Program Information: Doctoral Internship

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2033
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Florida Department of Corrections/ Office of Health Services
Department: Doctoral Internship
Address: Zephyrhills C.I. MHU
2739 Gall Blvd
Zephyrhills, Florida 33541-9701
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Distance from Major City: 25 miles east of Tampa
Phone: 813-780-3196x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Thomas Culbreath
Chief Psychologist: Dean Aufderheide
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 50000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Disability Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns work 1900 hours within the Department of Corrections and in assigned trainings. The other 100 hours of internship time are spent in approved professional activities such as conferences, dissertation defense, interviews, etc. Interns also do not work on 8 recognized state holidays.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are engaged, as members of a diverse MDST in ongoing patient care and treatment coordination and planning. Interns attend treatment team meetings, facilitate individual and group therapy, receive supervision and engage in didactic trainings. Three of five days will be focused on the primary rotation, an inpatient MHU, one day will be spent on a secondary rotation and the final day is spent in didactic training and group supervision experiences. A typical day is from 7:30am - 4pm M-F.
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: 11/30/2021 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

In the past, on-site interviews were offered with the option for virtual or telephonic interviews at the discretion of the interviewee. Beginning in 2020, related to an abundance of caution related to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and in the interest of social justice and fairness we transitioned to conducting all interviews to a virtual format. Interviews include an opportunity to meet staff and interns, a written evaluation, as well as a panel interview with 2-3 supervisors, a current resident and a current intern. At the conclusion of the panel interview applicants may ask the panel any questions they have, and they will also be afforded the opportunity to sit with a current intern 1:1 to ask any other questions that may remain. The time spent with a current intern is for the benefit of the applicant and those conversations are not shared with the selection committee to ensure an open and honest dialogue. Applicants usually spend 2 to 2 1/2 hours with us. Offers for interviews will be extended by 12/15/2021 and will be scheduled to take place beginning 1/5/2021 with various dates and times available. Internship interviews will be completed by 1/21/2022. 

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: 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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
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
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: We are a law enforcement agency. As such, employment is contingent upon a drug screening, security clearance and full disclosure in your application of any criminal charges, arrests or convictions. Individuals with positive drug screens and felony convictions may not be eligible.
Program Description

Our program is designed to provide experiences in all facets of a psychologist's work as a generalist while working within a correctional setting. Your primary training will be inng will be in our 100 bed inpatient psychiatric facility. There you will evaluate and treat patients with a broad spectrum of mental illness ranging in severity from acute crises to chronic, severe, mental illness. This will involve work with those engaging in serious self-injury and those needing court ordered treatment. To broaden your understanding and exposure to diverse pathology and patient presentation, we may incorporate secondary rotations in male and female oupatient services, a reception (intake) center and a Mental Health Treatment Facility where patients are court ordered for treatment. Formal Assessments will include at a minimum current verions of the MMPI, PAI, Rorschach and WAIS . For more comprehensive information, please see our website at 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Low income: Yes

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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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 :


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders:
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 43 55 66 68 52
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20 21 22 24 24
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 0 0 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 4 4 4 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 4 4 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 15 9 1 3 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 105 35 52 58 82
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 2 2 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 4 2 0 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 3 0 2 2 3
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 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0 0 0