Psychology Internship Program
Fulton State Hospital (FSH) sponsors an exciting, challenging, and varied doctoral psychology internship. We are very proud of our training program and believe that we offer a variety of unique clinical training opportunities that will supplement your current training and provide a foundation for your future training and professional aspirations. We attempt to create an atmosphere for interns that will enhance personal and professional growth through a series of clinical rotations, didactic offerings, and opportunities for participation in special projects.
The discipline of psychology holds central importance at FSH. In fact, psychologists hold key administrative positions (i.e., CEO, Director of Treatment Services) and clinical roles (i.e., program coordinator, treatment team leader) that drive treatment throughout the hospital. FSH also has a program-based supervisory hierarchy wherein program supervisors have direct line authority for all clinical and direct care staff assigned to a program, which helps to ensure a high degree of fidelity to the various treatment models. Psychology interns are warmly welcomed into this pro-psychology atmosphere, and are valued contributors to our multidisciplinary treatment teams who provide frequent consultation regarding the professional psychology services they provide.
At FSH, we offer two internship programs, General Treatment (program code 178311) and Forensic Evaluation (program code 178312). Each program is organized in two, six-month major rotations with two, six-month minor rotations (i.e., Program Evaluation and Psychological Assessment).
For the General Treatment program, interns receive training in innovative, evidenced-based treatment and best practices within nationally recognized treatment programs targeting specific populations. Offered programs involve individuals with 1) intellectual/developmental disabilities, 2) severe mood and behavioral dysregulation (New Outlook Program for Behavior & Mood Self-Management), 3) moderate and long-term mental disorders with resultant symptoms and behavior challenges (Program for Recovery & Self-Motivation), 4) illegal/inappropriate sexual behaviors (Sex Offender Treatment Services), 5) civilly committed Sexually Violent Predators (Sex Offender Rehabilitation & Treatment Services), and 6) serious mental illness resulting in significant functional impairment (Social Learning Program).
For the Forensic Evaluation program, interns gain exposure to the Legal System and the interaction between the Courts and the mental health system, develop an advanced understanding of DSM diagnoses, and gain experience with both structured and unstructured psychological assessments within a forensic context (i.e., malingering, neuropsychological screening, intellectual functioning, etc.). Interns are exposed to various Court-ordered evaluations (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, etc.). These activities make up one six-month major rotation. For the other six-month major rotation, the intern will be assigned to a treatment program of their choosing (1-6 as described above) for further clinical experience. In addition, during the Psychological Assessment six-month minor rotation, interns will continue to gain experience with structured and unstructured psychological assessments and testing within a forensic context.
In addition, throughout the year, all interns will participate in a weekly seminar series covering a wide range of relevant topics, and in weekly program evaluation/research meetings with the hospitalís research team. Interns receive real world experiences in ongoing program improvement processes to enhance client service delivery. Interns have access to FSHís extensive databases, which are used to inform clinical decision-making processes throughout the hospital. Many of the hospitalís investigations, which interns have participated in, have been presented at professional conferences and are published in refereed journals (see Scholarly Contributions).
FSH takes very seriously its commitment to diversity. Effort is made to recruit interns from diverse ethnic, racial, and personal backgrounds. As part of the internship year, interns participate and are valued members of the hospitalís Cultural Competence Council.
Lastly, a strong relationship exists between FSH and the University of Missouri departments of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, and Counseling Psychology. Not only do students from these programs receive training at FSH, including participation in collaborative research projects, but several staff psychologists have adjunct appointments in those departments. As part of its educational mission, FSH also serves as a clinical training site for students of other professions including psychiatry residents and fellows, music, occupational, and recreational therapists, pharmacy students, and social work interns.
For additional information, please contact Ericia L. Kempker, Psy.D., Director of Training email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in our doctoral psychology internship program.