Department : Psychology, Addiction Recovery, & Trauma Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1354
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Springfield Hospital Center
Department: Psychology, Addiction Recovery, & Trauma Services
Address: 6655 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, Maryland 21784
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Baltimore-Towson, MD
Distance from Major City: approx. 25 miles west of Baltimore
Phone: 410-970-7333
Fax: 410-970-7339
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Charles Zeitler
Chief Psychologist: Charles Zeitler
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/07/2022
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: 35120
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): In addition to above: 9 days personal leave; 13 holidays; prescription drug plan and vision plan; all insurance plans require small percentage premium payment by intern for participation; Start date and stipend may change slightly
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical work day varies based on assigned rotation, but may include attending treatment team meetings, group therapy, individual therapy, supervision, psychological assessment, report writing, progress note writing, facilitating cognitive remediation, and didactic seminars among other clinical and training activities.
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: 01/11/2023, 01/12/2023, 01/13/2023, 01/26/2023, 01/27/2023,
Interview process description:

Based on an initial review of applicants’ credentials and application materials, selected candidates will be invited for an interview (invitations will go out on or before December 9th).  Remote video interviews will be offered to all candidates invited to interview and will be the preferred method of interviews.  Telephone interviews will be available as an alternative, when needed.  Interviews will be scheduled for January 11th, 12th, 13th, 26th, or 27th.  Interviews typically include an individual interview with the Director of Intern Training and an individual interview with another psychologist, as well as the completion of a writing sample. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to speak with current interns regarding their experiences. Applicants not invited for an interview will be informed by December 9th and will no longer be considered for the upcoming internship year. Notification and scheduling of interviews will be via email.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy - Northern Virginia; American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy-Hawaii; American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy-Southern California; Azusa Pacific University; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – DC Campus; Drexel University; Fielding University; Fuller School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary; The George Washington University; Georgia Southern University; Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, Argosy- Hawaii; Nova Southeastern University; Pacific University; University of Denver, and William James College.
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 75
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
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: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited psychology doctoral program. Reductions in direct contact hours are anticipated due to the impact of Covid-19. Although a minimum of 500 AAPI total direct contact hours with at least 75 assessment and 300 intervention hours is typically a requirement for our program, this requirement has been waived in light of social distancing and limited opportunities for direct contact. 1 testing report required with AAPI. Background check and pre-employment physical/TB test required at hire. Illegal substance testing if reasonable suspicion once hired.
Program Description

Springfield Hospital Center (SHC) is a large state psychiatric hospital that has been in operation since 1896. Patient care is provided by multidisciplinary treatment teams composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, somatic physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, art therapists, music therapists, recreation therapists, dietitians, and activity therapists. Psychologists provide services through various departments and programs at the hospital, including the Department of Psychology, Addiction Recovery, & Trauma Services (PsyARTS) and the Office of Forensic Services (OFS). Within the Department of Psychological Services, staff psychologists draw upon a range of theoretical orientations, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and integrative. Psychologists and interns conduct group therapy, crisis management, psychological assessment, individual psychotherapy, cognitive remediation, behavioral consultation, and provide other consultations with treatment teams.  The Office of Forensic Services (OFS) conducts court-ordered assessments, providing feedback to treatment teams and acting as a liaison with the court system.  The Addiction Recovery and Trauma part of PsyARTS provides consultation to treatment units regarding screening, assessment, and treatment targeting substance use and trauma-related symptoms. The PsyARTS department also conducts violence risk and psychosexual assessments for referred patients as well as treat compulsive sexual behaviors.

The internship is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model and is designed to prepare entry-level psychologists who practice ethically and with sensitivity to diversity. Training goals include knowledge and application of ethical and legal standards, theories, research, and methods of psychology related to models of psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, evaluation, and consultation. Interns have an opportunity to complete rotations in the Psychology, Addiction Recovery, & Trauma Services Department in the Acute Care or the Recovery Programs with an emphasis in trauma and/or addictions if desired. Interns also have the opportunity for a rotation in the Office of Forensic Services. All rotations are located at Springfield Hospital Center. Interns have opportunities to take part in the cognitive remediation lab, peer supervision of externs, and comprehensive psychological assessments. The internship employs diverse didactic training to complement the clinical work performed by the intern. While we offer a generalist training program, the majority of current admissions are patients with forensic involvement. Group therapy is a primary treatment modality in the hospital, and interns are expected to implement a group intervention of their choosing during the internship.

Current COVID-19 Hospital Precautions may include mandatory Covid-19 testing, use of masks for staff and patients, daily screening questions for staff, social distancing, hospital-wide communications, and use of quarantine precautions when indicated. Unless there is a reason for exemption, Interns are expected to follow CDC and Maryland Department of Health guidelines regarding vaccination. Expect changes to policies or procedures as circumstances evolve.  For more details please see brochure or contact the training director.

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:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Court-involved patients

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Competency restoration


Cognitive remediation



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
Number of Completed Applications: 50 65 70 68 66 66
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 29 24 36 28 30
Total number of interns: 2 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 0 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 3 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 31 10 3 7 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 21 45 22 18 16 35
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 1 0 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 2 2 2 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 1 0 2
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0 0 0 0