FMC Devens is one of only six medical centers within the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), an agency housing close to 200,000 inmates nationwide. The institution is comprised of two structures: the medical center, which is a secure prison environment, and the minimum-security federal prison camp. The medical center houses approximately 1000 adult male inmates with chronic medical, mental health, and substance abuse problems, sexual offenders, pre-trial inmates referred by the judicial system for forensic evaluations, and general population inmates. The camp houses approximately 100 relatively-healthy general population inmates. The entire FMC Devens inmate population reflects diversity in terms of ethnicity, culture, age, gender expression, religion, geographic origin, education, offense, length of sentence, and socioeconomic status.
The aim of the internship program at FMC Devens is to train interns to become competent, entry-level professional psychologists who can also function in a correctional environment. To maximize the breadth of exposure afforded during training, interns at FMC Devens complete rotations that specifically emphasize the unique client populations housed at this institution: Sex Offender Programming, Treatment of Severe Mental Illness, Forensic Evaluation, Drug Abuse Programming, and General Population. The training year is split into thirds, allowing for interns to train within all areas of the department. Two rotations will be “major,” or full-time, and two rotations will occur simultaneously as “minor,” or part-time. The General Population training occurs throughout the training year and occupies approximately 10% of the intern’s weekly workload.
Interns learn experientially by directly providing a variety of psychological services to inmates and by collaborating with multidisciplinary staff in the furtherance of inmate care. Interns gain experience with mental health screening and triage, suicide risk assessment, psychological assessment, crisis intervention, individual therapy, group therapy, brief counseling, sexual assault prevention/intervention, risk assessment, documentation and report writing, and consultation with other disciplines. In addition, interns have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to doctoral level practicum students. Two weekly didactics focus on correctional and clinical psychology domains, mental health case law, and the treatment and management of sex offenders.
We invite you to review the brochure which contains a more comprehensive description of the internship program at FMC Devens.
Information regarding BOP internships in general can be found at: BOP: psychology_internships