Department : Mental Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2584
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Wexford Health Sources at Joliet Treatment Center
Department: Mental Health
Address: 2848 McDonough St.
Joliet, Illinois 60431
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 224-205-0755
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: Kimberly Briney
Chief Psychologist: Kimberly Briney
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/11/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 57200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Given the dynamic of the Joliet Treatment Center, no day looks the same. An example of a typical day would include: Morning huddle meeting, treament team meetiing with residents, facilitating a group, individual therapy with clients on caseload periodic crisis assessments and psychological assessment lunch break, documentation time (Notes, treatment plans, assessments, incident reports), and supervision (group, individual, or didactic. A minimum of six hours of supervision and training opportunities are incorporated into each work week.
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: 12/30/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 01/09/2023
Tentative interview date: Various Date Available
Interview process description:

Individual interviews will take place via WebEx.  Video or phone interview is permitable, but video is preferred.  In person interviews can be arranged by request, but require early receipt of application to ensure entry into the correctional facility.  There will be one interview with a  small panel.  Requests to meet with specific staff will be accomodated based on staff availability.  

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: None. New training site with enhance supervision and training.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
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: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: Yes, by start of internship
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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: Must pass a background check and abide by Illinois Department of Corrections policies, as well as Wexford Health Sources, Inc. company policies.
Other Requirements: Must pass a background check and drug screening. Covid vaccine required unless the candidate has an approved medical or religious exemption.
Program Description

Thank you for considering Wexford Health Sources, Inc. (WHS) in your pursuit to achieve experience and training working with a diverse and underserved population in a correctional setting.  WHS is a for-profit corporation that has a long-term contract to provide the mental health, medical, dental, and pharmacy services for all 30 Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) prisons, providing services to 28,000 individuals in custody.  Services are provided in accordance with American Correctional Association (ACA) and National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards, as well as in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement set forth by the Federal Court in the 2016 Rasho et al. vs IDOC agreement to provide quality mental health care.  Mental health policies and procedures were updated with a focus on suicide prevention and mental health treatment for seriously mentally ill residents.  Continuous quality improvement and audits ensure high quantity and quality of mental health care in IDOC.  WHS proudly operates a diverse mental health training program for interns in clinical psychology.  Continuous education, training, self-care, and safety are emphasized for all staff and trainees.  WHS mental health department focuses on the physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals in custody and staff. 

The mental health program offers a range of services, including:  Comprehensive mental health evaluations, treatment planning, individual and group therapy, re-entry planning, referrals for hospitalization, psychiatric care, multidisciplinary coordination of care, and linkage referrals for aftercare.  Evidence-based techniques are utilized including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based approaches.

The JTC serves both male and transgender individuals in custody ages 18 and older who are convicted of felony offenses and sentenced to a determined amount of time in a state prison, with most individuals in custody serving between a five to ten-year sentence.  There is opportunity to work with a wide range of ages, including youthful offenders and geriatric offenders.  Individuals in custody present with a broad range of psychopathology.  Individuals in custody receiving mental health treatment are most commonly diagnosed with substance abuse disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders including PTSD, and characterological issues with Antisocial-Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder being prevalent.  Individuals in custody are predominantly persons of color from low socioeconomic backgrounds.  There is diversity in terms of religion, culture, sexual orientation, and gender identity, offering a wide range of experience for interns.

The WHS internship in clinical psychology at the Joliet Treatment Center (JTC) within IDOC emphasizes assessment, treatment planning, and crisis intervention, while evaluating for suicide risk and secondary gain, as well as therapeutic intervention.  Graduates of the internship program will be well prepared to work independently in correctional, forensic, community mental health, psychiatric hospital, private practice, and trauma-focused employment.  A focus of the program is to create a safe environment of learning and growth in a challenging environment.  We require open discussion, processing, and consultation of challenging cases and experiences that interns face as they grow into their roles as autonomous practitioners.  Our training philosophy emphasizes collaboration and development of skills within a multidisciplinary team.  Interns collaborate regularly with psychiatric providers, clinical counselors, field services staff, medical staff, and custody staff. 

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications:
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 (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 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 0 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 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 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