Site Name: Arizona State Hospital
Department: Psychology Service
The internship brochure can be found at https://www.azdhs.gov/documents/az-state-hospital/ash-internship-brochure.pdf. Students from APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral programs are encouraged to apply, with two of the four positions specifically allotted for students from Midwestern University—Glendale. The Training Committee will review applications and invite selected applicants for an interview. All applicants will be informed by email of their interview status by December 15, 2021. Interviews will be held in January, and due to the pandemic will be conducted online (using google meets or another platform) or by telephone; at this time the applicants will meet the training staff and receive information about the internship and available rotations. Applicants will also have a question/answer session with our current interns. If an applicant cannot make the scheduled interview date(s), an alternative date can be arranged.
Students from APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral programs are encouraged to apply, with two of the four positions specifically allotted for students from Midwestern University—Glendale due to our partial affiliation. Interns receive training in a breadth of assessment and therapy skills that will enable them to function as clinical psychologists in a variety of settings upon completion of internship. Available rotations for interns are in the forensic program, the sexual offender treatment program, and the general adult (civil commitment) program. Interns participate in rotations for six months each. Interns on the Forensic rotation will work with hospital patients who have been adjudicated Guilty Except Insane, and might also work with residents of the sexual offender treatment program. They will receive training and experience in psychological evaluations, risk assessments and direct therapeutic interventions. Interns on the sexual offender treatment program rotation will focus on the evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders. On the general adult rotation, interns will focus their work in the civil hospital with patients diagnosed with serious mental illness. During this rotation interns will participate in providing therapy, conducting assessments, and developing behavior plans. During all rotations interns join their supervisors in working closely with multidisciplinary treatment teams to provide the best care for the patient. Throughout the training year, during each six-month rotation, interns gain experience in both individual and group psychotherapy. Interns may (depending on availability of rotation) also receive training experiences through special opportunities in neuropsychology and the Restoration to Competency program. Neuropsychological assessment services are provided on all units (in both the civil and forensic areas of the hospital, and in the sexual offender treatment program) to patients with possible or documented organic mental disorders, such as traumatic brain injury, cerebro-vascular accident, and various forms of dementia. Interns can gain experience in comprehensive neuropsychological assessment with a broad repertoire of instruments. Rotations are subject to change depending on supervisor availability.
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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.