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. 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 at least 20 hours of providing direct clinical services and related activities.
Please refer to the internship brochure for additional details. For the most up-to-date version, please contact the Internship Program Coordinator.