Site Name: Arkansas Behavioral Health Services Division-Arkansas State Hospital
Department: Psychology Department
Stipend ranges are values in US Dollars.
Interviews are typically conducted from 0830 to 1430 one or two Fridays in December and every Friday in January. Applicants will initially meet as a group with the Training Director for an overview of the DBHS/ASH internship program before beginning individual interviews with supervisors and other members of the psychology department. Each applicant will have three 45-minute individual interviews. All applicants will have the opportunity to eat lunch as a group with the current intern class to ask questions and gain a different perspective on the internship program. The current interns do not have a formal role in the selection process. Applicants will be notified via email of interview status on or before December 15, 2018. While on-site interviews are preferred, telephone interviews are welcomed for individuals unable to attend in person. Requests to meet with specific staff are welcome but cannot always be accommodated. Every effort is made to ensure that each applicant has the opportunity to interview with a representative from each of the three major training areas: Adult Services; Forensic Services; and Adolescent Services.
The Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health Services offers a full time (2,000-hour), one-year, pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology to qualified graduate students in clinical or counseling psychology programs. The internship emphasizes generalist training and provides interns with the opportunity to work with diverse patient populations in an inpatient hospital setting. Upon completion of the internship, interns are expected to have competencies in assessment and diagnosis, individual and group psychotherapy, diversity, ethics and consultation. The internship year consists of three 4-month rotations: the Forensic Evaluation rotation (primarily conducting court-ordered evaluations of competency, criminal responsibility, culpable mental state, opinion on capacity to be restored to fitness, and violence risk assessment), the Adolescent rotation (acute/residential treatment and the Adolescent sexual offender program) and the Adult SMI rotation (primarily working on a unit treating adults civilly commiteed or voluntarily admitted for psychiatric treatment). The primary training site is the Arkansas State Hospital with some seminars and training opportunities (e.g., observing expert witness testimony; observing ECT) occurring off-site. The internship structure is designed so interns can work with their supervisor and the training faculty to gain additional experiences, as available, to help them meet long-term career goals. These experiences include, but are not limited to, research, program development, and neuropsychological assessment. Interns are expected to attend supplemental didactic seminars during the training year. They can choose from Psychiatry Grand Rounds or weekly psychopharmacology presentations. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, which includes time spent in didactic trainings and supervision. Annual leave and sick leave are earned on a bi-weekly basis and interns are provided leave time to defend dissertations as well as sit for licensure examinations. The internship site is ideally located in central Little Rock within a major medical complex that includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital.
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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
https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/about-dhs/dbhs/programs-services/psychology-internship-program or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.