Department : Psychiatry & Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2468
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: JPS Health Network
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
Address: JPS Center for Behavioral Health Recovery
601 West Terrell Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 817-702-5647
Fax: 817-702-8438
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Psychology Department
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Cindy Claassen
Chief Psychologist: Cindy Claassen
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/15/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life 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 Typical day is from 8 am to 5 pm with a dedicated hour lunch break. Working with an assigned faculty supervisor for neuropsychological/psychological evaluations in both inpatient and outpatient settings for administration, scoring, conceptualization, and report writing is a primary training focus. Also, each intern will have psychotherapy patients as a secondary focus. Didactics will occur throughout the week for Psychology group, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, and other opportunities, with Friday mornings typically set aside for didactics, self-study, supervision, and other training purposes.. Two individual and two group supervision will occur weekly with an assessment and intervention focus.
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? Yes
Details of the above affiliations This site has served as a practicum training site for graduate students from the Division of Psychology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), Dallas, TX (typically one or two practicum students per year). Also, this site has served as a practicum training site for graduate students from University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX and Fielding Graduate University (FGU). This program attends the "practicum fairs" held annually at both UT Southwestern Medical Center and University of North Texas.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 12/05/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/16/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2023
Interview process description:

All interviews for 2023-2022 internship slots will be conducted virtually using a protected Zoom platform over an approximate 2 1/2 hour time frame.

After allowing time for applicants to provide background information and their explain interest in the program, a brief overview of the program is provided and applicants are encouraged to ask further questions about the program structure and goals. 

Next, individual interviews with training program administrators and group interviews with other psychology faculty and current doctoral-level trainees are conducted. Opportunities to meet with faculty members who are only available outside of the group interview timeslots may be arranged separately.  We anticipate a rapid turn around time for scheduling and completing interviews, depending on Match release dates for Phase I and Phase II / Post-Match placement.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: John F. Kennedy University Illinois School of Professional Psychology Saybrook University Stephen F. Austin State University Carlos Albizu University, Mayagüez Center, Puerto Rico Divine Mercy University Illinois School of Professional Psychology Florida School of Professional Psychology / National Louis University Midwestern University, Glendale
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: 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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 30
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 30
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
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: The statement is found on page #2 of the program Training Manual, which can be downloaded from the program website at:
Other Requirements: Proficiency in speaking and writing in English.
Program Description

The JPS 12-month generalist internship curriculum is designed to train competent, technically skilled, theoretically equipped clinicians who know how to adapt approach, communication style and method in a scientifically appropriate manner to the needs and demands of a highly diverse, underserved population with complex clinical needs. From week one of the training year, our interns are introduced to fast-paced, high-acuity, multidisciplinary clinical settings that require psychologists to deliver accurate diagnoses, actionable assessment results, and effective, impactful interventions.

Each intern’s growth is supported through intensive supervision and relevant educational experiences. The internship training curriculum is sequential in nature -- promoting professional competencies within a carefully structured developmental framework that culminates in the ability to function independently as a professional psychologist. Training activities are graded in nature from basic to advanced over the course of the year, forming a coherent, organized learning experience. Our approach is based on the practitioner-scholar model, and within this framework our interns learn to integrate empirical data with clinical acumen in order to serve the unique concerns of the JPS patient population.

At least 80% of intern time is devoted to training in direct clinical activities. Interns will train in three primary rotations – each 4 months long -- as described below.

Neuropsychological / Psychological Assessment Rotation: JPS houses one of the largest inpatient psychiatric services in Texas, including a 98-bed acute psychiatric hospital and another 38-bed facility for patients who require extended inpatient psychiatric care. These acute inpatient psychiatric units are designed to provide services to patients who require aggressive psychiatric intervention to stabilize acute symptomatology. Within the acute care psychiatric hospital, 82 beds are reserved for adult patients (ages 18 and older) while the other 16 are dedicated to inpatient treatment for adolescents (ages 13-17). Psychology plays a consultative role in these settings, working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team composed of psychiatric specialists, clinical pharmacologists, social workers, nurses, and front-line behavioral technicians. Psychological and neuropsychological assessment results support the clinical decision-making of these care teams in a variety of ways, clarifying diagnoses and problem list, providing short- and long-term treatment recommendations, and assessing risk of near-term suicidal or other-directed violent acts.

The JPS Outpatient Behavioral Health Service provides care during over 41,000 outpatient medication management and psychotherapy patient encounters annually. In this relatively psychiatrically stable population, empirically-supported assessment services are used to establish diagnosis, level / quality of cognitive functioning, and / or to provide further treatment recommendations.

Psychotherapy Rotation: JPS patients are referred to the Outpatient Psychotherapy Service from across the network in order to address a variety of psychological issues, such as mood dysregulation, anger management, psychological trauma, and relationship problems. Both group and individual therapy formats are available. (Individual therapy is currently offered only on a virtual basis, due to pandemic-related restrictions.)

We include in this rotation experience with a psychodynamically-informed approach to personality assessment and case conceptualization that specifically incorporates the use of projective assessment techniques (Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test). This specialized testing experience affords a balance with cognitive-behavioral conceptual and interventional approaches, and ensures that the rotation exposes interns to the “depth” case conceptualization methods available using projective assessment techniques.

Health Psychology Rotation: Finally, JPS houses a 583-bed inpatient medical service, and the Psychology Division provides Health Psychology consultations and other supportive services to the diverse multi-disciplinary specialty care teams who care for these medically-ill inpatients. Intensive health psychology evaluative, intervention and consultative services are provided to JPS’s Level I Trauma Service where psychologists play an important role in addressing a host of issues encountered by medically injured and psychiatrically traumatized patients. On this rotation, psychology interns learn to address requests for capacity evaluations, interventions aimed at substance and acute stress-related issues, and a wide variety of other patient management concerns.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy:
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Forensic testimony in Mental Health Court


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

The patient population at this county hospital meets the needs of an underserved pooulation in a safety net county hospital with a wide variety of psychiatric and neurologic disorders ranging from mild to severe.  Co-morbidity for trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, developmental disorders, learning disorders, physical disabilities, and alcohol/substance abuse is common.

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: 7 5 11 10
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 5 4 7 9 6
Total number of interns: 3 2 2 2 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 2 2 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 1 2 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 35 30
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: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 1 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 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 2 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 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 1 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 1 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: 0 0 0 0 0 0