Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1167
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 1299 Seaside Avenue
San Pedro, California 90731-0207
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: Adjacent to Long Beach and Los Angeles
Phone: 310-732-5310
Fax: 310-732-5324
Email: pvillafrate@bop.gov
Web Address: http://www.bop.gov
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.bop.gov/jobs/students/psychology.jsp
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Parinaz Villafrate
Chief Psychologist: Michael Wydo
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/15/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 63052
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Health Insurance, 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 The primary mission of the Psychology Department at FCI Terminal Island is to provide mental health services for designated and holdover inmates. Many inmates at the institution have significant histories of substance abuse and severe mental illness. Their mental health needs are addressed through individual and group treatment. Psychology staff provides mental health treatment such as improving coping skills, adjusting to incarceration, re-entry services. In addition to crisis intervention, long- and short-term mental health treatment, the Psychology staff at FCI Terminal Island offers a Residential Drug Abuse Program, Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program, Drug Abuse Education, and Mental Health Chronic Care Clinic. Each program has been developed by the Bureau of Prisons with a focus on empirically supported interventions. COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: FCI terminal Island implemented proactive, conservative procedures to ensure the safety of the inmate and staff population in response to COVID-19. This approach coincides with the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations and has thankfully resulted in a small number of positive cases as of July 2020. All staff, including interns, are provided with PPE (e.g., face masks) and have their temperatures taken upon entrance to the institution. Medical staff conduct more intensive screenings for inmates, and inmates who are high risk, suspected of exposure, or pending test results, are placed in isolation. We have been provided with extra cleaning products and are sanitizing the facilities we use on a very regular basis. Additionally, hand washing and sanitizing is encouraged with plenty of resources available for the interns. Face masks must be worn by staff and inmates at all times inside the facility. Psychology supervisors ensure that interns have no contact with inmates with known positive results from COVID-19 testing. To the extent it is physically possible, social distancing is practiced within the institution. Interns are considered full-time staff and have the same rights and responsibilities as all Bureau of Prisons employees. Interns are afforded annual and sick leave, as well as access to the same health insurance coverage afforded to all staff members. As such, they are considered "essential" personnel and are required to report to the internship as usual. The Internship Program at FCI Terminal Island places an emphasis on the balance of health and well-being, training needs, APA/APPIC requirements for internship, and employment responsibility. As a result of the successful health and safety measures administered, the majority of internship duties and responsibilities will proceed as outlined in this brochure without significant disruption. As a safety measure, individual and group treatment opportunities held in the Psychology Department will be separated by housing assignment, meaning inmates will participate in programming on the specific day assigned to their respective unit and will maintain appropriate distance from one another. The entire department will then be sanitized at the end of each day. Also, open movement is not occurring at this time due to COVID-19. Therefore, on the days that inmates are not scheduled to participate in psychology programming, alternative clinical tasks (e.g., rounds in each housing unit) are conducted to ensure interns are still engaging in clinical and other professional opportunities. Psychology Services has a pivotal role to address the mental health concerns of inmates. Ability to perform experiential clinical duties is prioritized and the Training Committee is creative to ensure that training continues.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2021
Interview process description:

In early December, individual Bureau internship sites will be notified which applicants can be invited and scheduled for an interview, which are generally conducted in December or January. Applicants will be notified prior to December 15, 2021 whether they will be scheduled for an interview at FCI Terminal Island.

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, a subject matter expert interview, and a drug test. If you are applying to more than one internship site, you may only have to complete this process once. Results of the security clearance procedures can be shared with other Bureau sites for your convenience. However, if you fail any portion of this security clearance at the site where your interview occurs, you will no longer be considered at any of the other sites. Please plan accordingly.

The interview process will also include a panel interview in which you will be asked to respond to a number of scenarios that could arise in a correctional facility. 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.

Offers of positions at each site are then made in strict accordance with the policies of the APPIC's Internship Matching Program.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
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: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 0
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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 Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: As federal employees, any intern accepted into the FCC Victorville Internship Program is required to take the Oath for Federal Employees. In addition, interns are also held to the Standards of Employee Conduct issued by the Department of Justice. For any questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact the Internship Program Coordinator, Dr. Pari Villafrate, at 310-831-8961 ext. 310 or PVillafrate@bop.gov.
Other Requirements: As a mandatory public requirement , the Bureau of Prison requires all staff, including psychology interns, to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required at all Bureau of Prison internship programs. The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card you received at vaccination will meet this requirement. You may request a reasonable accommodation from the mandatory vaccination policy due to a qualifying disability or medical condition or based on a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Program Description

The primary mission of the Psychology Department at FCI Terminal Island is to provide mental health services for designated and holdover inmates. Many inmates at the institution have significant histories of substance abuse and severe mental illness. Their mental health needs are addressed through individual and group treatment. Psychology staff provides mental health treatment such as improving coping skills, adjusting to incarceration, re-entry services. In addition to crisis intervention, long- and short-term mental health treatment, the Psychology staff at FCI Terminal Island offers a Residential Drug Abuse Program, Dual-Diagnosis Drug Abuse Program, Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program, Drug Abuse Education, and Care-3 Mental Health Chronic Care Clinic. Each program has been developed by the Bureau of Prisons with a focus on empirically supported interventions.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Administration: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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: http://www.bop.gov  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
Number of Completed Applications: 110 98 91 64
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 26 30 35
Total number of interns: 3 3 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 9
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 21
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 4 3 2 2
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 1
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0