Department : Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1200
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Florida State Hospital
Department: Psychology
Address: P.O. Box 1000
100 N. Main St., Bldg 1249
Psychology Department
Chattahoochee, Florida 32324-1000
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 40 miles west of Tallahassee, FL
Phone: 850-663-7689x
Fax: 850-663-7782
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Ellen Resch ABPP
Chief Psychologist: Jennifer Slusarz PsyD
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/19/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 29020
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life 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 8-4:30 workday starts with a unit multidiscipline morning meeting to prioritize work for the day, then individual calendar is developed to allot time as specified by intern's rotation contract to perform assessment and treatment, meet with mental health recovery teams, conduct crisis intervention, participate in individual supervision, and attend training. Group supervision meetings and didactics occupy 2+ afternoons per week..
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/15/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Traditionally, it has been group format, open house format, live interview option at this facilty, with interviews scheduled by email and applicants given choices of available dates, including some January holiday and Saturday dates. We anticipate this option being available this year. Applicants would meet current interns and a selection of supervisors, but could request to meet specific staff.  Should the applicant prefer a remote interview process,  we offer Zoom and Teams interviews or telephone interviews instead of live meetings.  For these, each intern applicant has one hour with a small group of supervisors (2 to 4) for an individual interview and Q&A, including short videos about the facility, and had followup interview questions by email requiring a written email response.  Each applicant is also offered a group Zoom or Teams Q & A chat with the current intern group, duration one hour.  Options are presented for available days and times. The scheduling is negotiated by email with each applicant.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Too many to list in a small text box; please see final pages of the on-line program bulletin to see a list.
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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 2
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
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: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Background check requirements are described in this document and must be completed before person can start the internship
Program Description

See comprehensive on-line brochure (updated annually early fall).  40-hr intern program workweek in CARF-accredited historic state hospital with 1100+ beds, over half of which are secure forensic beds (83+ secure forensic beds for women). Even in the civil units, residents with forensic commitments occupy most of the beds. Psychology staff has independent responsibility for forensic evaluation reports. Flexible individualized internship focused on criminal forensic issues and public service to underserved adults. Unit placements rely on intern choice and group discussion. Can have more than one forensic unit placement during training year. Training and tasks represent a balance of assessment, treatment, & consultation. Interns use & refine clinical skills of interviewing, group & individual therapy, assessment, and testing, all done as part of multidisciplinary team within a holistic, recovery approach. In addition, interns gain forensic knowledge and skills to write court reports, provide competency restoration, conduct risk assessments, assess response style, and make NGI transfer & release recommendations. Plan, implement, and evaluate treatment, supervised by staff psychologists. Emphasis on mentor-style individual supervision, often in-vivo, plus weekly group supervision. Didactics emphasize forensic topics early in year, then become more general and include intern topic choices. Intern must have strong writing skills to produce well-organized, logical, clearly written reports for criminal courts, and the clinical maturity to provide services to individuals with severe mental illness, personality disorders, and behavioral disturbances. Intern is expected to make thoughtful choices among numerous options to help formulate cohesive individual training plan. Many interns have elected to stay for postdoctoral supervision in staff psychology jobs. During COVID-19 pandemic, in-person serviices continued with psychology staff and interns regarded as "essential."  Interns at this site, like other employees, who are designated "essential" employees may be called upon or assigned to perform essential functions on-site for designated periods of time during emergencies.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 87 61 64 60 64 60 53
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 29 23 32 21 30 21 22
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 4 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 4 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 1 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3 2 3 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 22 24 37 17 5 9 21
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 77 50 55 33 54 21 79
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 2
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0