Fulton State Hospital (FSH) sponsors an exciting, challenging, and varied doctoral psychology internship. We are very proud of our training program and believe that it offers a variety of unique clinical opportunities that will supplement your current training and provide a foundation for your future 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 tracks, General Treatment (program code 178311) and Forensic Evaluation (program code 178312). Each program is organized into two, six-month major rotations and two, year-long minor rotations (i.e., Program Evaluation and Psychological Assessment).

 In the General Treatment track, 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) severe mood & behavioral dysregulation (New Outlook Program for Behavior and Mood Self-Management), 2) moderate & long-term mental disorders with resultant symptoms & behavior challenges (Recovery & Self-Motivation), 3) those who have been civilly committed as Sexually Violent Predators (Sex Offender Rehabilitation & Treatment Services), and 4) serious mental illnesses resulting in significant functional impairment (Social Learning Program).

For the Forensic Evaluation track, 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 (e. g., malingering, neuropsychological screening, intelligence, etc.). Interns are exposed to various Court-ordered evaluations including, but not limited to competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk assessments, and sexually violent predator evaluations. This program also involves a six-month major rotation in a treatment program (1-5 described above).

Throughout the year, all interns will also participate in a weekly seminar series covering a wide range of relevant topics. They will also participate in the hospital’s research team for the required Program Evaluation minor. During this rotation, interns will receive real-world experiences in ongoing program improvement processes throughout the hospital to enhance client service delivery. FSH has extensive databases used to inform clinical decision-making process throughout the hospital. Many of these investigations, which interns have participated in, have been presented at professional conferences and published in refereed journals (see Scholarly Contributions).Finally, interns will also gain experience in various types of psychological assessments during the required Psychological Assessment minor.

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 hospital’s 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 Jessica A. Sergio, PhD., Internship Training Director.