expose interns to areas of particular interest. To further broaden the training experience, interns may have the opportutnity to participate in an outplacement rotation at FCI Seagoville.