Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2365
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Federal Correctional Complex, Allenwood
Department: Psychology Department
Address: FCI Allenwood
PO Box 3500
White Deer, Pennsylvania 17887
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 2.5 hours from Philadelphia; 3 hours from New York; 3.5 hours from Washington D.C.; 3.5 hours from Pittsburgh
Phone: 570-547-0963x6555
Fax:
Email: agemberling@bop.gov
Web Address: https://www.bop.gov/jobs/psychology_internship.jsp
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.bop.gov/jobs/docs/alx_internship_brochure_2108.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: Ashley Gemberling
Chief Psychologist: Neal Kimble
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
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: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 54668
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 11 paid federal holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day varies greatly depending on the rotation. Activities on the intensive residential treatment rotation include participation in individual, group, and milieu therapies, interdisciplinary consultation, and program administration activities. On the severe mental illness rotation, interns are involved in assessment activities (i.e., interviewing, testing, record review, collateral contacts, report writing) and individual and group treatment with sentenced and/or civilly committed inmates. The general population/restrictive housing interns are involved in mental health screening, crisis intervention/suicide risk assessment, individual and group therapy, and assessment.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • 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 invited for an interview at FCC Allenwood.  As part of the interview process, applicants must satisfactorily pass a security clearance procedure that includes a computerized Core Values Assessment (CVA), a pre-employment interview, and an integrity interview which addresses issues of personal conduct.  These procedures are used to determine qualifications for a position of public trust, and are required of all applicants seeking employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Results of the security clearance procedures can be shared with other Bureau of Prisons internship sites for your convenience.  In addition to the above requirements, applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q & A session with current interns and tour each of the institutions in the complex.  

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: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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: 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.
Program Description

The internship at the Federal Correctional Complex Allenwood is a one-year, full time training program (2,000 hours minimum).  FCC Allenwood is made up of three institutions: United States Penitentiary (USP), Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), and Low Security Correctional Institution (LSCI).  The FCC Allenwood reservation consists of 4,252 acres of federally owned land in central Pennsylvania, and is situated in the foothills of the Northern Allegheny Mountains.  The institution is conveniently located within two to three hours from five major metropolitan areas, and interns enjoy the ability to easily travel to New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington DC for long weekends or holidays.

FCC Allenwood has the largest psychology department in the Bureau of Prisons with the largest number of specialty mental health missions, and we continue to grow.  FCC Allenwood was recently designated the first ever “mental health penitentiary,” and we are currently activating multiple novel residential treatment units to meet the unique needs of high security inmates.  These new programs target seriously mentally ill and violent offenders, offenders with severe personality disorders, offenders with intellectual and developmental disorders, and offenders who have a history of difficulty integrating into the general population.  As many of the programs FCC Allenwood has been tasked with developing do not yet exist anywhere else in the Bureau of Prisons, interns will have the unique opportunity to assist with developing evidence-based programming for the new units. 

In addition to the activation of new programs, FCC Allenwood is home to several established residential treatment programs, where we offer a variety of experiences in comprehensive psychological assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, and peer supervision.  Interns have the unique opportunity to provide services in the Secure Mental Health - Step Down Program (SMH-SDP), which is one of two such units in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and houses 30 severely mentally ill inmates with a significant history of violence, some of whom are civilly committed.  FCC Allenwood is also home to the Transitional Care Unit (TCU), which is the only program of its kind in the BOP, and addresses the transitional needs of mentally ill inmates who have spent extended periods of time in secure treatment programs or restrictive housing settings.  FCC Allenwood also boasts two Residential Drug Abuse Programs (RDAP), a residential Challenge Program, and a general population mental health mission.

Additional information about the FCC Allenwood internship program can be found by visiting this website: https://www.bop.gov/jobs/docs/alx_internship_brochure_2108.pdf

Inquiries should be directed to the Internship Program Coordinator (Ashley Gemberling, Psy.D., ABPP) at the following email address: agemberling@bop.gov

***Note on minimum hours requirement:  We recognize COVID-19 may have disrupted practicum training opportunities for potential applicants. If you are interested in applying to FCC Allenwood and your direct client hours do not satisfy the minimum requirements, your application may still be considered. Please explain in your cover letter any participation in additional academic or clinical activities that supplement contact hours lost due to the pandemic.

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:
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: 5 43 51 62 59
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 4 22 28 31 33
Total number of interns: 1 4 4 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 4 4 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 5 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 6 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 1 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 16 7 13 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 61 67 35 54
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 1 1 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 1 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 3 3 5
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