Program Information: Psychology Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2546
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Federal Bureau of Prisons - FDC Philadelphia
Department: Psychology Services
Address: 700 Arch Street
Phildadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 215-521-4000x7215
Fax:
Email: B1daniels@bop.gov
Web Address: http://www.bop.gov/jobs/students/psychology.jsp
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.bop.gov/jobs/students/psychology.jsp
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Beth Daniels
Chief Psychologist: Chad Brinkley
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
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: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 60095
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, 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 The typical workday is from 7:30 AM until 4 PM with a 30 minute lunch break.
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
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/13/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Application information can be found online: https://www.bop.gov/jobs/psychology_internship.jsp

Interviews will typically be offered in January. In person interviews are preferred. Phone interviews can be accomodated. The on-site interviews typically take 4-8 hours. During the interview day, potential interns will tour FDC Philadelphia, and complete interviews with psychology staff on site. Potential interns who interview on site will generally be interviewed by at least three members of FDC Philadelphia's psychology department. Phone interviews will typically be conducted by the Internship Program Coordinator.

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: 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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
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
CPA-Accredited 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: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

FDC Philadelphia is a detention facility for pre-trial federal inmates. Interns provide services at the FDC, as well as rotations at nearby BOP facilities. Our training program focuses on correctional psychology and provides interns three, four-month rotations in General Psychology/Restricted Housing, Serious Mental Illness (SMI), and Drug Abuse Programs. 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 and Restrictive Housing Services Rotation

This rotation will be primarily conducted at FDC Philadelphia, but interns may also have the opportunities to offer these services at FCI Fairton and FCI Ft. Dix. Interns are responsible for completing intake screenings, evaluating mental health functioning and diagnostic presentation. Interns will provide ongoing treatment to individuals with mental health concerns. Interns will also provide brief services to inmates who are experiencing adjustment problems. At times, psychological interventions may be required to de-escalate individuals engaged in behavioral misconduct. Interns facilitate an evidence-based priority practice group.  Potential protocols include anger management, criminal thinking, emotional self-regulation, seeking safety, and Trauma in Life. Interns are trained in crisis intervention, suicide risk assessment, and disruptive behavior management.

Interns participate in a weekly multidisciplinary meeting to review cases of inmates housed in the Special Housing Unit.  Interns complete rounds in the Special Housing Unit and address the needs of inmates i through providing self-study material and individual counseling.  For inmates housed in a restrictive housing setting for six months, interns complete a mental health screening to evaluate the impact of restrictive housing on mental status.

Interns will complete several intake screenings and diagnostic assessments. The focus of these assessments will be on rapid assessment of individuals for whom records may not be available. Interns are expected to complete at least one comprehensive evaluation during the rotation. 

Serious Mental Illness Rotation

This rotation will be shared between FDC Philadelphia and FCI Fairton.  Interns will spend up to 40 percent of their time at FCI Fairton.

Interns participate in multidisciplinary meetings and organize group treatment schedules.  This rotation will focus on identification and diagnosis of serious mental illness, as well as the utilization of empirically supported interventions for individuals experiencing symptoms.  Interns facilitate and co-facilitate groups with Advanced Care Level Psychologists.  Interns will also have the opportunity to provide individual treatment to individuals with serious mental illness. Interns are provided training and supervision in providing a supportive group environment, managing group dynamics, and utilizing process commentary to highlight communication styles and improve social skills. Interns facilitate psychoeducational groups utilizing manualized group protocols.  Group therapy topics include rational thinking, criminal lifestyles, living with others, lifestyle balance, and recovery maintenance.

Drug Abuse Program Rotation

This rotation will be shared between FDC Philadelphia and FCI Ft. Dix.  Interns will spend up to 40 percent of their time at FCI Ft. Dix.

Interns will work closely with the Drug Abuse Program Coordinator and the Drug Treatment Specialist to assess, treat, and manage inmates with substance abuse problems. Interns will learn to assess and differentiate substance withdrawal from other mental health conditions. Interns may observe clinical supervision of treatment specialists, participate in multidisciplinary meetings, organize group treatment schedules, and complete various documentation related to correctional management and treatment of individuals with Substance Use Disorders.  In addition to assessment for the Residential and Nonresidential Drug Abuse Programs, interns will have the opportunity to provide assessment and treatment for individuals receiving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders.  Services at FDC Philadelphia will focus on provision of services in the Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program.  At FCI Ft. Dix, the focus will be on providing services in the Modified Therapeutic Community of the Residential Drug Abuse Program. Interns facilitate and co-facilitate process groups and psychoeducational groups with the Drug Abuse Program Coordinator and treatment specialists. Interns are provided training and supervision in providing a supportive group environment, managing group dynamics, and utilizing process commentary to highlight communication styles and improve social skills.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision:
Research:
Administration:
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: http://www.bop.gov/jobs/students/psychology.jsp  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: 1
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