Program Information: Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2533
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Federal Correctional Institution - Englewood
Department: Psychology Services
Address: 9595 W. Quincy Ave
Littleton, Colorado 80123
Country: United States
Metro Area: Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Distance from Major City: 14 miles southwest of Denver
Phone: 303-763-4300
Fax:
Email: kodell@bop.gov
Web Address: http://www.bop.gov
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.bop.gov/jobs/opportunities.jsp
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • Psychology Department
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Kasey Odell
Chief Psychologist: Angela van der Walt
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
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: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 60538
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Psychology interns are appointed at the GS-09, Step 1 level and receive a stipend of approximately $60,538 (2021 figure) for the program year. Interns accrue annual leave (vacation time) and sick leave at the rate of four hours for every two-week pay period (13 days for each). Interns also observe the paid federal holidays, receive liability coverage for on-site professional activities, and may be granted authorized leave to attend off-site training. As temporary employees, interns are eligible for health insurance; however, retirement benefits are not available. Specific maternity and paternity policies are available in the Human Resource Management Manual (Chapter 6, Section 630.4). In general, interns who require maternity or paternity leave will be expected to first use all accrued hours of annual and sick leave. In the event of maternity or paternity leave, the Internship Program Coordinator will work closely with the intern to ensure all requirements for internship and clinical training hours are completed in a timely manner.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Internship duties will vary by rotation. A typical work day for an intern on the Drug Abuse Program rotation involves facilitating a community treatment meeting, psychoeducational groups, and process groups each morning. The afternoons are filled with interviewing treatment candidates, addressing treatment participant needs, providing individual mental health treatment, conducting treatment team meetings, and intervening with treatment participant rule violations. A typical morning work day for an intern on the Sex Offender Management Program rotation involves conducting psychosexual evaluations, conducting intakes for newly arriving inmates with sex offense convictions, participating in treatment team meetings, and completing risk assessments. Afternoons are spent facilitating non-residential sex offender treatment groups, adjunct treatment groups, and DBT groups. During the Forensic Assessment Rotation, a typical work day may involve interviewing defendants about their social/mental health histories, facilitating forensic-focused interviews (sanity, competency), conducting psychological testing, and/or writing up reports for the court. Given that we are a correctional institution, our planned days are intermittently interrupted by the need to conduct suicide risk assessments or facilitate crisis interventions with disruptive inmates. Please see brochure for additional information.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Interviews will be held in January 2022. 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, an integrity interview which addresses issues of personal conduct, a subject matter expert interview, and a drug test. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, intern applicants will have the option of parts of the interview process being conducted virtually, though in-person interviews are preferred. Due to hiring requirements for federal employees, several portions of the interview process do require an in-person interview. The computerized Core Values Assessment (CVA) and integrity interview must be completed in-person. If applying to more than one BOP internship site, applicants only have to complete the mandatory in-person portions of this process once. Results of the security clearance procedures can be shared with other Bureau sites for convenience.

The interview process will also include a panel interview (which is preferred to be in-person, but can be completed virtually upon request) in which you will be asked to respond to a number of scenarios that could arise in a correctional facility.  All applicant interviews completed in-person or virtually will be treated equally for selection. The panel interview is used to determine your qualifications for a position of public trust and are required of all applicants seeking employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In addition to the scenarios regarding correctional practice, the panel interview will also include psychology relevant questions. These interview components will be conducted by the Internship Program Coordinator, Chief Psychologist, and a Human Resources representative at the specific internship site to which you are applying. You may additionally interview with members of the psychology department. 

For any additional questions or concerns regarding the interview process, please contact Dr. Angela van der Walt, Chief Psychologist at avanderwalt@bop.gov or 303-763-4300 x1315.

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:
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 200
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: Please contact the Internship Program Coordinator directly if interested in the full policy related to the BOP's Employee Code of Conduct.
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 FCI Englewood Psychology Internship Program is a comprehensive learning experience within a multidisciplinary institutional setting. Interns are exposed to a variety of clinical situations, security levels, and a range of client problems. It aims to provide an intensive experience, structured to enhance the intern's abilities, aid in the acquisition of new skills, and facilitate autonomy with appropriate guidance and consultation.

FCI Englewood provides many rich training opportunities. Interns work with a wide variety of clinical presentations in conducting evaluation, psychotherapy, and programmatic intervention regimens. Interns encounter adult inmates of all ages and security levels, those with chronic medical and mental disorders (ranging from adjustment disorders to psychotic disorders, with many personality disorders; and intellectual and physical disabilities), as well as healthy inmates in our general population.  Interns will work with inmates from diverse backgrounds, including various religious practices, different races/cultures, and diverse sexual orientation and sexual identity who are incarcerated at FCI Englewood from across the United States, as well as United States territories and from other countries around the world.

The training offered by the FCI Englewood Psychology Internship Program is designed to provide a well-rounded training experience leading to the development of entry-level clinical or counseling psychologists who can also function competently in the correctional environment. The training objectives are influenced by the mission of the agency and community standards. Psychology Services also aims to work with interns to develop individualized training goals and learning opportunities. To accomplish these aims, the program provides training as preparation for professional practice, consolidating the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through graduate training. Interns receive graduated exposure to the clinician role, practicing with greater independence as skills and confidence increase, always with supervisors available for consultation. We also stress the development of competence in research; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values and attitudes; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and consultation and interpersonal/ interdisciplinary skills.

Interns will provide services at the at the Federal Correctional Institution, Federal Detention Center, and Federal Prison camp (all institutions within FCI Englewood) at various points in the training year.  This assures exposure to a continuum of psychology services ranging from outpatient services through residential treatment programs, and offers the intern familiarity and experience for future work with multiple security levels with a wide-range of mental health problems. Interns are required to complete 2,000 hours of training over a 12-month period, along with a minimum of identified clinical experiences and adequate ratings on intern evaluations, in order to successfully complete the internship program. Training experiences include clinical contacts, supervision, didactics, and other professional activities. Each intern will be involved in training 40 hours each week. The 40 hours are apportioned accordingly across all training experiences with 20 hours of providing direct clinical services and related activities.

Please refer to the internship brochure for additional details.

BOP: Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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:
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
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: 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: www.bop.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 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 0
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 0
Total number of interns: 0
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0
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 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
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