Department : Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1407
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Federal Correctional Complex - Butner, NC
Department: Psychology Services
Address: c/o Federal Medical Center
Old NC Highway NC 75
Butner, North Carolina 27509
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 15 miles from Durham, 20 miles from Raleigh
Phone: 919-575-3900x5475
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address: http://bux_internship_brochure.pdf (
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Gillespie Wadsworth
Chief Psychologist: Gary Junker
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 33
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/14/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 58858
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day can vary greatly depending on the rotation in which you are involved. Activities on the forensic rotation include interviewing, testing, records review, collateral contacts, report writing, and possible testimony. Treatment in one of the residential programs (i.e., sex offenders, severely mentally ill, or substance abusers) involves individual, group, and milieu therapies; community meetings; and consultation. General clinical work with sentenced inmates includes therapy, crisis intervention, mental health screenings, educational assessments, and suicide risk assessments.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Required
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Interviews will take place in person in January 2023.  Selected applicants will also complete Human Resources requirements at the time of the interview. This will include such procedures such as a Core Values Assessment test, background interview, and fingerprinting. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: This year our interns come from Jackson Sate University, Spalding University, University of Virginia, Xavier University, Ausburg University, Immaculata University, and Wright State 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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
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 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

Due to the tremendous resources in this area and the Butner site's history of excellence, this location has been developed as a Federal Correctional Complex. The 770-acre reservation includes an 850-bed Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), an 900-bed Federal Medical Center (FMC), which includes a 300-bed work cadre, a 1300-bed Low Security Correctional Institution (LSCI), a 1200 bed medium/high security facility (FCI-II), and a 300-bed minimum security Federal Prison Camp (FPC). The FCI provides a wide range of psychological and rehabilitative services to a varied population including a residential Commitment and Treatment Program (CTP) for Sexually Dangerous Persons, a model residential Drug Abuse Treatment program, and a Mental Health Transitional Care Program. The Federal Medical Center is JCAHO accredited and serves the needs of both voluntary and committed mentally disordered offenders, assists the federal court system by providing forensic evaluation services for pretrial and pre-sentencing detainees, and delivers a range of inpatient medical care specializing in oncology, diabetes care, dialysis,and surgery. The Low Security, FCI-II, and Camp facilities serve general offender populations with appropriate security needs, including those with less acute medical needs. Combined, these facilities offer an extraordinary range of applied activities for internship training. Our objective is to help doctoral candidates transition from student to practitioner, becoming well-rounded generalists in the clinical applications of psychology, using experiences with correctional and forensic populations to facilitate this process. The goals of the internship program include the development of professional autonomy, integration of science and practice, development of specialized knowledge of forensic and correctional psychology, and provision of service to diverse and underserved clients.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
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:

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: 125 119 123 112 107 95
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 32 32 34 34 37 37
Total number of interns: 6 7 7 7 6 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 7 7 7 6 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 4 3 3 3 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 4 4 4 6
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 6 7 6 6 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0 1 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 0 8 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 159 34 94 159
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: 0 0 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 1 2 3 4 4
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: 2 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 2 2 2 2 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 3 4 0 1
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 0 1 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 4 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 2 1 0 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 2 1 1 0 2 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0