Program Information: Department of State Hospitals-Napa - Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1142
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Department of State Hospitals-Napa
Department: Department of Psychology
Address: 2100 Napa-Vallejo Hwy.
Napa, California 94558-6293
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: 50 miles north of San Francisco
Phone: 707-253-5070x
Fax: 707-253-5341
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Kaitlyn Eichenberger
Chief Psychologist: Julie Winn
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 78
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 47016
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Paid Educational Leave, On Site Fitness Center, access to walking trails
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site An intern would typically spend the morning on an inpatient treatment unit where they work 16-20 hours per week. They would likely attend a "change-of-shift" meeting and then co-facilitate a treatment group. Other unit-based activities might include conducting individual therapy, a suicide or violence risk assessment, behavior planning/intervention, milieu work, or writing a court report. In the afternoon, interns do assigned readings for seminars, attend internship seminars, attend treatment planning conferences on their unit, conduct psychological assessments, meet with an individual therapy patient, and/or attend one of the five hours of supervision interns receive each week.
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: 11/11/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

The most competitive applicants are offered interviews. Invitations to interview are made by email on or before 12/15/22. All interviews are held in January (2023). Applicants are interviewed individually by two members of the Internship Advisory Committee. Interviews for the 2023-2024 training year will be conducted virtually by using a video teleconferencing program. Opportunities to connect with the current intern class via video-conference will also be provided to these applicants during the interview weeks.

Barring any unforseen circumstances, applicants who are offered an interview will also be extended the invitation to attend one of a few optional pre-scheduled onsite dates, during which they will tours of the facility and meet with other members of the psychology department*. If feasible, it is the recommendation of the internship program that applicants consider attending one of these dates to ensure that they are making an informed decision about our site. This is a unique hospital setting, and we believe that increased clarity about the goodness of fit at our site supports applicants in feeling empowered to make an informed decision about where they see themselves for the internship year. 

*Please note that this is optional and will not be considered as a part of the formal interview process. Ranking will be made irrespective of an applicant choosing to attend one of these onsite dates.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology/San Francisco Antioch University of New England Argosy University/Twin Cities Azusa Pacific University Florida Institute of Technology Fuller Graduate School of Psychology George Fox University Kansas City University Miami University/Ohio Nova Southeastern University Pepperdine University PGSP/Palo Alto University Rutgers/The State University of New Jersey University of California, Berkeley University of Denver University of Indianapolis Wright Institute
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not 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:
Program Description

The program subscribes to a "general practitioner" training model with an emphasis on public service to the severely mentally ill. Focus is upon theory and practice of psychological assessment and treatment, particularly as applied to a severely mentally ill, forensic, and civilly committed inpatient population. Approximately 85% percent of the 1200+ patients at DSH-Napa receive treatment under forensic commitments, the majority of which are Incompetent to Stand Trial and Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity. The remaining 15% are civilly committed. This is not a formal forensic internship per se, and there are no opportunities to conduct evaluations for the courts. Orientation to forensic psychology includes an intern forensic seminar series and hospital-wide forensic trainings. There may be additional opportunities to conduct violence risk, competency, and/or malingering assessments, as well as to author periodic progress reports to the courts. Orientation to neuropsychological assessment and screening is provided in intern assessment seminar. There may also be an opportunity to conduct neuropsychological assessment batteries if skills in cognitive/emotional assessment at expected level. The internship year is divided into two, 6-month rotations. Interns spend 16-20 hours per week on an inpatient unit performing duties of inpatient psychologist (e.g. individual psychotherapy, group treatment, treatment planning and evaluation, consultation, crisis intervention, development and implementation of behavior plans). Interns also treat a minimum of three patients in long-term individual psychotherapy. Treatment orientation of training staff is largely diverse, with opportunities to work with both psychodynamic and behaviorally trained clinicians. DSH-Napa is unique for a forensic training site in that we provide opportunities and training in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approaches to case formulation and to the treatment of severely mentally ill patients. In addition, DSH-Napa has a vibrant DBT program that provides interns with opportunities to work on three comprehensive DBT treatment units. Interns may also co-facilitate DBT skills groups that are offered throughout the hospital and/or may have the opportunity to provide DBT therapy as a part of the yearlong psychotherapy requirement. Interns complete 10 full psychological assessment batteries during the training year. Interns attend three, 90-minute seminars per week. Finally, interns receive a minimum of four hours of individual, face-to-face supervision per week, including one hour for assessment, one hour for work at the rotation site (inpatient unit), and two hours of individual psychotherapy supervision. Interns also participate in a 5th supervisory hour, which is group supervision.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy:
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: Assessment includes violence risk, sexual violence risk and suicide risk assessment.


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

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.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 137 118 117 114 118 88
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20 29 25 25 33 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 1 0 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 2 3 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 16 10 10 5 7 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 81 29 16 12 26 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 1 1 2 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 3 0 2 0 1 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 1 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0