Program Information: California Medical Facility - Psychiatric Inpatient Program (previously known as DSH - Vacaville)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1169
Program Type: Internship
Site: California Medical Facility - Psychiatric Inpatient Program
Department: California Medical Facility - Psychiatric Inpatient Program (previously known as DSH - Vacaville)
Address: 1600 California Drive
P. O. Box 2297
Vacaville, California 95696-2297
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: 30 miles from Sacramento; 55 miles from San Francisco
Phone: 707-448-6841x2149
Fax: 707-453-7047
Email: Tamara.Sanchez-Barker@cdcr.ca.gov
Web Address: https://cchcs.ca.gov/careers/mental-health-careers/
Brochure Website's Address: https://cchcs.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/Careers/CMFPsychologyInternshipProgram.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • Other
Member of APPIC since: 05/01/1998
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Tamara Sanchez-Barker
Chief Psychologist: Tamara Sanchez-Barker
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 17
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/31/2020
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 41976
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Predoctoral interns begin their workday at 8:00 am. They attend nursing report on their respective unit at 8:30 am, attend interdisciplinary treatment team conferences from 9:00-11:00 am, conduct psychological testing or conduct individual treatment or group therapy from 11-1 pm, attend afternoon nursing report at 2:30 pm, and attend training seminars until 5 pm.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/12/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/16/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/14/2020
Interview process description:

Interviews are offered on 3 dates in mid to late January. Those offered and accepting of an interview are required to attend a half-day on-site which includes a visit, tour, interview, and meetings with program staff. The interview portion of the visit is a standardized, formal interview conducted by 3-4 members of the psychology department. Current interns and fellows at this program participate in tours and informational meetings with prospective candidates. Please note that security clearance is required prior to entering the facility. If accepting of an interview, candidates will need to provide personal information (DOB, SS#, DL# and state, etc.) for this security clearance.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: CA requires the completion of a standardized state application for all candidates; candidates can not be offered an interview without submitting this application. Please see website and brochure for more information. Security clearance is required prior to interview. Security, medical, and drug screening are required prior to internship. Please submit a sample psychological testing report within APPI.
Program Description

The Psychiatric Inpatient Program within the California Medical Facility (previously known as DSH-Vacaville) is a licensed inpatient psychiatric treatment program located inside a prison. There are 218 acute & 178 intermediate treatment beds for male offenders. Male inmates from throughout California are referred for evaluation, acute stabilization, and brief treatment. The focus of training is on the comprehensive psychological assessment of patients, and many patients are referred to the facility specifically for diagnostic clarification. Interns receive intensive training in psychological assessment, including neuropsychological, personality/diagnostic, and suicide and violence risk assessment. Interns also receive clinical training and experience in individual and group psychotherapy. Interns are part of an integrated team of professionals for service delivery, participating in interdisciplinary treatment teams, co-facilitating group therapy, and working with consultative services. Interns receive the following weekly training seminars: Case Conference, Clinical Issues, Neuropsychology, and Personality/Diagnostic Testing. All psychology staff members are involved in the training program. Clinical services are conducted in English and Spanish, part of a program commitment to culturally competent training and service provision. The internship provides an excellent training basis for candidates with career goals that involve correctional, forensic, and/or assessment-based clinical or consultative work.

Please note that the 2020-2021 internship brochure is currently not availabe online at this time, however applicants can email Tamara Sanchez-Barker at Tamara.Sanchez-Barker@cdcr.ca.gov for a copy of the brochure.

The 2019-2020 internship brochure can be located within the job bulletin for the position found at the following link:

https://cchcs.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/Careers/CMFPsychologyInternshipProgram.pdf

Alternatively, you can access it directly at:

https://cchcs.ca.gov/careers/mental-health-careers/

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural:
Urban:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other: Incarcerated adults

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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://cchcs.ca.gov/careers/mental-health-careers/ or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 78 97 106
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 19 29 32
Total number of interns: 3 3 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 15 18 17
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 31 46 39
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 1 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 1
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 3 2 0
Correctional Facility: 1 1 2
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0