Site Name: Metropolitan Detention Center
Department: Psychology Services
There are several steps required prior to reaching the interview phase at MDC LA. After review of your AAPI, you will be notified if you are selected to proceed to the next step of the process, which is applying for the position through USA Jobs. This application focuses on general requirements of federal employment, and submitting a CV that demonstrates you meet the basic qualifications of the internship position. Once qualified, you will then be invited to complete a personnel interview. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the personnel interview will occur in person, at the BOP facility closest to your residence. It consists of a core values exam, an integrity interview, and a panel interview. Once you have passed that phase, you will be invited to interview with the Psychology Services department at MDC LA. This portion of the interview will be held virtually, so you do not have to travel; however, it is required in order to be considered for the position.
Interns complete three rotations over the course of the year: Forensic, General Population, and Mental Health. In addition to their primary rotations, they will have responsibility for carrying an individual therapy caseload, providing trainings to staff, and conducting intake screenings with the cadre inmates throughout the year. By the end of the year, interns are familiar with the role of psychologists within the correctional setting; and have gained susbstantial experience with crisis intervention, brief/long-term assessment, the process of completing court-ordered evaluations, and providing evidence based treatment for clients with a wide variety of presenting problems.
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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.