Program Information: Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1211
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Wellpath Recovery Solutions / South Florida State Hospital
Department: Department of Psychology
Address: 800 East Cypress Drive
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33025
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
Distance from Major City: 17 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, FL and about 18 miles north of Miami, FL
Phone: 954-392-3120x3120
Fax: 954-392-3345
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: Sheila Schmitt
Chief Psychologist: Sheila Schmitt
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
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: 24960
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Free lunch at hospital's cafeteria
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Although it is difficult to describe a typical workday in our setting, on a weekly basis, psychology interns provide a wide breadth of clinical activities, including individual and group psychotherapy, initial and annual psychological assessments, participation in multidisciplinary treatment teams, consultations with the various treatment teams, and activities specific to their track: Clinical or Forensic.
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: 12/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Selected applicants are invited to interview during January, usually Monday and Wednesday mornings. The interview lasts approximately 2 hours. The applicants will have an opportunity to watch a video with a general orientation to the site and a virtual tour of the facility on the facility's webpage. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the interview will be preferably conducted in a videoconference format, but on-site interviews will also be acceptable. The interview includes a writing component, so computer access (email) is needed during the virtual interview.  Finally, the applicant will have an opportunity to speak with a current psychology intern for a Q&A session.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami, Emory University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Purdue University, Indiana State University, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Pacific University, Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, University of LaVerne, Albizu University, William James College, Palo Alto University, Loyola University Maryland, Alliant IU/CSPP-Los Angeles, and Argosy University at: Phoenix, Orange County, Washington, DC, Tampa, FL, and Georgia.
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
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 Not 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:
Program Description

This internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association and adheres to the Scholar-Practitioner model of training. It is the goal of the program to help interns to become competent and knowledgeable psychologists working with a long-term mentally ill adult inpatient population. Although the majority of individuals carry diagnoses of schizophrenia or some other thought disorder, individuals with diagnoses of substance-related, mood, anxiety, and/or personality disorders are also well represented. The facility provides treatment using a multidisciplinary psychiatric rehabilitation model. The clinical training provides each intern with a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in assessment and intervention with a diverse patient population. The goals of the program include increasing awareness of and sensitivity to the cultural, social, and psychological needs of special populations while learning to adapt traditional approaches to meet these needs. Interns will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a variety of treatment modalities while receiving direct supervision and formal didactic training. Interns will have a minimum of two hours of individual supervision with licensed psychologists as well as two hours of weekly group supervision, including case conference meetings, supervision of supervision group, and DBT consultation group. Additionally, on a weekly basis, interns will receive two hours of didactic seminars in the areas of assessment, diversity, forensic or general psychology, and will participate in a monthly two-hour trauma-informed care supervision group.

South Florida State Hospital internship offers two distinct tracks to interns. A Clinical Track is completed by two interns, and it includes two six-month rotations: Psychological Evaluation and Behavior Assessment & Consultation. There is a separate 12-month Clinical Forensic Track for applicants interested in focusing on forensic psychology issues.  Independently of the track, all interns will have the opportunity to build skills in the areas of forensics, psychological assessment, and behavior assessment and consultation, as they complete a core curriculum in clinical practice. Interns will also participate in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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:
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: 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
Number of Completed Applications: 73 56 82 82 84
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 29 26 34 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 2 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
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 14 14 6 5 17
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 30 30 33 26 33
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 0
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 0
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 1 2 2 2
Correctional Facility: 0 0 1 1 0
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 1 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 3 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0