Program Information: Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1722
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Federal Medical Center, Devens
Department: Psychology Services
Address: Federal Bureau of Prisons
42 Patton Road
Devens, Massachusetts 01432
Country: United States
Metro Area: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City: 35 miles northwest of Boston
Phone: 978-796-1422
Fax:
Email: kfricker@bop.gov
Web Address: https://www.bop.gov/jobs/psychology_internship.jsp
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.bop.gov/jobs/docs/dev_internship_brochure.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Kelly Fricker
Chief Psychologist: Paul Anderson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/15/2022
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: 61481
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day varies based on the intern's rotation and specific details are included in the online brochure. Broadly speaking, in addition to weekly supervision (individual and group) and weekly didactics, clinical duties for interns include 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. Please note that if matched with a Bureau of Prisons internship site, you will be considered an essential worker and will report daily to the institution. Please see our online brochure at https://www.bop.gov/jobs/docs/dev_internship_brochure.pdf for a more comprehensive description.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
  • Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified prior to December 15, 2021 whether they will be scheduled for an interview at FMC Devens. 

Due to the nature of the Bureau of Prison's hiring process, you will need to complete an in-person Core Values Assessment (CVA) and a pre-employment integrity interview. These interviews must be completed on site and may take at least 2 to 3 hours. These procedures are used to determine your qualifications for a position of public trust and are required of all applicants seeking employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Because results of the security clearance procedures can be shared with other Bureau internship sites for your convenience, you will only need to complete this portion of the interview once. However, if you fail any portion of this security clearance, you will no longer be considered at any of the other BOP internship sites.

After successful completion of the on-site interview, a psychology-related interview will be conducted. Specifically, each applicant will be scheduled to participate in an interview with FMC Devens Psychology Services staff and interns. The interview will highlight aspects of the department and the internship program at FMC Devens. This will also allow applicants to meet and interact with supervisory psychologists. Interviews typically take place in January.

As a mandatory public requirement, the Bureau of Prison requires all staff, including psychology interns, to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required at all Bureau of Prison internship programs. The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card you received at vaccination will meet this requirement. You may request a reasonable accommodation from the mandatory vaccination policy due to a qualifying disability or medical condition or based on a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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:
Program Description

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.

https://www.bop.gov/jobs/docs/dev_internship_brochure_2020_09.pdf

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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 : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Other:

Experience

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

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: https://www.bop.gov/jobs/psychology_internship.jsp  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
Number of Completed Applications: 97 98 88 76 84
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 25 25 25 24 26
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 2 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 2 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 27 12 6 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 24 30 44 26 47
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 0 3 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 2 0 2 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 1 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 1 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 2 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0