Site Name: Mendota Mental Health Institute
Department: Department of Psychology and Research
Interview dates range from 12/18/2020 through the 1/18/2021, over 4 inteview days and groups. In accordance with our department instructions and APPIC recommendations, interviews will be conducted via Skype/Zoom or by phone. In observation of COVID-19 pandemic precautions, we will not be conducting in person interviews or tours, nor will be sponsor an "open house" where the Director of Psychology provides an overview of the internship training program. Interviews with various psychologists from the Psychology Department's training committee will be conducted virtually or via phone. OUr assistant will contact interviewees who are selected to be interviewed.
Mendota Mental Health Institute's primary educational model is a professional model built on a Practitioner-Scholar orientation, in which research and theory inform practice. The majority of interns who come to MMHI aspire to professional careers as practicing psychologists in applied settings, particularly in forensic psychology, although, many have obtained positions in research, academia and private/corporate settings. As a psychiatric hospital, MMHI's mission is to treat individuals suffering from mental illness and disorders. These services are based on the science of psychology, with a firm foundation in accepted and validated processes and procedures. Training goals and objectives of the program are to develop skills in assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, and psychotherapy/intervention for a diverse population (Adult males & females, Forensic Adult males and Juvenile males). Three inpatient rotations are assigned an intern for the training year with the possibility of having a required rotation in risk assessments. However, there is certainly some flexibility for individual preferences and circumstances. A psychologist supervisor is assigned to each rotation unit with the intern. Close supervision is given particularly to assessment and therapy work during the training period. Each rotation is 4 months long and is deemed autonomous from the other rotations. Some overlap between rotations is allowed up to 2 hours per week. An intern is also assigned to one outpatient or rotation during the year for one day (8 hrs) per week for training and exposure to psychological services with a diversity of clients from the general community or an 8 hr per week, year-long, supplemental rotation in sex offender treatment/evaluation, Substance Use evaluation/treatment, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Research opportunities/program evaluations are also available.There is strong support for training at MMHI, as training is an important part of our mission. The internship is highly regarded for bringing quality trainees to the units. Other staff, members of the units' multidisciplinary teams, routinely interact with the interns and assist in providing training experiences. The internship program is one calendar year (50 weeks), 40 hours per week.
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Mendota Mental Health Institute is fortunate to have a significant knowledge base from over 20 psychologists with a broad range of training foci. Training and supervised opportunities are therefore not necessarily limited to those items checked above.
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:
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.