Program Information: FCC Tucson Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2536
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Federal Bureau of Prisons: FCC Tucson
Department: FCC Tucson Psychology Services
Address: 9300 S. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85756
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 110 miles from Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 520-663-5000x6440
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Lisa Unruh-Parker
Chief Psychologist: James Hayden
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
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: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 55253
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Psychology Interns will also accrue four hours of annual leave and four hours of sick leave bi-weekly, totaling 13 days of each during the internship year. Psychology Interns also receive paid federal holidays, liability coverage for on-site professional activities, and can choose from a variety of health insurance plans. As temporary BOP employees, retirement benefits are not authorized. Interns who require maternity or paternity leave will be expected to first use all accrued hours of annual and sick leave. Additional time off will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Warden. 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 The typical work day varies greatly depending on the rotation. Activities on the intensive treatment rotation include participation in assessment, individual, group, and milieu therapies, interdisciplinary consultation, and program administration activities. On the severe mental illness rotation, interns are involved in assessment and individual and group treatment. 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? No
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:

Each application is reviewed individually by the Internship Program Coordinator and additional Psychology Staff. Invitations to complete a secondary application through USA Jobs (Pathways Program) are typically sent to applicants by the end of November. The Pathways Program is completely separate from the APPIC process and procedures. This application is to verify applicant’s eligibility for temporary federal employment and is a requirement for placement with our internship program.

Read the announcement on USAJOBS completely, especially “Qualifications Required” and “Required Documents.” Apply online and submit ALL required supporting documentation. During the USAJOBS application process, applicants must respond to a series of assessment questions. Your responses determine category placement (i.e. Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). Additionally, Veterans Preference is applicable during this application process. After closure of the USAJOBS vacancy announcement, applicants in the Best Qualified category will be notified of their status by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by December 15th, and results are also forwarded to the internship sites.

Applicants can contact the Bureau's Consolidated Staffing Unit (CSU) located in Grand Prairie, Texas, for questions regarding their documentation and inquire if ALL required documents were received.

Once an applicant has successfully completed this process, they will be contacted to schedule an on-site interview. On-site interviews are a requirement of this internship program. Efforts will be made to contact applicants regarding an interview typically by December 15th. Interviews take place in January. 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, a panel interview in which you will be asked to respond to a number of scenarios that could arise in a correctional facility. If you fail any portion of this security clearance you will no longer be considered.

Following clearance from Human Resources, applicants will be provided a tour of FCC Tucson and the opportunity to interview with psychology staff. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant prior to Uniform Notification Day.

Offers of internship positions resulting from the computer match are strictly contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation process, which includes a physical examination, a urinalysis drug screen, and a field investigation to verify that the information provided in interviews and on required forms is accurate. Failure to complete this process or a finding that an applicant is outside the guidelines form employment in a sensitive position would preclude participation in the program. Once hired, interns must comply with the Bureau's Program Statement on Standards of Employee Conduct.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Unruh, Internship Program Coordinator, at with any questions.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
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 start of internship
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: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: As federal employees, any intern accepted into the FCC Tucson Internship Program is required to take the Oath for Federal Employees. In addition, interns are also held to the Standards of Employee Conduct issued by the Department of Justice. For any questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact the Internship Program Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Unruh, at 520-663-5000 ext. 6440 or
Other Requirements: As a mandatory public SAFETY 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

FCC Tucson interns provide services at the USP, FCI, and SCP 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 and a wide-range of presenting problems within a generalist training context.

Our training program provides interns three, four-month rotations in General Population/Restrictive Housing, Intensive Treatment Programs (Challenge and/or SOMP), and Severe Mental Illness. Interns will have the option to select either Challenge or SOMP for the Intensive Treatment rotation. To further broaden the training experience, we request input from the intern, as there is some flexibility in tailoring training experiences to meet each intern’s individual training needs and desires.  It is expected that interns will spend at least half of their 40 hour work week, or 20 hours, in face-to-face direct service delivery.

General Population Rotation

This rotation offers the opportunity to complete intake screenings and assessments, complete comprehensive evaluations, facilitate and co-facilitate group psychotherapy, individual and brief psychotherapy, assess needs of and provide services to inmates in the Special Housing Unit, and develop crisis intervention and suicide risk assessment skills. Given the range of referrals for assessment and type of groups available, efforts are made to match clinical interest and training goals.

Serious Mental Illness Rotation

The Advanced Care Level Treatment Program is designed to support inmates with significant medical and psychiatric issues who have been designated to USP Tucson. These inmates require significant levels of treatment interventions, often on a daily basis from psychology staff. All severely mental ill inmates are all housed on the Care Level 3 Unit. Inmates are provided all treatment interventions on the housing unit, treatment interventions include Anger Management, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, and Illness Management and Recovery.

Working with Advanced Care Level Psychologists, individual and group treatment is provided to a caseload of Care3-MH inmates with diagnoses such as Schizophrenia, Delusional Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar I Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, and various personality disorders.  Interns are also afforded the opportunity to develop their own group curricula, and have creative authority over group topics to facilitate treatment buy-in, skills building, and social engagement.

Intensive Treatment Rotation Options

In this rotation a unique opportunity is provided to learn the administrative and treatment components of an intensive treatment programs within the BOP. In addition to the intensive programs, interns will also provide group and assessment services in the Drug Abuse Program. 


The Challenge Program is designed to address the unique challenges of high security inmates with substance abuse and mental health issues. Under the direction of a psychologist, this residential program involves using an integrative model that includes an emphasis on a therapeutic community, strong cognitive-behavioral and relapse prevention components, as well as the connection of substance abuse to faulty criminal patterns of thought and action. The program is an evidence-based treatment program designed to promote adaptive life skills to prepare inmates for transition to lower security prison settings, as well as to promote successful reentry into society at the conclusion of their terms of incarceration.

Challenge provides introduction to working within a modified residential therapeutic community while co-facilitating process and facilitating manualized psycho-educational groups and learning typical administrative duties of a residential treatment program coordinator.

Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP)

The Sex Offender Management Program is a multi-component program comprised of cognitive behavioral treatment programming (either residential or non-residential), risk assessments, and specialized correctional management services. USP Tucson is the only high security SOMP institution within the BOP and offers the moderate intensity non-residential sex offender treatment program (SOTP-NR) for low to moderate risk sexual offenders.

SOMP provides training in assessing, treating, and managing inmates convicted of sexual offenses by completing thorough psychosexual evaluations and risk assessments, co-facilitating process groups and facilitating psycho-educational groups, while learning administrative duties typical of a treatment coordinator.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

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
Number of Completed Applications: 0
Number of applicants invited for interviews:
Total number of interns:
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs:
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program
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 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