Program Information: Western State Hospital

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1310
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Western Kentucky Psychology Internship Consortium
Department: Western State Hospital
Address: Western State Hospital
2400 Russellville Road
Department of Psychology
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 75 miles North of Nashville, TN
Phone: 270-889-2819
Fax: 270-885-5257
Email: Susan.Vaught@ky.gov
Web Address: http://www.wkpic.org
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.wkpic.org
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Susan Vaught Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Susan Vaught Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: -
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): At the start of the program, interns have the opportunity to select other menu items for coverage, such as vision and life, for some additional cost. Six months into the internship, during annual sign-up, interns have the opportunity to add supplemental insurance policies such as disability, accident, cancer, long-term care, and others, again for additional cost. NOTE: Sick leave and vacation are bundled as Paid Time Off.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day at Western State Hospital would include completing intake assessments on patients newly admitted to the hospital, participating in individual or group supervision, attending didactics as offered, conducting individual therapy for patients staying past 72 hours, conducting testing as needed and appropriate, and working on "background projects" such as blog articles and individual case studies. During the COVID-19 state of emergency, assessment, testing, and therapy services are via telephone and telehealth, didactics and supervision are via online platforms such as Zoom, and case studies have been refocused to patients with full records in the electronic health record. Interns may work from home or from their office within the hospital. Kentucky currently has a mask requirement, and in-hospital work requires mask and eye protection when not in private office. Interns will have the opportunity to fit-test, and should pandemic conditions allow for safe on-unit work, interns will be offered this opportunity and provided with PPE. For the duration of the pandemic state of emergency in Kentucky, interns will not be compelled into face to face care.
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: 11/27/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/15/2021
Interview process description:

To be considered for interview, WKPIC requires 3 letters of reference, 2 of which must be from clinical supervisors. No supplemental materials required. 

 

Interviews will be exclusively virtual for the 2021-2022 internship year. They will be focused on a matrix of skills, but it also behavioral in nature, allowing interns to discuss how they have approached training and clinical issues in the past, with 3-5 interviewers who actively supervise and educate interns in the program. Virtual tours of the training site will be provided on our website, and prospective interns will have unsupervised access to current interns by email, telephone, and virtual meetings if desired. Interviews typically take place at staggered times on the scheduled day, with prospective interns having some input into the times that work best for them. Each interview slot is around 60 minutes in duration. We are still working to adapt our current interview model to a fully virtual model, so some details may shift. At this time, we plan to use Zoom as a primary platform, and to have interns meet virtually with two separate teams of interviewers. Time will be provided for question/answer, and interns will be available virtually for private virtual meetings as well.

 

Interview date is tentatively scheduled for January 15, 2021, with a secondary date of January 22 depending upon the number of prospective interns who wish to participate. Make-up dates may be available on a case by case basis.

 

Please note:  For the duration of the pandemic national state of emergency, we recognize that students may have difficulty compiling practicum hours. While our stated hours are preferred, we will not discard applications where potential interns or training directors note a lack of local opportunity to obtain hours. Each applicant who has not been able to meet the hours will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University, Chicago Tennessee State University Carlow University Vanderbilt University University of Indianapolis Fielding University Nova Southeastern University Western Kentucky University William James College Eastern Kentucky University Spalding University
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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: Please note, once matched to our site, interns are required to pass a urine drug screen and background check prior to employment. Failure of the urine drug screen or background check will prohibit the intern from being hired. Due to current Kentucky state law and state policies, as well as PMHC policies, WKPIC prohibits the use of marijuana in ALL circumstances, and will refuse to hire students who tests positive for marijuana regardless of medical need, the presence of a prescription, or its legal status in your state. To pass a background check, interns can have no charges on their record, with the exception of minor traffic violations.
Program Description

Program training is for generalist psychologists with focus on an adult inpatient environment, and opportunities to work with people who have severe, persistent mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities (with dual diagnosis/mental illness), brain injury and neurological disorders, and issues related to aging. Geriatrics focus is possible after demonstration of basic competence.

 

For the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency, WKPIC supports interns in providing services and receiving didactic instruction and supervision via telehealth and virtual platforms, and the State of Kentucky Board of Examiners in Psychology has issued an opinion that psychologists under supervision, at any practice level, cannot be compelled into face-to-face care at this time. As this situation proceeds and changes, WKPIC will adjust training opportunities accordingly, in consultation with current interns and the Board, to offer interns the safest possible training situation that meets licensure requirements in most states. When in-office or in-the-building time is required, appropriate PPE and hand sanitizer/hand-washing areas will be provided, and social distancing will be observed.

 

WKPIC is in process of transitioning from a consortium model to a single-site model for 2021-2022 and beyond.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision:
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Please note that while we offer Forensic experience, this is not a forensic setting, and opportunities are dictated by referrals from the community.

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: www.wkpic.org  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
Number of Completed Applications: 44 31 46
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 34 28 34
Total number of interns: 4 4 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 2 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 13 18
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 125 32 64
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 2 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 2 3 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 1 3
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 2 1 2 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0