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 (GEI). 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 treatment of sexual offenders. During this rotation, interns will participate in providing group and individual therapy, conducting psychological assessments, including diagnostic clarification evaluations and neuropsychological evaluations.
On the general adult rotation (civil commitment), interns will focus their work in the civil hospital with patients diagnosed with serious mental illness. During this rotation, interns will participate in providing group and individual therapy, conducting assessments, developing behavior plans, and providing consultation services with members of the multidisciplinary treatment team.
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 the Restoration to Competency program, providing services in Spanish (with supervision from a Spanish-speaking psychologist), and conducting neuropsychological assessments. Assessment services are provided on all units (in both the civil and forensic areas of the hospital, and in the sexual offender treatment program). Interns can gain experience in comprehensive psychological assessment, neuropsychology assessments, risk assessments, and restoration to competency evaluations with a broad repertoire of instruments. Rotations are subject to change depending on supervisor availability.