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Western State Hospital Internship Program

Overview

The internship year is September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, during which interns are expected to complete three, four-month rotations. Rotation sites at Western State Hospital include:

  • The Center for Forensic Services (Inpatient and/or Community)
  • Child Study and Treatment Center
  • Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery Center (PTRC)
  • Special Commitment Center (required rotation)

The rotation selection is intended to balance individual intern interests and training needs. Opportunities may be available for year-long provision of supervised individual and group psychotherapy.

The internship program follows a practitioner-scholar model. Interns participate in a theoretical and professional issues seminar series and in a 12-session series addressing criminal forensic psychology issues. This latter series is presented by the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Training and Research.

More information about the Pre-Doctoral Internship can be found in our Internship Brochure.


Applications

All applications must be submitted to the Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers  (APPIC) online. Applications should include:

1) AAPI application form;
2) Your current Curriculum Vitae;
3) Your graduate transcript;
4) Three letters of reference; and
5) One psychological evaluation.


Important Dates

WSH participates in the APPIC match program. For important dates regarding the match, please visit the APPIC website.

WSH Application Deadline: November 14, 2014

Interview Notification Date:  December 5, 2014

WSH Open House: January 14, 2015



The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training sponsors a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology (as well as psychiatry) in conjunction with WSH and the University of Washington Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This is a one-year fellowship.

For more information, please visit the Washington Institute.

WSH and the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training sponsor a weekly seminar in forensic psychology. This seminar is a 36-week series, divided into three main topics:

The seminar is free and open to the public. It takes place on the WSH campus in the auditorium on Fridays from 1-4pm (map).

For additional information, please contact Barry Ward, Psy.D. 253-756-2804.

Information regarding psychology training opportunities for graduate students. Openings are available for practicum students seeking volunteer activities, such as assessment, therapy or research.  Formal practicum experience may be pursued by graduate students,

In addition to unpaid experiences, the hospital offers two training experiences that provide payment to students. In cooperation with the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island and the Child Study and Treatment Center, the hospital offers an American Psychiatric Association-accredited pre-doctoral internship program. Four pre-doctoral interns are selected annually. The hospital also provides in cooperation with the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training, a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology. One post-doctoral fellow is selected annually.