Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2430
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Central State Hospital
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 26317 West Washington St
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 26 miles south of Richmond, VA
Phone: 804-524-7054
Fax:
Email: john.benesek@dbhds.virginia.gov
Web Address: http://www.csh.dbhds.virginia.gov/
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.csh.dbhds.virginia.gov/
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: John Benesek
Chief Psychologist: John Benesek
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/10/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Ample parking, personal office space, network access, 12 paid holidays per year
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Workdays at CSH can vary considerably in terms of load and pacing of assignments, and good time management is an essential skill. In general, interns can be expected to fulfill the role of psychologist on a multidisciplinary treatment team, which meet most days and includes treatment planning and reviews of client progress; coverage of two or more psychosocial rehabilitation groups per week; provide and document individual intervention to include therapy or competency restoration; intake assessment of incoming clients; comprehensive risk assessment of persons newly admitted as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (including testing); suicide risk assessments, and supervisory/didactic activities.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 12/01/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 01/08/2021
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/25/2021
Interview process description:

Interns are selected for interview through the APPIC match program by a selection committee led by the Internship Program Coordinator.  Applications are reviewed by the Internship Director and the Primary Supervisors, who together comprise the selection committee (SC).  Interviews are then offered to qualified applicants.  In-person panel interviews will be conducted by the SC on-site at CSH in mid to late January. A tour of the campus and lunch with members of the psychology department and forensic evaluation team is included for those participating in in-person interviews. Phone interviews are also available for those who are unable to participate in the in-person interview. Requests to visit the campus on a day other than the scheduled interview dates will be accommodated if at all possible.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: George Washington University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Regent University, Ponce Health Sciences University, Virginia Commonwealth 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: 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: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited 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: Applicants must be able to pass a pre-employment background check and on-site drug screening.
Program Description

The Central State Hospital internship training program offers education and supervision in the practice of clinical and forensic psychology, a primary goal of which is to prepare the intern for the practice of psychology with a seriously mentally ill population. Our agency, located in Petersburg, VA, provides services to male and female adults with serious mental illnesses, many of whom also have diagnoses of substance abuse disorders and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our patient population includes pre- and post-trial forensic patients receiving court-ordered evaluation and treatment, patients who have been adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) who are receiving evaluation and/or treatment, and non-forensic patients receiving emergency treatment under civil commitment.

This internship program is designed to meet all internship training and supervision requirements for licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia and comply with the standards set forth by APPIC. The trainee is responsible for obtaining information on licensure requirements and ensuring that they file all necessary forms in a timely manner in order to obtain licensure.

Our training philosophy is that learning occurs through exposure, mentoring, and supervised practice with incremental degrees of task complexity and trainee autonomy. Through this process, interns are expected to gradually increase their clinical proficiency and knowledge of the legal system, and to grow into their professional identity in the field of forensic clinical psychology. The core values of the program include ethical clinical practice and an appreciation of the ways in which clinical skills and knowledge are necessary for competently answering psycho-legal questions. It is our belief that good forensic psychologists are outstanding clinical psychologists first and foremost; therefore, interns will be expected to demonstrate competence in the traditional core skills of clinical psychology, including psychodiagnostic testing, clinical interviewing, treatment planning, consultation, and psychotherapy, while concurrently acquiring a knowledge base of the legal issues and precedents that contribute to the competent practice of forensic psychology.

Our training philosophy is that learning occurs through exposure, mentoring, and supervised practice with gradually increasing degrees of task complexity and trainee autonomy. The core values of the program include ethical clinical practice and an appreciation of the ways in which clinical skills and knowledge are necessary for competently answering psycho-legal questions. It is our belief that good forensic psychologists are outstanding clinical psychologists first and foremost.

Interns are encouraged to make contact with their primary on-site supervisor during orientation or immediately upon completion so they may collaborate on what the intern identifies as their interests and strengths, specialty areas for growth, and what types of supervision they have found most useful. Office assignments and network access will be provided. Interns will also be oriented to the buildings and wards in which they will primarily be operating, making contact with other members of the treatment team and unit staff, and engage in reviews of client charts to develop familiarity with the individuals on their ward. They will also gain early exposure to supervision of trainees as they observe undergraduate practicum students in practice administrations of the WAIS-IV and offer feedback to enhance their performance.

Interns will “shadow” their primary supervisors as they engage in unit activities, to include treatment planning meetings, reviews of client progress, individual interventions (and documentation), and providing group programming. They will also observe and participate in intake assessments of newly-admitted clients as well as risk assessment interviews and testing of individuals recently found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. As their familiarity and skills develop in these areas they will be able to complete these activities with greater degrees of autonomy. In general, 70% of interns’ time will be spent with treatment team duties and provision of psychological services; 15% of their time will be spent part of the Forensic Evaluation Team assisting with pretrial evaluations; 10% will be devoted to didactic training; and 5% of their time will be dedicated to research and other scholarly activities pertaining to clinical or forensic psychology. Internal evaluations of intern performance will be completed twice per year, in addition to any interim evaluations required by their training programs.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients:
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: Yes
Other: forensic

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison:
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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%)
Research:
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Behavioral Treatment Planning with our Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Behavioral Support Coaches

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: http://www.csh.dbhds.virginia.gov/  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
Number of Completed Applications: 4 3
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 4 3
Total number of interns: 2 1
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 1
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 1 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 1 1
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0