Site Name: Federal Medical Center, Lexington
Department: Psychology Services Department
Please closely review program information materials provided in the FMC Lexington internship brochure. *Please note there is no requirement regarding number of clinical hours needed to apply. Applicants MUST be enrolled in APA accredited doctoral programs and meet specific age requirements for employment with the Bureau. Supplemental materials (e.g. case studies, psychological evaluations) are NOT required. Please allow sufficient time to complete both APPIC and USA jobs applications. PELASE NOTE THE USA JOBS APPLICATION WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO APPLICANTS WHO ARE INVITED FOR INTERVIEW AFTER THE NOVEMBER 1ST DEADLINE.
***Due to the impact of COVID-19, the interview process will contain a remote and on-site component. As part of the interview process, applicants must satisfactorily pass a security clearance procedure that includes a computerized Core Values Assessment (CVA), a pre-employment interview, an integrity interview which addresses issues of personal conduct, and a panel interview in which you will be asked to respond to a number of scenarios that could arise in a correctional facility. This portion of the interview will be conducted at the Bureau of Prisons institution closest to the applicant; it does not have to occur at an internship site. These procedures are used to determine your qualifications for a position of public trust and are required of all applicants seeking employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Results of the security clearance procedures can be shared with other Bureau internship sites for your convenience. However, if you fail any portion of this security clearance, you will no longer be considered at any of the other sites.
After successful completion of the on-site interview, each applicant will then be scheduled to participate in a remote interview with FMC Lexington Psychology Services staff via video conferencing (WebX). The interview will highlight aspects of the department and the internship program at FMC Lexington. This will also allow applicants to meet and interact with supervisory psychologists.
FMC Lexington is a federal prison medical center. We house male inmates in both general population and medical units. We also have a small satellite, minimum security prison camp for female offenders. Interns are an integral part of our very active Psychology Services Department. All interns are assigned to General Population where they provide a wide variety of mental health intervention and assessment services for male and female inmates. Once selected, interns are given several options regarding elective training expereinces which they may participate. Elective training experiences are chosen based on intern experience and availablability of supervision in that area. Elective options include Drug Abuse Program Rotations which there are two residential therapeutic communites offering extensive group therapy experience and a strong didactic component; SMI/Chronic Mental Health Treatment where interns provide clinical services to chronic mentally ill patients within a specialized environment; RESOLVE Interns can also gain experience working with male and female inmates with significant trauma histories; and/or Forensic Assessment where interns collaborate in preparation of assessments of competency and criminal responsibility of defendants for the federal court system.
All interns are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to sample experiences in other training rotations and to work with women at the satellite camp. Interns receive sick and annual leave. Support for research and completion of dissertation are provided. Many former interns are currently employed as Psychologists within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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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.