Department : Psychology Training

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2343
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Southern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium (SCDCRC)
Department: Psychology Training
Address: Southern CDCRC Consortium of Psychology Internships - R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility
14901 Central Avenue
Chino, California 91710
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: CIM and CIW are 25 miles from Orange and 45 from Los Angeles
Phone: 909-217-5989x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Consortium
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Mark Wrathall
Chief Psychologist:
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 54
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/17/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 42876
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, 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 Depending on rotation, interns will provide individual and group therapy with diverse patient populations, including intake, crisis intervention, and individual caseload management in outpatient and inpatient settings. Interns will also have opportunities to complete both traditional psychological assessments (diagnostic clarification and differential diagnosis) as well as forensic specific assessments related to inmate discipline, decisional capacity, mandated treatment recommendations upon release, and evaluations related to the diagnosis of exhibitionism subsequent to indecent exposure behavior in the prison environment.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
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: 11/18/2022
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/16/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2023
Interview process description:

Varies by site. Applicants should expect individual interviews, panel interviews, and interactive group exercises.

 NOTE: Prospective interns may apply to more than one site within the Consortium. Prospective interns should

write an independent cover letter for each site, specifiying reasons for wanting to place at the specific site.

Cover letters should be uploaded into a single document.

Consortium Sites:

California Institution for Men, Chino, CA

   Attn: Mark Wrathall, Psy.D., Internship Director -

California Institution for Women, Chino, CA

   Attn: Jennifer Foote-Nalbach, Psy.D., Internship Director -


Internships at the Southern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Psychology Internship Program (SCDCRC) are government-funded, California State civil service positions.
Holidays, Vacation Time and Medical Benefits
Interns receive all state and federal holiday time off as un-paid leave.
Pre-requisites for an internship with the SCDCRC:
Prospective interns must have an Internship readiness letter from their schools training director indicating they have completed all required course work, supervised practicum experiences and be in good standing with their psychology training program. Additionally preferred candidates have:
• 100 hours of assessment experience.
• 500 hours of direct client service gained through a practicum experience in settings appropriate for a doctoral level psychology intern prior to starting the internship.
• Acquired practicum experience at two independent sites.

*Note that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understood that not all candidates will have had the opportunity to obtain 500 hours. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply even if they do not have 500 hours of experience.

APPIC Application Process for Potential Candidates
Interns from both Ph.D.and Psy.D. programs are encouraged to apply. In order to be appointed as a Clinical Psychology Intern at an institutional Psychology Internship Program training site of SCDCRC, applicants must submit an on-line application through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Programs (APPIC) called the APPI (available at Applicants must also submit an application to CDCR through the regular, civil service employee application process. Instructions for application can be found by accessing this link:

The SCDCRC participates in the National Matching Service for internship selection. Once matched, interns will need to complete a background check, credentialing process, and drug screening as a condition of employment.
To be considered for match, each applicant is required to submit a completed application through the APPIC applicant portal ( ). The completed APPI on-line application must include:

• A current curriculum vitae
• Official graduate program transcripts
• Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the interns’ clinical skills
• A certification of readiness from the applicant’s training director and a completed work sample (a de-identified psychological testing report)

In addition to the APPIC process, applicants must also submit an application to CDCR through the regular, civil service employee application process after the Match process.
Upon receipt of an application, CDCR Central Office reviews all materials. If an application is deemed incomplete, SCDCRC Central Office contacts the prospective intern, providing him/her with an opportunity to submit complete documentation within a given timeframe.

Equal Opportunity
SCDCRC is dedicated to providing equal opportunity to participate in training opportunities. The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

The internship is a full-time, limited term, one-year program. Interns accrue approximately three to four weeks of leave time, that can be used for vacation, sick time, and/or research. As mentioned earlier, though internship matches are made in February/March, actual commencement of the internship in August is contingent on passing a security clearance/background check, fingerprinting, drug testing and TB test.

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: Adler University, Chicago; American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Southern California; California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles; California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno; California School of Forensic Studies, Fresno, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine; University of Buffalo;University of Northern Colorado; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Antioch University Santa Barbara, California Lutheran University, Azusa Pacific University, University of San Francisco, Alliant International University, Rosemead School of Professional Psychology, Loma Linda University, College of Saint Elizabeth, Pepperdine University, George Fox University,
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: 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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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 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: All offers of internship are contingent upon successfully completing Employment Examination, health screening, drug testing, and security clearance. In addition, all interns must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Program Description

The SCDCRC offers a broad range of clinical experiences with a diverse patient population to pre-doctoral students seeking well-rounded training in the field of psychology. Clinical practice is carried out within one of the challenging and exciting prison settings belonging to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. SCDCRC training programs are found at the following site(s): California Institution for Men and California Institution for Women. As an intern at one of the institutional Training Programs of SCDCRC, you are afforded the opportunity to provide both brief and long-term individual therapy, group therapy, Therapeutic Psychological Assessment, crisis intervention, and suicide risk evaluations. In addition, you will receive weekly on-site didactic trainings or Consortium-wide trainings, where you will be able to interact with interns from other sites. In addition, you will experience monthly, statewide didactic seminars sponsored by the statewide Training Unit of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Here, you will have the opportunity of learning from experts in diverse areas of psychology and exchanging ideas with peers and subject matter experts and members of the professional community. This program has adopted the Practitioner-Scholar Model, which strives to promote a breadth of experience to our trainees, in order to develop a diverse group of well-rounded, competent, entry level clinicians prepared to work both inside and outside of the correctional system.  

The diverse population of inmate-patients housed in one of the CDCR institutions offers a unique opportunity for interns embarking on the journey of becoming culturally competent clinicians.  Also within the frame-work of the scientifically-informed practitioner model, our training programs emphasize the incorporation of psychological science into the practice and delivery of culturally competent services.  

Participating Internship Sites:

California Institution for Men - 4 internship slots
Chino, California

California Institution for Women - 4 internship slots
Chino, California

Please include in your cover letter, which site you are interested in applying to for the 12 month internship. If applying to both sites, please submit separate cover letters to each site director.

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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)

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: 27 17 18 29 61 58
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 26 16 18 27 58 56
Total number of interns: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 2 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 8 8 8 8 7 7
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 8 8 8 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 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 1 1 2 0 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 14 5 5 144 23
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 1 1 0 0 3
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 3 1 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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 3 0 1 2 0 5
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 1 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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
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: 2 4 3 0 8 0