Program Information: Psychology Training

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2363
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Northern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium (NCDCRC)
Department: Psychology Training
Address: CSP Sacramento
100 Prison Road
Represa, California 95671
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 916-985-8610x6289
Fax:
Email: frank.weber@cdcr.ca.gov
Web Address: https://cchcs.ca.gov/careers/mental-health-careers/
Brochure Website's Address: https://cchcs.ca.gov/careers/mental-health-careers/
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Consortium
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Frank Weber
Chief Psychologist: Travis Williams
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 200
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 44686
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 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: 12/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/17/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

The Application Process

California Men's Colony - 2 positions

California State Prison - Sacramento - 2 positions 

Valley State Prison - 3 positions

Prospective interns may apply for more than one site within the consortium

Prospective interns must have completed all required coursework, supervised practicum experiences and be in good standing with their psychology training program.  Additionally, prospective candidates must have:

•           120 hours of assessment experience.

•           600 hours of direct client service gained through a practicum experience in settings appropriate for a doctoral level

            psychology intern.

•           Acquired practicum experience at two independent sites.

 Interns from both Ph.D.and Psy.D. programs are encouraged to apply. To be considered for match, each applicant is required to submit a completed application through the APPIC applicant portal (http://www.appic.org/AAPI-APPA#APP). 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 (to be completed after Match process).  

Commencement of the internship in August is contingent on passing a security clearance/background check, fingerprinting, drug testing and TB test.

Upon receipt of an application, NCDCRC central office reviews all materials.  If an application is deemed incomplete, NCDCRC central office contacts the prospective intern, providing him/her with an opportunity to submit complete documentation within a given timeframe. An applicant who has submitted a complete packet, and who meets NCDCRC eligibility requirements, may advance to the second stage of the review process, which consists of a review by the site Training Director for consideration for an interview.

NCDCRC is dedicated to providing equal educational opportunities to persons of any age, ethnic background, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. 

 INTERN SELECTION PROCESS

The NCDCRC intern selection process begins with an evaluation of the candidate’s application packet by the Training Coordinator(s) of the institutional training site or sites to which the intern has applied.  Through this process, the institutional Training Coordinator(s) rates each application based upon criteria including:

 Information contained in the application packet;

  • The hours and type of assessment experience;
  • The hours and type of direct client service experience;
  • Breadth of experience in treating diverse populations;
  • Breadth of experience in treating populations similar to those served by the institutional Training Program  to which the applicant applies;
  • Perceived level of interest in the institutional Training Program to which the applicant applies.
  • Positive review from previous supervisors/instructors

Candidates who pass the initial evaluation will be invited to an in-person interview with a NCDCRC institutional Training Coordinator.  Under special circumstances, a telephone interview may be permitted.

An additional rating is assigned to each candidate based upon completion of his/her interview. Each prospective intern will be assigned a “rank,” reflective of the average of ratings from the initial evaluation and the interview.   Institutional Training Coordinators follow the guidelines outlined in “Interviewing Applicants with Disabilities for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Internship Positions,” published by the Disability Issues Officer of the American Psychological Association, as well as departmental guidelines as outlined in the Memo entitled, “Departmental Hiring Process” dated January 31, 2014.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant, Chicago Professional School, Fielding, JFK University, Central Michigan University, Marywood 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: No
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: 600
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 120
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 Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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. Also, a COVID-19 Vaccination is now a condition of employment unless you have been granted a religious or medical exemption.
Program Description

The Northern California Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium’s (NCDCRC) internship program 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. NCDCRC training programs are found at the following site(s): California State Prison – Sacramento, Valley State Prison and California Men's Colony.  As an intern at one of the institutional Training Programs of NCDCRC, you are afforded the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy, 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. 

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 has affected all of us in many ways and CDCR is no exception. Obviously, there have been rapid changes that were unforeseen and it is possible there will be more changes in the future. The information that follows is the most current related to the impact on our internship program.

  • Interviews – Interviews will be primarily conducted virtually for the 2022-2023 internship year.

  • Essential Employees – All Mental Health Staff including Psychology Interns are considered essential employees. In the event of a local or statewide shelter in place order, interns are expected to report to the institution. As such, all interns will be able to accrue all of the pre-doctoral hours required for licensure.

  • Safety Precautions – CDCR takes the safety of all staff and inmates seriously and has taken the following precautions.

    • All staff and inmates have been issued face coverings for general use while at the institution.

    • All staff are encouraged to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet.

    • All trainings and meetings, which can be done remotely, are done remotely.

    • Each institution has ample Personal Protective Equipment, which is used in meeting with patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

    • A COVID-19 Vaccination is now a condition of employment unless you have been granted a religious or medical exemption.
  • Curriculum Changes – There are no changes in our curriculum as outlined in this handbook, however some activities may be conducted remotely to promote physical distancing.

  • If you have any questions or concerns about the NCDCR Consortium’s Response to COVID, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Weber or review the CDCR COVID-19 preparedness information here: https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/.

 

 

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:
Urban:
Low income:
Homelessness:
Other:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently.

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://cchcs.ca.gov/careers/mental-health-careers/  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: 18 13 11 50 95
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 18 13 9 35 49
Total number of interns: 9 6 9 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 9 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 8 4 7 5 6
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 9 6 9 7 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 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 0 0 2 6 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 100 50 25 23 30
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 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
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 1
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 1 6
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 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 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