Site Name: South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center
Department: Psychology Services
Internship interviews will take place during the month of January. On-site interviews are preferred, but phone interviews will be granted under special circumstances. Interviews typically last two hours. As part of the interviewing process, the applicant will meet with the Director of Psychology, Clinical Training, and Forensic Services to have a general orientation to the program and the site. Then, the applicant will meet with two other psychologists (either in a panel or individual format). Finally, the applicant will tour the facility, and will meet with a current psychology intern to receive additional information.
South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (SFETC) is a 249-bed forensic psychiatric hospital serving adults adjudicated by the court as Incompetent to Proceed to Trial or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The internship has a clinical and forensic scope. Nearly all mental disorders are encountered at SFETC, though the most frequent diagnoses are those of schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, personality disorders (specially borderline and antisocial), substance use disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and malingering. The hospital serves a multi-lingual and multicultural population. A number of forensic services are provided by the professional staff to restore individuals to competency or to assist them in living safely in a less restrictive setting. Interns are responsible for completing Inital Forensic Psychological Assessments, Risk Assessments, and Competency Evaluations of new admissions. They also conduct psychological assessments, including malingering tests. In addition, interns lead competency groups, individual competency sessions, and DBT groups. They write, implement and monitor specialized behavior plans and behavio contracts. Interns also have the opportunity to go to court with their supervisor for Competency Hearings and Medication Court.
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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.