Mid Coast Psychology Internship Consortium (MCPIC)

Mid Coast Psychology Internship Consortium has three agencies that provide internships with stipends:

California Men's Colony - Inactive

Coalinga State Hospital - $36,000 Stipend

North Kern State Prison - Inactive

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

INTERNSHIP DETAILS:

CALIFORNIA MEN'S COLONY - Inactive

California Men’s Colony (CMC) houses approximately 7,000 minimum and medium security inmates. The institution has two physically separate facilities, designated as East and West Facilities. The West Facility houses minimum (Level I and II) security inmates in dormitory settings. The West Facility also contains a Level I camp program for fire suppression, conservation and other community service work. The East Facility houses medium (Level III) security inmates in the general population, as well as those with medical, psychiatric and behavioral concerns. The East Facility is divided into four quadrangles, two of which are designated for approximately 1500 inmates in various stages of the psychiatric treatment process, ranging from intake evaluation to 24 hour monitoring. The facility also has a fully licensed hospital that provides a full range of medical services for the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.

The internship program at California Men’s Colony focuses on providing an experience designed to help interns hone their clinical and diagnostic skills, as well as develop a professional identity. The underlying philosophy of the training program is that clinical practice within a correctional setting involves the same core clinical skills and knowledge base as professional practice in general. Interns will have the opportunity to refine their assessment, treatment and consulting skills while gaining clinical experience designed to leave them qualified to work in any number of employment settings, while at the same time emphasizing the specialty area of correctional psychology. Inmates receiving mental health services are treated in an outpatient setting and include both acute and chronic mental illness. Exposure to this population includes dealing with substance abuse issues, medication and treatment compliance issues, problems associated with Activities of Daily Living, and assessing for suicide and violence risk. A major goal of the program is to help interns gain the ability to integrate multiple sets of data into a case conceptualization or formulation. Interns will also have the opportunity to gain training and experience in differential diagnosis, chronic mental illness, working with patients from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds, psychopathy, and malingering of psychopathology. In addition, they will learn about mental illness associated with criminal behavior, and the subsequent legal and ethical issues that ensue. Supervision is provided by multiple supervisors and from multiple modalities, including Psychodynamic, CBT, and DBT.

Major Rotations: The internship year is divided into three, 4-month rotations: Treatment (EOP); Combination Rotation; and, Psychological Testing. Rotation schedules will be decided at the beginning of the internship year by the Training Director based on the intern’s past experiences and current needs.

Treatment Rotation(EOP): Interns will conduct outpatient services for the Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP). These services include individual therapy (long and short term), and group therapy, as well as participating in weekly Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams (IDTT). Interns will conduct intake evaluations of newly arriving inmates to the Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS), formulate and implement treatment plans and learn basic case management techniques.

1. - Combination Rotation: This rotation consists of two separate mini-rotations, each lasting approximately 2 months. The order may vary, given an intern’s past rotation experience, and will consist of being exposed to the Correctional Clinical Case Management System (CCCMS) and Developmental Disability Program (DDP).

2. - CCCMS Mini-Rotation – This rotation is designed to expose interns to the differences between the CCCMS and EOP (Enhanced Outpatient Program) levels of care. Interns will carry a caseload of approximately 6 CCCMS inmate-patients and complete evaluations specific for the CCCMS population. They will attend CCCMS IDTTs as necessary and may observe groups conducted with this population as available. Interns will also be expected to complete 1-2 general psychological testing batteries during this mini-rotation.

Developmental Disability Mini-Rotation – This rotation is designed to expose interns in more detail to the Clark lawsuit and remediation plan within CDCR. Interns will carry a caseload of approximately 3 inmate-patients with the focus being on experiencing the differences between brain trauma, developmental disabilities and dementia. Interns will also complete approximately four Clark interviews to assess an inmate-patient’s needs for adaptive support and appropriate level of DDP care as well as other evaluations specific to the DDP population. They will attend EOP IDTTs as necessary and co-lead a group specific to the DDP program.

3. - Psychological Testing Rotation: This rotation will focus on giving interns the opportunity to refine their testing skills, including report writing and test data integration. There will also be the chance to learn new tests as well. Psychological testing includes: clinical interviewing , performing mental status examinations, and exposure to specific tests, including the WAIS-III, WASI, TONI-III, GAMA, MMPI-2, MCMI-III, PAI, Rorschach, Bender Gestalt, figure drawings, NCSE, RBMT, SIRS, M-FAST, PCL-R and other Risk Assessment instruments. Interns are required to complete a minimum of 10 batteries over the course of the internship year, with 5 batteries completed during the rotation.

Year-Round Duties: Interns are expected to provide direct clinical services on a year-round basis for a minimum of 2 groups and 5 long-term individual therapy patients. One group is pre-selected for the interns and is a core component of CMC’s multicultural training. The other group is decided at the beginning of the year in conjunction with the intern and their training needs. The individual therapy patients are pre-screened by clinical supervisors and assigned at the beginning of the internship year. The individual therapy component is designed to be separate from the other rotations and the provision of case management. To that end, supervision for individual therapy is provided from a psychodynamic theoretical orientation and interns are expected to work from this theoretical perspective with their therapy patients. Additionally, supervision is provided, in part, “in vivo”, where supervisors listen to live sessions and then provide supervision immediately following the session.

Didactic Trainings: Didactic trainings are held every Friday at one of the MCPIC facilities and last approximately 3 hours. Additionally, one Friday training is usually held in Fresno and is an all-day event. These monthly trainings are on a variety of topics and geared as workshops for mental health professionals who pay to attend. However, due to special arrangements with the Fresno campus of Alliant International University, our interns attend for free. Please note these trainings are not optional; they are required as part of the internship year. As such, this training time is counted as part of your hours for internship.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE HOSPITAL – COALINGA

3 Full Time Funded Positions Available

The Department of State Hospitals – Coalinga (DSH-C) specializes in the treatment of Sexually Violent Predators (WIC 6600), Mentally Disordered Offenders (PC 2972), and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Mentally Ill Prisoners (PC 2684). DSH-C currently houses approximately 1041 patients with 83.7% being Sexually Violent Predators (SVP), 11.5% being Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDO), and 4.8% being Mentally Ill Prisoners (MIP). The facility includes 32 living units, a psychological assessment center, a medical clinic, treatment and education group areas, arts and crafts workshops, a music center, a graphic arts center, computer labs, and a patient library.

Interns will be part of multidisciplinary treatment teams, facilitate cognitive-behavioral groups, provide individual therapy, complete intake tasks for new admissions, and conduct a variety of assessments.

The Clinical Psychology Internship Program provides interns with training that focuses on development of clinical, diagnostic, and assessments skills that can be generalized into any future employment setting, while also providing training in a forensic setting. Experiences are also provided in the areas of consultation and professional development to assist the intern in becoming a professional within the field of psychology.

The internship year is divided into three, four-month rotations: Admissions, Assessment, and Mentally Disordered Offender (MDO). The rotation schedules will be determined at the beginning of the year and will be based on the intern’s past experiences and their current needs.

1. Admissions Rotation (WIC 6600) – Interns will complete intake assessments (Admissions Psychological Assessment, Suicide Risk Assessment, Diagnostic Formulations, Psychology sections of the patient’s Treatment Plan), observe Treatment Plan Conferences with the goal of being able to run a conference as the team lead, and updating Treatment Plans as necessary.

2. Assessment Rotation– Interns will further develop their test administration skills, clinical interviewing and test feedback skills, diagnostic skills, report writing/test integration skills, and consultation skills with Treatment Team members. Interns will also have the opportunity to be exposed to new testing instruments. Interns will be required to complete a minimum of 6 assessments during this rotation.

3. MDO Rotation (PC 2972) – Interns will complete intake assessments, act as the team Psychologist for a small caseload of patients, update Treatment Plans, attend shift change meetings, consult with unit staff, co-facilitate groups for this program, and provide short-term individual therapy as clinically warranted.

In addition to the three rotations, interns will have duties that span the duration of their internship.

1. Individual Therapy – Interns will provide therapy for one year to a minimum of 3 patients. All individual therapy clients will be referred by their Treatment Team and screened by a member of the Internship Committee.

2. Group Therapy – Interns will be assigned to a Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) group for the duration of the internship year and will co-facilitate additional groups that will be assigned based on their past experiences and current needs.

3. Supervision – Interns will be required to attend two hours of group supervision, one hour of individual supervision with their rotation supervisor, and one hour of individual supervision with their primary supervisor.

4. Training – Interns will attend training sessions every Friday. One Friday a month, the training will be held by GSPIA in Fresno (full day). All other Friday trainings will occur at Alliant International University-Fresno with the Central California Psychology Internship Consortium. Interns will be provided a calendar at the beginning of the internship year that will be updated frequently. In addition to consortium trainings, DSH-C will offer site specific trainings during the course of the year.

Special Requirements of Applicants:

Applicants must have training and experience in Psychological Testing/Assessment. They must have experience in diagnosis and clinical interviewing. It is preferable that applicants have prior forensic experience and be able to demonstrate appropriate boundaries working in this therapeutic environment. Applicants must be able to pass a DOJ/FBI background check, state employment physical, and drug screen. All offers of internship are contingent upon the successful completion of the pre-employment screenings.

All applicants must submit an original state application to be considered for an interview.

The state application can be found at: http://jobs.ca.gov/Profile/StateApplication

State applications must be mailed to:

Personnel Department

Coalinga State Hospital
P.O. Box 5000
Coalinga, CA 93210

Stipend

The stipend for the internship program is approximately $36,000. Health insurance, vision/dental coverage, vacation/sick time are also provided.

Staff:

Catherine Sanchez, Psy.D.

Janet L. Kasdorf, Ph.D.

Doriann Hughes, Psy.D.

Michael Manbeck, Psy.D.

Maria Piccillo, Psy.D.

David Mwangi, Psy.D.

Jyana Wechsler, Psy.D.

Scott Van de Putte, Ph.D.

NORTH KERN STATE PRISON- Inactive

North Kern State Prison (NKSP) houses approximately 5,500 male inmates whose custody levels range from minimum to maximum security. The majority of the facility functions as a reception center where inmates from county jail are processed during the course of approximately six months then sent to a permanent facility to finish their terms. The facility also houses 175 mainline, permanent, medium security inmates whose incarceration times vary from months to life; as well as a Level I, minimum custody unit housing approximately 200 inmates. Being that the institution is primarily a reception center; inmates vary greatly in their crimes, level of mental health functioning, medical problems and in their adjustment to prison.

North Kern State Prison houses approximately 900+ inmates whose level of care requiring minimal - moderate mental health intervention, however, we provide individual, brief and long term, and group therapy to those who need or request the services. In addition, NKSP has an Enhanced Outpatient program, consisting of approximately 80 inmates, for those inmates who require more intensive supervision by mental health staff, and more frequent mental health services. These inmates are provided a minimum of five hours of group therapy a week and one hour of individual therapy a week. The facility also has a fully licensed Mental Health Crisis hospital which houses the suicidal, homicidal and gravely disabled inmates for up to 10 days, as well.

The internship program at North Kern State Prison focuses on providing an experience designed to help interns hone their clinical and diagnostic skills, as well as develop a professional identity. Interns will gain clinical and assessment/testing experience with inmates who suffer from mild to severe mental illness in an outpatient setting. Interns would have access to the broad range of psychological illness, at different levels of severity/acuteness. They will initiate and run individual and group therapy with both mild and more severely mentally ill inmates. They will also psychologically evaluate inmates with interesting and complex referral questions. Exposure to this population includes dealing with substance abuse issues, medication and treatment compliance issues, problems associated with Activities of Daily Living, and assessing suicide and violence risk. A major goal of the program is to help interns gain the ability to integrate multiple sets of data into a case conceptualization or formulation. Interns will also have the opportunity to gain training and experience in differential diagnosis, chronic mental illness, working with patients from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds, psychopathy, and malingering of psychopathology. In addition, they will learn about how mental illness associated with criminal behavior, and the subsequent legal and ethical issues that ensue.

Major rotations:

Diagnostic Rotation (4 months): These services include conducting mental health evaluations for any individual entering the prison system. In addition, interns will evaluate referrals to the mental health program for diagnostic and placement purposes. Interns will also carry a caseload of up to 6 inmates with whom they will conduct individual therapy.

Enhanced Outpatient Program (4 months): These services include individual therapy (short term), group therapy, crisis intervention, and psychological testing, as well as participating in Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams.

Elective Rotation (4 months): These services include individual therapy, group therapy and assessment within a chosen population. Options include administrative segregation, or working with the developmentally delayed.

Assessment Rotation (12 months): The assessment rotation is year long, and will include evaluations referred by mental health staff, possible court ordered evaluations, neuropsychological and forensic evaluations.

Mainline Rotation (12 months): This rotation is year long in order to provide the opportunity for long term individual and group therapy. Interns will provide one long term group as well as several short term groups with this population. Interns will also provide individual therapy to 1-2 inmates for the duration of their internship.

Supervision

Interns will be provided a minimum of 4 hours of supervision weekly. Weekly Individual Supervision includes one hour of supervision with their Primary Supervisor (Training Director), and One hour of supervision with their Delegated Supervisor. Group Supervision includes One hour regarding treatment issues, current trends/topics in psychology, and One hour regarding group psychotherapy. In addition, various hours of group supervision will be provided throughout the year with the Training Director and the Assessment Supervisor. In addition to supervision, multiple on-site trainings will be provided.

Special Requirements of Applicant:

A Master’s Degree is required. Applicants must have prior training and/or courses in Assessment/Psychological Testing, as well as clinical interviewing experience. It is preferable, but not necessary, for the applicant to have had some exposure to forensic/correctional psychology. The qualified applicant should be open to understanding this unique population and also must have a good sense of self and the ability to maintain appropriate boundaries in therapeutic and supervisory situations.

Didactic Trainings: Didactic trainings are held every Friday at one of the MCPIC facilities and last approximately 3 hours. Additionally, one Friday training is usually held in Fresno and is an all-day event. These monthly trainings are on a variety of topics and geared as workshops for mental health professionals who pay to attend. However, due to special arrangements with the Fresno campus of Alliant International University, our interns attend for free. Please note these trainings are not optional; they are required as part of the internship year. As such, this training time is counted as part of your hours for internship.

Major Goals of the Training Experience:

The main goal is to allow the interns to develop into professionals prepared to work in a forensic setting. By the end of the internship they will be able to diagnose, develop treatment plans, administer, score and interpret psychological evaluations, and treat mild to severely mentally ill inmates in individual and group settings with minimal supervision. We would like the interns to develop professionally, emotionally, and intellectually while at North Kern State Prison.