Program Information: Larned State Hospital - Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2015
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Larned State Hospital
Department: Psychology
Address: 1301 KS HWY 264
Larned, Kansas 67550-9365
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 125 miles northwest of Wichita, Kansas
Phone: 620-285-4506x
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: Debra Vondracek
Chief Psychologist: David Barnum
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/21/2023
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: 24003
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns attend a Mental Health Conference at LSH for free; 24/7 on campus fitness center (depending on COVID 19 precautions this may be available); on-campus day care; free on campus housing pending availability, health care plan (vision, dental, medical, prescription). Ability to take time off for dissertation defense and post-doctoral interviews. Interns earn 3.5 hours of sick and vacation each pay period (bi-weekly).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The intern spends a majority of their workday on their assigned unit, spending four days of the work week on a primary rotation program. Interns spend one day a week on a secondary rotation throughout the year. The tasks of the day vary depending on the assigned unit, but can include psychological assessment, initial evaluations, group therapy, individual therapy, participating in treatment planning, participating in treatment team meetings, and documentation of activities. Interns are also provided the opportunity to teach courses to new employee's. Interns meet with their primary supervisor two times a week, and their secondary supervisor once a week for supervision. Interns participate in peer supervision with Post-Doctoral Fellows one day a week. Friday afternoons are reserved for didactic presentations, group supervision, and case presentations. LSH does not always have practicum students on campus. If there are practicum students there may be opportunities for peer supervision with students. Note: Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the 2021-2022 internship class did not rotate during the year to a secondary program and spent all five days on their primary assigned program. It is undecided at this time if these COVID-19 precautions will continue for the 2022-2023 or 2023-2024 internship class.
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: 11/21/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/02/2022
Tentative interview date: 12/12/22; 12/13/22; 12/14/22; 12/15/22
Interview process description:

Interviews are conducted typically during December. Applicants have the option to interview in person or complete the interview by Zoom.  Due to COVID-19, in person interviews may be resitricted by Larned State Hospital.  If that occurs, then all interviews will be conducted by Zoom.  If in person interviews are able to occur, an entire day is spent on campus. In the morning, applicants meet with the training faculty and current interns.  The current interns are available in the morning to answer any questions about the program.  Interviews are conducted individually, panel style with the training faculty. If interns have specific requests to meet with specific staff, this will be accomodated. In the afternoon, tours of the facility are conducted highlighting the programming space and intern offices. Additionally, the fitness center and available housing are visited. Lunch is provided on campus to the applicants (usually home-cooked potlucks), where members of the psychology staff are available to answer any questions related to the program. 

Applicants are notified by or on December 2, 2022 regarding interview status and if an interview is offered, scheduling for specific dates is conducted.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Nova Southeastern University LaSalle University Argosy-American School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, Orange County, & Schaumburg) Adler University Pacific University University of Kansas Carlos Abizu University Alliant University University of Hartford Chicago School of Professional Psychology University of North Dakota Tennessee State University Palo Alto University California School of Professional Psychology The University of North Carolina at Wilmington National Louis 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: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: Yes
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 200
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
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: Interns must pass a criminal background check which includes fingerprinting and a drugs screen. This is required after matching to the program and prior to beginning internship. All paperwork needs to be submitted to LSH HR department at least one month prior to the start of internship for the background checks to clear before the start date. If unable to pass a background check and/or drugs screen the intern will not be employed at Larned State Hospital. COVID-19 vaccination is required. LSH will rely on self attestation of vaccination status. Religious and medical exemptions are available.
Program Description

The Larned State Hospital (LSH) has two primary rotations: 1) State Security Program (SSP) and 2) Psychiatric Services Program (PSP).  

The State Security Program is comprised of units which serves patients who are criminally committed by the court system for treatment and evaluation. SSP provides court ordered pre- and post-trial assessments (e.g., competency to stand trial assessments, pre-sentence evaluations), competency restoration treatment, treatment for patients found not guilty by reason of mental defect, and treatment in lieu of confinement. Also housed on SSP, is the Security Behavior Unit (SBU) for civilly committed male patients who have severe behavioral disturbances including extreme aggressiveness. The Security Behavior Unit accepts patients from PSP and from our sister hospital (Osawatomie State Hospital). SSP is the only “forensic” hospital in the State of Kansas and therefore, accepts patients from all counties in the state.

On SSP, all interns will be exposed to working with criminally committed patients. Doctoral interns will participate in initial diagnostic assessment, psychological testing, comprehensive test battery administration and report writing, treatment planning meetings, and individual and group psychological therapy.  As the training year progresses, doctoral interns will assist with various forensic evaluations (e.g., competency to stand trial assessments, mental state at the time of the offense determinations, and pre-sentence evaluations), as this will be an emphasis during this clinical rotation.  Doctoral interns will also facilitate competency restoration classes.  Interns will have several opportunities to observe expert testimony.  Finally, all psychology interns will learn about the provision of services within a social learning framework.

On PSP, all interns will be working with patients either voluntarily or involuntarily civilly committed by the court for inpatient treatment due to psychiatric issues causing them to be a danger to themselves or others. Interns will have the opportunity to work with patient populations that range from age 18 to older adults in various units designed to meet the specific needs of patients based on age, current psychiatric functioning, and estimated length of stay. All interns will participate in diagnostic assessment, psychological testing, treatment planning, report writing, crisis de-escalation, consultation, individual/group therapy, forensic assessment, forensic treatment and, as available, family therapy. Interns will become proficient in test selection and administration, report writing, crisis intervention, program development, treatment planning, diagnosis, individual/group therapy, and interdisciplinary treatment team functioning.

Interns will complete a 4-day a week primary rotation for 12 months and 1-day a week secondary rotation on the opposite program. We will have two internship positions on the State Security Program and one internship position on the Psychiatric Services Program.

Note:  Due to COVID 19 precautions we are unsure at this time if the secondary rotation will be offered. 

Note:  LSH will rely on self asstettation reguarding COVID-19 vaccination and employees are required to be vaccinated. Religous and medical excemptions are available.  


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: 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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Program Consultation, Mock Trial, Internship Research Project


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: 32 25 22 28 41 35
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 15 18 27 27 12
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 2 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 1 3 1 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 2 1 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 1 1 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 1 2 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 2 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 2 2 5 6 21 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 40 35 12 6 28 28
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: 2 2 3 0 2 3
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 1 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 0 1 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 1 1 0 1 2
Correctional Facility: 0 1 0 0 0 0
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: 1 0 0 0 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0