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A Manual on the Forensic Psychology Graduate Internship (FPGI) program at the Nasarawa State Univeresity (NSUK) , Keffi, Nasarawa, Nigeria

John Egbeazien Oshodiunconfirmed user (Psychology, Lynn University)

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Abstract
This manual seeks to guide the Nasarawa State Univeresity (NSUK) Forensic Psychology Graduate Internship (FPGI) program on ways to involve forensic psychology graduate students in gaining professionals’ first-hand experiences. It provides them practical opportunities in clinical, scientific research, and real world environment. The manual will show how the mentorship of interns the student will be developed and it will provide the framework for the direct transfer of practical and clinical experience to interns. The clinical and research reports produced by the interns at the end of the internship will be adapted for presentation to their faculty for the award of master’s degrees.

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NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY

FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING MANUAL

 

PREPARED BY

JOHN EGBEAZIEN OSHODI, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

 

August 14, 2013

 

Department of Psychology

Nasarawa State University

Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

                                                             

 

 

Introduction

Welcome to the Nasarawa State University (NSUK) Department of Psychology, a progressive and diverse institution that offers graduate, internship, and postgraduate training programs in Forensic and Clinical Psychology. You will find complete information on this website if you plan to apply for admission to one of the Nasarawa State Univeresity (NSUK) Forensic Psychology Graduate Internship (FPGI) program pronounced as FP, Abuja. P.O.BOX 10546, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

E-mail:              Info@nigpsychass.com         

Telephone: 09-8726138).

The Nasarawa State Univeresity (NSUK) Forensic Psychology Graduate Internship   program seeks to involve forensic psychology graduate students would be professionals’ first-hand experiences by providing practical opportunities in clinical, scientific research, and real world environment. The NSUK program offers M. SC and Ph.D. in Forensic and Clinical Psychology and the NSUK FPGI program, which is committed to a scientist-practitioner model, and is distinguished in professional and ethical ways from other programs.

Under the mentorship of interns the student will develop their knowledge, clinical and problem-solving skills. FPGI will provide the framework for the direct transfer of practical and clinical experience to interns. The clinical and research reports produced by the interns at the end of the internship will be adapted for presentation to their faculty for the award of master’s degrees.

The Nasarawa State Univeresity (NSUK) Forensic Psychology Graduate Internship program (FPGI) is designed to give Nasarawa State university psychology students challenging work assignments, developmental feedback, and exposure to leadership in the field. In general, to become a forensic psychologist, one must complete a doctoral-level degree, one of the requirements of which is a yearlong clinical internship. The clinical internship is a requirement for those interested in becoming clinical forensic psychologists who work directly with offenders, conducting evaluations or providing intervention services.

            In matter-of-fact terms, our integration of science and practice takes multiple forms.  Building upon their master’s-program learning, interns receive experientially-based training in clinical-based treatment programs and evidence-based assessment approaches as well as informal methods of clinical inquiry. We emphasize using objective assessment data from various sources to inform individual treatment planning, assess client results, and to modify and improve interventions at the individual and programmatic level.

 

 

We view the internship year within the overall context of graduate psychological training and emphasize professional growth and development.  Building upon interns' prior learning, we facilitate their transition from the role of student to that of professional forensic psychologist.  An initial, collaborative assessment between supervisor and intern regarding intern strengths, weaknesses, existing knowledge/skill base, specific training needs, and areas of professional interest leads to the development of an individualized training plan, which helps tailor the specific content of training experiences within and throughout the year.  Assessment of intern competencies and progress is ongoing throughout the year.  All training experiences are planned and coordinated such that as interns demonstrate increased competency they are given increased autonomy in professional service delivery and assigned increasingly complex learning tasks.  Thus, our training approach is sequential, cumulative, and graded in involvedness(American Psychological Association, 2013; Otto & Heilbrun,2002).

 

 

In our view, mental health client population is underserved, (2) professional psychology is underutilized with regard to treatment design and implementation for this population in various legal related environments, and (3) more training opportunities with this emphasis are needed.  We are committed to preparing psychologists for ethical practice in general, with a particular emphasis on ethical practice in a forensic setting.  In that clinical practice in this setting necessitates frequent attention to legal and ethical matters related to preserving clients' rights, freedoms, and autonomy as much as possible in the context of safeguarding individual and public safety.

Ensuring multi-cultural and ethnic competence and respect for diversity and tribal differences is a priority to NSUK in general and to the Psychology Internship in specific. The Internship Program’s Strategic Plan contains an objective to assure cultural competence and advocate for zero tolerance for any tribal-oriented behavior toward staff or clients. The internship adheres to NSUK policies and NPA guidelines of forensic mental health services regulations that prohibit corruption in employment and sexual and other harassments. Further, the internship is committed to providing an environment that fosters a growing appreciation for the learning opportunities provided by diversity among interns, faculty, staff, and clients.

The duration of our internship program spans a period of six to twelve months, and combines hands-on experience with formal performance and clinical feedback to help interns transition from a university environment to society. The NSUK Forensic Psychology graduate Internship Program (FPGI) is open to graduate students with various focus and interest in the area of forensic psychology.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission Statement of FPGI is as follows:

We partner with public and private organizations  and centers  who are involved in forensic  mental health related services and research with the goal of helping consumers of mental health services reclaim their lives and make advancement toward the community, by offering them treatment and rehabilitation in a way consistent with both individual and public safety.

Consistent with this mission our model for preparing future psychologists is based on four key values.  These include our:  (1) theoretical model regarding the relationship between science and practice, (2) developmental, individualized approach to clinical preparation (3) commitment to preparing future forensic psychologists to provide services to the mentally ill, and (4) commitment to preparing future forensic psychologists for ethical practice.

The integration of psychological science and practice is central to the FPGI model.  We conceptualize science and practice as harmonizing and mutually dependent such that psychological science informs practice and scientific inquiry is guided by professional practice.  As a valuable and future forensic psychologist from NSUK’s psychology department interns will receive many benefits including:

Inspiring work assignments

Exposure to a forensic mental health services

 Progressive feedback

Opportunities to network with professionals and other interns

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

Current NSUK Psychology Graduate student in M.SC Forensic Psychology program must be registered as a full-time student and have successfully completed one year course work—first and second semester

 Must have an advanced to fluent level of English language

Ability to work in a multi tribal and ethnic, changing environment

 Demonstrated team player skills

Self-possessed and self-starter who has proven drive

Excellent learning skills, ability to independently prioritize multiple tasks and participate with effectiveness

 Demonstrated professional ability

High performer with a passion to achieve positive clinical results

Curiosity and yearning to learn and expand skill set

Flexible, adaptable, and open to change

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION:

Applicant eligibility students in NPA recognized graduate programs in forensic or clinical psychology, who have completed their institution’s academic coursework, passed their comprehensive or qualifying exam, completed a minimum of applicable intervention and assessment hours of clinical or counseling practical, and have been approved by their graduate and internship training coordinator, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be current and active students, or eligible to work in Nigeria.

Complete applications should include Curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a cover letter specifically explaining your clinical interests.

All application materials must be received in the Training Coordinator’s office by June 2nd of the year.  (Please make a note of this with your application materials).

Send all materials to:

Nasarawa State University

Department of  Psychology

Internship Office.

Keffi, Nasarawa State.

 

Applicants will be notified of their interview status via email by July 8th.

Selection Process:

All applications will be reviewed by FPGI committee.  Offers for admission are contingent on the signing an affidavit in regard to abiding to good behavior, no drug/alcohol issues and passing a background check.

 Applicants matched with this FPGI will be notified of acceptance by the Coordinator.

 

INTERNSHIP SITES:

This internship site agrees to abide by the FPGI policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any clinical -related information from any intern applicant.

INTERN EXPECTATIONS:

Interns are expected to be familiar with and comply with all Federal, State and local government laws and rules.

The intern will become familiar with the Site’s mission statement, will abide by its Code of Conduct and be willing to take its Oath of Allegiance (if any). They also must adhere to the Nigeria Psychological Association, Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

at all times.

Application Closing Date:

June, 2013

METHOD OF APPLICATION:

To apply, you must meet all eligibility criteria as set out by the office of the forensic psychology graduate internship committee. If you are eligible, then you must register for this scheme the designated office.

Eligible students will be placed as interns in reputable public/private sector which include but not limited to the court, police, corrections, or other justice and public safety organizations to enhance building the intern’s competence.

EXPECTED BENEFITS TO INTERNS:

Provide interns with skills and information required to enter into psychology work.

 Personal empowered to prepare to work for themselves and society.

Acquiring clinical skills and opportunity to sharpen their abilities and enhance employability.

Acquire opportunities to build new networks and professional contacts.

All successful applicants may enjoy a monthly stipend of N15,000 from the university, irrespective of the  location in Nigeria where he/she is doing the internship.

Interns will gain working experience and enhance their post-internship employability in the field of professional psychology.

TRAINING EXPERIENCES:

The internship period is divided into 4 rotations, including:

•Diagnostic (mild to problematic psychopathology levels)

•Group Treatment (mild to problematic psychopathology levels)

•Crisis Management/Inpatient Treatment

There will be year long involvement and trainings in the following:

•Psychological Testing/Assessment rotation in which interns will complete up to 4 full psycho diagnostic assessment batteries.

•Individual Treatment (mild to problematic psychopathology levels) with a caseload of up to 7 to 10 clients.

Interns will provide direct services during all rotations with emphases as indicated.

Direct services include short and long term individual therapy, group therapy, case management, completion of intakes on new clients, crisis intervention, assessing suicide and violence risk, and psychological testing. 

Interns will also participate in:

•Three hour weekly Clinical/Forensic Didactic Trainings

•Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams

•Periodic Mental Health Site’s Meetings

•Various Team Meetings

Three primary training goals form a unifying basis for the FPGI. Graduates will

•Be prepared to enter into the professional practice of psychology.

•Be skilled in the interface among the science, theory, and practice of professional psychology.

•Be aware of and sensitive to individual differences and ethnic diversity within areas of professional practice and scholarly inquiry.

By the end of the internship year:

The intern is expected to demonstrate competence in a variety of assessment techniques and report writing.

 The intern is expected to learn from a combination of didactics, direct supervision and clinical experience.

The intern should demonstrate understanding of different aspects of assessment in a diverse environment.

The intern is expected to show skills to write independent reports that are ready for placement in the clinical record.

The assessment rotation is a required, six months to one year internship interns will receive approximately one day per week supervision during which to complete four psychological assessments during a six month period.  These assessments will cover a variety of domains, including the following:

•Cognitive assessment

•Personality assessment

•Diagnostic assessment

•Risk assessment/malingering/Sex offender evaluation

•Functional behavior assessment in forensic and legal settings

In order to ensure competency in a number of areas, interns are expected to cover at least 3 of these 6 domains across the 5 assessment reports.  Additionally, 2 of the assessments should involve testing in more than one domain in order to address more complex and integrative client needs.

The Nasarawa State University Forensic Psychology concentration embraces the Department of Psychology's and the Clinical Training Program's goal of developing scientist-practitioners who can apply learning and intervention skills to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of human behavioral problems.

The training model emphasizes core knowledge in the social, cognitive, developmental, and biological domains of behavior as well as the methodological foundations necessary to clinical and scientific advancement.

All clinical students take core courses in assessment and intervention as well as supervised practicum. Coursework, basic practicum, and research requirements are usually completed in one to two years, followed by a required six month to one-year clinical internship.

The Department of Psychology has a solid history of research and outreach activities that address issues of public policy, especially in the areas of children, mental health, violence, and offenders. The NSUK Forensic Psychology concentration prepares masters and doctoral levels psychologists for productive careers as lecturers, researchers, and clinicians’ mental health, corrections and forensic psychology.

The Forensic Psychology concentration provides a focused experience for the individual interested in the study of psychology in forensic (court), corrections, police, security and public safety settings.

All students in the forensic psychology concentration are trained foremost to be clinicians and researchers through the general clinical curriculum. This knowledge is supplemented with the forensic psychology courses including: Ethical Psychology/legal Seminars; Correctional Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Criminal Forensic Assessment; Police Psychology; Practicum in a legal setting; and other special topics.

Interns will attend seminars in the Assessment of Competencies; Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Treatment; Victims and Offenders; Custody Decisions; Consultation in Forensic Settings; and Psychology and Law as portrayed in the real life. The seminar utilizes student presentations, faculty presentations, guest speakers, and discussions.

Placements in adult correctional institutions and remand homes are available. Opportunities also exist for working with pretrial offenders in detentions and within other legal settings.

FIELD PLACEMENT AND PRACTICE:

Success in any field — and particularly in the world of forensics — requires solid field experience that supports the development of fundamental skills and competencies. To prepare our students for their future roles as professional psychologists, the NSUK Psychology department facilitates experiential and clinical education in the form of practical and internships.

This manual has been prepared to set forth guidelines and procedures for the Forensic Psychology students, local training agencies/sites, and field training coordinators/liaisons.

Further coverage of the entire training:

Clinical experiences that enhance the student’s ability to function as a future professional psychologist; and, clinical training that develop attitudes and skills for ongoing critical self-evaluation as a basis for professional development.

All students, faculty, training coordinator, and supervisors are expected to comply with the NPA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

The Internship and placement office is directed by the Coordinator of internship and training program who reports to the Psychology Head of Department of the NSUK. The Coordinator is responsible for the operation and development of practicum placements and the pre-master’s internship program.

Other duties include:

• Provide groundwork support system to maximize the potential for Nasarawa State University Psychology students.

• Oversee and monitor the coordination of the internship process and procedures.

• Encourage and monitor the development of new practicum placements and internships and ensure that appropriate arrangements are made between Nasarawa State University and the agencies for effective training.

• Ensure that adequate liaison contact is maintained between the FPGI program and all internship and practicum agencies.

• Counsel students on internship choices.

• Ensure that all internships are consistent with federal, state and licensing requirements.

• Implement the internship placement selection system.

• Ensure completion of a training agreement between Nasarawa State University and each agency.

• Update all policies and procedures for the internship Training office.

• Review assessments, assign grades and credit, and discuss clinical progress and training goals with the student.

• Ensure that a yearly site visit of all practicum sites is completed.

• Meets with the internship training committee on a regular basis.

• Be available, as liaison, to respond throughout the academic year to any questions, concerns or problems raised by a site, student or supervisor.

• Advise and assist students in the development of their placements including counseling students in the selection of their placement sites.

• Plan, organize and conduct, annual seminars for students entering practicum and for students preparing to apply for FPGI.

• Attend national and state conferences such as the Nigeria Psychological Association, American Psychological Association), and other related conferences.

c. Students who are referred to their supervisor and/or FPGI committee will be protected by the following safeguards:

1. All information coming from the agency, or which originates in the FPGIP and is relevant to the referral, will be in writing and signed by the appropriate party.

2. Students will have the opportunity to respond to it orally and in writing prior to FPGI’s review of the situation. Material which comes to the FPGI subsequent to the referral will be transmitted to the student and FPGI as soon as possible.

STUDENT EVALUATIONS OF AGENCIES AND LIAISONS AT VARIOUS SITES.

All students will participate in the evaluation of their field placement agencies. It is expected that the evaluations will be completed honestly and conscientiously. This gives students the opportunity to provide constructive and effective feedback about the quality of training they received, and to furnish the FPGI program valuable insight as to the strengths and weaknesses of the affiliated agency. This in turn serves to strengthen the FPGI program by giving the FPGI program an opportunity to address issues or concerns raised in the evaluations.

Agencies and Sites do not receive copies of these evaluations. After review by the FPGI, these evaluations are placed in a separate file cabinet and maintained in the FPGI. Every effort is made to maintain confidentiality of these documents. Students may be called upon to supply specific details about the agency evaluation, and, if necessary, to meet with the liaison

The form used for student evaluation of the training sites contains a section in which they will be asked to evaluate the liaison assigned to their training agency. Student or agency complaints about the conduct or performance of any liaison will be made directly to the liaison and/or to the Coordinator.

All students are also expected to complete an evaluation of their field training supervisor. This gives students the opportunity to provide constructive and effective feedback about the quality and helpfulness of the advisement they receive. This evaluation is done anonymously and is reviewed by the FPGI committee and the Coordinator.

STUDENT’S FILES:

All Practicum, and Internship evaluations and related materials are kept in the student’s file in the FPGI office.

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND CONCERNS:

a. Communication by a student with any FPGI faculty or staff person regarding their field placement training is not regarded as confidential. However, faculty and staff will determine how to use the information, taking into consideration the welfare and training of the student as well as the needs of the profession, the public, and the School. Students are expected to participate in the discussion of how the information should be handled.

b. Similarly, in support of the collaborative relationship between field placements and the doctoral programs, the content of supervision may be communicated by the supervisor to the FPGI. Supervisors will use their discretion in making such disclosures, taking into account the sensitivity of the information to the student, the potential benefit to the student’s development, the agency’s policy, and the welfare of the public.

c. Students’ field placement evaluations are treated with the same safeguards for privacy as are course evaluations. They are available to FPGI staff, the student’s academic advisor, and Coordinator. The substance of field placement evaluations may be communicated to the Dean of the FPGI program and/or to other faculty or field supervisors if, in the judgment of the FPGI with respect to its contribution to the student’s training and evaluation. A field supervisor can request a copy of a student’s previous field training evaluation from the FPGI with the written permission of the student.

d. It is the policy of the FPGI program not to influence an agency’s selection process by prescreening applicants, or by providing supplemental information about an applicant’s qualifications.

Professional issues and concerns (cont’d) .

 

Dual Relationships

Students in field placements must not allow their status as interns to be compromised. They must avoid dual relationships, including those identified in the Ethical Principles of the Nigeria Psychological Association. Possible infractions will be closely evaluated and may result in removal from the placement and/or referral to the appropriate FPGI.

a. Students may not have worked within the previous year at any agency where they are placed for field training, nor may they hold such a position during the time they are in training there. Students who are unclear about their status as trainee or staff member should clarify this with their supervisors and with their liaison.

b. Students may not be supervised by:

1. Anyone to whom they are, or have been, a paid psychologist.

2. Their current or past psychotherapist.

3. Any one with whom they have, or have had in the past, business dealings outside the agency.

4. Anyone with whom they have, or have had, a sexual relationship or an emotional relationship of such intensity that it interferes with the supervisor’s objectivity or the student’s ability to profit from supervision.

5. A relative.

6. A friend.

c. Students will have no social, sexual or business relationships with their field training clients. Professional contacts outside the agency (home visits, attendance at activities in which clients are involved, etc.) may not take place without the prior knowledge and consent of the student’s supervisor. Students whose field placements involve work in an organization outside the training agency will consult with their supervisors with regard to the propriety of social relationships with members of the organization or its clients.

d. Students will consult with their supervisors with regard to the professional, ethical and legal ramifications of post-therapy relationships with clients that the student has treated at the agency or with regard to any continued contact with clients or organizations with which the student has worked. Such consultation will precede any post-therapy contacts.

e. Students field placement is official and not domestic in nature.

STIPENDS

a. Any stipends at an agency must be equally available and equally distributed to all FPGI trainees at a given level of experience. Special stipends or grants to members of a certain ethnic group or students must be approved by the FPGI.

b. Stipends may not be differentiated among students by prior or concurrent professional credential, the number of hours on site, hours of direct service, fees collected, or any other guide of productivity.

c. Students receiving a stipend must consider, and are responsible for determining, their liability for income taxes on the stipend.

PROFESSIONAL, ETHICAL AND LEGAL CONDUCT

Students are responsible for behaving in a professional, ethical, and legal manner at their field placements. They are expected to be familiar with the NPA Code of Ethics and standards for the profession of psychology. This is to be understood to include situations described in Sections Duties and Responsibilities - Students and Professional Issues - Dual Relationships.

Students may not engage in any unprofessional, unethical, or illegal practices at their field training site even if such practices are condoned, expected, or requested by agency supervisors or staff. Any student who observes agency staff or other FPGI trainees engaging in such practices must promptly bring it to the attention of his/her supervisor or FPGI coordinator.

Students who feel they would be in jeopardy or who believe they are being punished for reporting unprofessional, unethical, or illegal behavior to the agency itself, must report their concerns immediately to the liaison.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF INTERNS

The FPGI program takes reports of sexual harassment seriously, and will respond according to the following guidelines:

a. Students who believe they have experienced or observed sexual harassment at a field placement are expected to bring it to the attention of the agency liaison for their agency. Students are encouraged to be assertive in dealing with inappropriate behavior by rejecting it and confronting the source or responsible authorities at the agency.

b. The agencies will present reports of harassment to the FPGI program.

c. Complaints will not be disclosed to other students unless it is necessary to protect their welfare. If the student appears to be at immediate risk, all FPGI students at the site may be removed. With the student’s cooperation, the liaison will make every effort to resolve the situation through direct contact with the people involved. The liaison can only intervene directly with the agency if the student is willing to make his/her complaints a matter of record. This will usually require a written report to the FPGI.

d. Such a report should be as detailed and concrete as possible as to the offensive behavior, the time and circumstances, and the student’s response. Incidents reported to the student by another student or agency staff member may be helpful to the FPGI in making decisions about the extent of the problem but will not be used as the basis of formal complaints.

e. The FPGI will carefully evaluate all available information in making its own decision on whether to take action outside its primary mandate, which is to maintain the quality and safety of the training environment for al students. A student is free to act independently to make a complaint of harassment to the agency’s administration, or Nigeria Psychological Association. Because of the complex legal issues involved, students should consider seeking outside counsel in deciding whether to take such independent action.

g. Students should consult the Nasarawa State University Student Handbook for policies regarding sexual harassment.

Nasarawa State University will carry insurance for all of its students who are in a field placement activity. A certificate of insurance will be supplied to the agency when an agreement to provide training (field training agreement) is established and signed. The Certificates of Insurance are sent to agencies directly from the carrier every calendar year, beginning mid-year.

APPENDIX

• NPA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct

  • FPGI Psychology Supervised Experience Form

• Weekly Log of Supervised Experience and Time Sheets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix A

Personal Profile

Name: ________________________________________________________________

Age: ________________________________________________________________

Gender: ________________________________________________________________

Local Government: ________________________________________________________________

Academic status: __________________________________________________________

Intimate relationship status: ______________________________________________

Children: ________________________________________________________________

Current residential address: ________________________________________________________________

Town of current dwelling: ____________________________________________________

Place in which you would reside permanently: _____________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

Personal interests: ___________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

Personal strengths: __________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

Personal vulnerabilities: ____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

Academic Profile - Current

Grade Point Average: ____________________________________________________

Academic standing:

  • Are you in good standing?

  • Are you currently on probation?

  • Are any complaints currently pending against you or were any filed in the past and found to be legitimate?

Stage in M.SC thesis: ____________________________________________________

Coursework: ________________________________________________________________

Comprehensive exams: ____________________________________________________

Other program requirements: ______________________________________________

Number of assessment hours: ______________________________________________

Number of treatment hours: ______________________________________________

Number of supervision hours: ______________________________________________

Number of support hours: ____________________________________________________

Number of poster presentations: ______________________________________________

Number of publications: ____________________________________________________

Involvement in professional organizations: ___________________________________

Other: ______________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

13

Academic Profile – Expected Status

Expected status as of application date: _________________________________________

Stage in M.SC thesis: _______________________________________________

Coursework: _______________________________________________

Comprehensive exams: _______________________________________________

Other program requirements: _______________________________________________

Number of assessment hours: _______________________________________________

Number of treatment hours: _______________________________________________

Number of supervision hours: _______________________________________________

Number of support hours: _______________________________________________

Number of publications: _______________________________________________

Involvement in professional organizations: ___________________________________

Expected status as of interview date: __________________________________

Stage M.SC thesis: ____________________________________________________

Coursework: ____________________________________________________

Comprehensive exams: ____________________________________________________

Other program requirements: ____________________________________________________

Expected status as of internship start date: __________________________________

Stage in Ph.D. thesis: ____________________________________________________

Coursework: ____________________________________________________

Comprehensive exams: ____________________________________________________

Other program requirements: ____________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix B

WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT

Intern: ______

Dates: ______ to ______ 200 ______

Primary Supervisor: ______

Current Secondary Rotation: ______

___________________________________________________________________

No. Hours No. Patients Served

Inpatient Outpatient

Therapy:

Individual ______ ______ ______

Group (______) ______ ______ ______

Group (______) ______ ______ ______

Crisis Intervention ______ ______ ______

Consultation (psychiatry, Nursing, Security) ______ ______ ______

Assessment and Therapy Planning:

Clinical Interviews ______ ______ ______

Bio-psychosocial Assessments ______ ______ ______

Sex Offender Screening ______ ______ ______

Case Management ______ ______ ______

Confinement Eval. ______ ______ ______

Individual Treatment Plans ______ ______ ______

Intelligence Testing______ ______ ______

OSCI ______ ______ ______

Personality Tests

MMPI-II ______ ______ ______

Rorschach ______ ______ ______

______ ______ ______ ______

Neuropsychological Tests______ ______ ______ ______

______

OVMOT______ ______ ______ ______

Treatment Planning ______ ______ ______

Staffing ______ ______ ______

Court Paperwork ______ ______ ______

Court Hearings ______ ______ ______

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix C

NSUK-FPGI Intern Evaluation Form

Intern’s Name: __________________________________________________________

Rotation Site:___________________________________________________________

Applicable Dates: _______________________________________________________

Supervisor: _________________________________________Lic. #_______________

Total hours of individual face to face supervision provided during this rotation: ___hours

Methods for Determining Levels of Competence (check all that apply):

_____ Live Observation _____ Audio Tape _____ Co-therapy/facilitation

_____Videotape _____ Review of Written Work _____ Review of Test Data

_____ Chart Review _____ Discussion of Intern’s Report of Clinical Interactions

_____ Role Play _____ Comments from Other Staff

_____ Other (explain)

Competency Rating Scale

Rotation /supervisory period:

4 – performs this activity independently and with more than acceptable quality. (above the expected level of most interns; comparable to post-doctoral staff)

3 – performs this activity well, usually without assistance and/or supervision. (The acceptable and typical developmental level of intern performance.)

2 – Can perform this activity, but requires supervision and assistance (typical of interns early in training)

1 – is not able to perform this activity satisfactorily (performing below typical developmental intern level; not acceptable at completion of internship.) n/a – not observed or applicable.

 

 

 

Appendix D

I. Therapeutic Interventions

a) Able to generate a useful theoretically based case formulation and treatment plan.

4 3 2 1 N/A

b) Responsible for key client care tasks, autonomously ensuring that tasks are completed promptly (BPSA’s, Treatment Plans and notes).

4 3 2 1 N/A

Able to competently conduct individual therapy, including use of well-timed effective and appropriate interventions (use a balance of appropriately worded questions, reflection, confrontation, and interpretation responses to facilitate insight).

4 3 2 1 N/A

c) Establishes clear and appropriate goals and identifies hidden agenda. Continues to work with patients in reevaluating patients goals throughout the course of therapy.

4 3 2 1 N/A

d) Forms connecting relationships with patient, and knows how to attend to the relationship for therapeutic change or when relational issues arise.

4 3 2 1 N/A

e) Competently conducts group therapy, including use of well timed, effective & appropriate interventions (use a balance of appropriately worded questions, reflection, confrontation, and Interpretation responses to facilitate insight).

4 3 2 1 N/A

f) Able to develop a scholarly/evidence based group module and implement it appropriately.

4 3 2 1 N/A

g) Able to reinforce client progress. 4 3 2 1 N/A

h) Able to perform crisis interventions with clients having a variety of psychosocial problems.

4 3 2 1 N/A

i) Perceives and responds to non-verbal cues to gain in depth understanding of verbal message.

4 3 2 1 N/A

j) Has an integrated knowledge of theories. Can express this knowledge clearly and uses therapeutic interventions that are consistent with theories.

4 3 2 1 N/A

k) Facilitates the experience & expression of affect in session. 4 3 2 1 N/A

Address termination issues with the client. 4 3 2 1 N/A

l) Addresses "therapy interfering behaviors": silence, not completing "assignments”, avoidance of meaningful topics.

4 3 2 1 N/A

m) Helps men and women using a gender role sensitivity model and discusses with the patient the impact of gender role in session and in patient's life.

4 3 2 1 N/A

n) Works comfortably with patients from many cultures incorporating a multicultural sensitive model. Is aware of impact of own culture on counseling process.

4 3 2 1 N/A

Comments:____________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

II. Psychological Assessment

a) Able to elicit relevant history, from interview, medical record review, staff consultation and appropriate use of collateral information.

4 3 2 1 N/A

b) Understands the mental status and diagnostic components of disorders and uses it properly in diagnosis and monitoring patient

progress.4 3 2 1 N/A

c) Competent in formulation DSM-V diagnoses. 4 3 2 1 N/A

d) Able to administer, score, and interpret intellectual/cognitive assessment instruments, including Intelligence test

4 3 2 1 N/A

e) Able to administer objective, score, and interpret personality assessment instruments including MMPI-II and PAI.

4 3 2 1 N/A

f) Able to administer, score, and interpret forensic tests including

SIRS, HPCL.

4 3 2 1 N/A

g) Able to administer, score and interpret projective personality assessment instruments including Rorschach-Exner.

4 3 2 1 N/A

h) Able to write a well-organized psychological evaluation, answering referral questions clearly, providing specific recommendations for client care.

4 3 2 1 N/A

i) Aware of and sensitive to individual differences such as cultural, social, and ethnic background and their impact on assessments.

4 3 2 1 N/A

j) Able to provide useful, accurate, and ethical feedback to patients and referring staff.

4 3 2 1 N/A

k) Has a reasonable understanding of developmental issues and shuns over-pathologizing.

4 3 2 1 N/A

Comments:____________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

III. Scholarly/Evidence Based Inquiry

a) Reads and is aware of relevant literature. 4 3 2 1 N/A

b) Applies literature to practice appropriately. 4 3 2 1 N/A

c) Reads materials provided by supervisors/provides materials for supervisors.

4 3 2 1 N/A

d) Brings literature as requested to supervision and case conferences.4 3 2 1 N/A

e) Works towards these completion (when appropriate.) 4 3 2 1 N/A

f) Able to discriminate the appropriate application of research evidence to clinical practice.

4 3 2 1 N/A

Comments:____________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

 

IV. Diversity

a) Sensitive to the influences of individual differences on patient care.

4 3 2 1 N/A

b) Sensitive to the influence of cultural differences on patient care. 4 3 2 1 N/A

c) Able to attend appropriately to disability. 4 3 2 1 N/A

d) Able to attend appropriately to religious beliefs. 4 3 2 1 N/A

e) Able to attend appropriately to gender issues. 4 3 2 1 N/A

f) Able to attend appropriately to ethnic orientation issues. 4 3 2 1 N/A

g) Challenges one's premises and biases, to expand one's awareness, and address issues of diversity.

4 3 2 1 N/A

Comments:____________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

V. Professional/Ethical Development

a) Knowledgeable of APA ethical principles and consistently applies them appropriately, seeking consultation as needed.4 3 2 1 N/A

b) Displays professional interaction with staff and peers. 4 3 2 1 N/A

c) Dresses and presents them selves professionally and appropriately. 4 3 2 1 N/A

d) Is punctual and able to manage time (e.g., timeliness of documentation, proactive management of workload, ending sessions in a timely manner, attendance of activities, etc.)

4 3 2 1 N/A

e) Has an awareness of one’s personal and professional strengths and limitations.

4 3 2 1 N/A

f) Appreciative of the level of influence inherent in one’s position relative to both patients and staff.

4 3 2 1 N/A

g) Demonstrates positive coping strategies when dealing with both personal and professional challenges and stressors (can maintain professional functioning and quality patient care.)

4 3 2 1 N/A

h) Able to define own role in ambiguous situations. 4 3 2 1 N/A

Comments:______________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

 

 

VI. Supervision

a) Understands when to seek consultation and when to act independently.

4 3 2 1 N/A

b) Able to use supervision effectively, including an awareness and acknowledgement of potential problem areas, conflicts, skill deficits, counter-transference reactions, etc.

4 3 2 1 N/A

c) Demonstrates a willingness to address personal issues which affect professional work.

4 3 2 1 N/A

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d) Prepares for and is able to articulate goals for supervision. 4 3 2 1 N/A

e) Open to supervisory feedback and is able to integrate feedback into practice.

4 3 2 1 N/A

f) Clarifies theoretically-based client conceptualization and treatment plans in supervision.

4 3 2 1 N/A

g) Maintains up-to-date, supervisor-signed paperwork such as case notes and weekly activity reports.

4 3 2 1 N/A

h) Demonstrates appropriate assertiveness when communicating with supervisor.

4 3 2 1 N/A

i) Has the skills, knowledge and self-confidence necessary to supervise psychology trainees in their work with patients.

4 3 2 1 N/A

j) Able to provide truthful, straight forward and respectful supervision. (e.g. peer supervision)

4 3 2 1 N/A

Comments:____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

VII. Consultation

a) Has a general familiarity with the practices of other professions (esp. physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.) & a corresponding ability to frame the relevant psychological issues in ways that meet with their needs.

4 3 2 1 N/A

b) Demonstrates a working knowledge of psychopharmacology that allows professional consultation.

4 3 2 1 N/A

c) Has an awareness of when to consult with other professionals in

the treatment or management of a client.

4 3 2 1 N/A

d) Communicates effectively with referral sources, including eliciting relevant information & explaining psychological issues.

4 3 2 1 N/A

Comments:____________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

VIII. Professional/Ethical Development

a) Knowledgeable of APA ethical principles and consistently applies them appropriately, seeking consultation as needed.

4 3 2 1 N/A

b) Displays professional interaction with staff and peers. 4 3 2 1 N/A

c) Dresses and presents them selves professionally and appropriately.

4 3 2 1 N/A

d) Is punctual and able to manage time (e.g., timeliness of documentation, proactive management of workload, ending sessions in a timely manner, attendance of activities, etc.)

4 3 2 1 N/A

e) Has an awareness of one’s personal and professional strengths and limitations.

4 3 2 1 N/A

f) Appreciative of the level of influence inherent in one’s position relative to both patients and staff.

4 3 2 1 N/A

g) Demonstrates positive coping strategies when dealing with both personal and professional challenges and stressors (can maintain professional functioning and quality patient care.)

4 3 2 1 N/A

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h) Able to define own role in ambiguous situations. 4 3 2 1 N/A

Comments:_____________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE _____YES (pass) _____NO (fail)

____________________________________ _____________________

Supervisor Signature Date

My supervisor has reviewed and discussed this evaluation with me. My signature does not necessarily constitute agreement. I understand that this evaluation may be shared with members of my graduate training program.

Intern comments:________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

_________________________________ _________________________

Intern’s Signature Date

Reviewed by Training Director _________________________ on _________, 2 _________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix E

INTERNSHIP SUPERVISION LOG

Supervisor's Name: _________________________Rotation Site: ______ Type: ______

Intern's Name: ________________________________ Dates: from ______ to _______

Type of Supervision (check one)

Date Start Time Duration (hrs) Individual Group Topic Discussed

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TOTALS OF INTERNSHIP: ________ _____

Intern’s Signature: ___________________________________________________

Supervisor’s Signature: _______________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX F

Premaster’s in Forensic Psychology Internship Program’s Checklist of Requirements for Completion of Internship

Intern’s Name: ________________________________ Internship Year _________

Check off each of these Requirements for Internship as they are accomplished

___ 1900 hours of work within the assigned site (paid or unpaid)

___ 100 additional hours of Professional Work (non paid)

___ 500 hours of face-to-face patient contact

___ 100 hours of individual supervision and 100 hours of group supervision

___ Obtain direct observation supervision of Individual and Group Therapy at the beginning

of the year

___ Preparation of a topical 8 session or more Group Module that you have based on current theory and research: Including Goals and Objectives, Criteria for

Group Member selection, Outline of the Sessions, Instructions and explanations of each session appropriate for a Masters Level staff to follow, Handouts, Assignments and Homework as appropriate

___ Group Module competently applied to patients.

___ Group Module used successfully to allow another clinician (e.g., masters or bachelors level) to run the group with your supervision.

___ Four Satisfactory Grand Rounds Presentations:

___ one on an area of research interest

___ one on your Group Module that they have prepared based on current theory and research

___ a case presentations that incorporates interpretations, conceptualizations and treatment plans from the perspective of 3 different theories citing current research and theory

___ a second case presentations that incorporates interpretations of formal assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualizations and treatment plans based on current research and theory

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___ Demonstrate Satisfactory Formal Testing/Assessment and Diagnosis by:

___ 1. Satisfactory completion of at least 6 Psychological Evaluations

___ 2. Increase the number of Assessment Tools you can competently use

___ 3. Including in some of your Psychological Evaluation competent use of, at least, the MMPI-II, PAI, Rorschach (Exner Scoring), WAIS-III, WASI, BETA III, SIRS and Hare PCL-R

___ Actively and appropriately participate in supervision of therapeutic skills from at least 3

different supervisors incorporating initially live supervision, then review of audio or video taped therapy sessions and self-report of sessions.

___ Attend and actively participate in the Training Activities provide throughout the year.

___ Provide competent therapeutic interventions to a wide variety of patients (including at least patients with depressive, psychotic, anxiety and personality disorders) in a variety of settings including Outpatient Services, TCU, CSU and CMHI.

___ Competently conceptualize and treat patients using at least three different theory and

research based therapeutic approaches with sensitivity to issues of diversity.

___ Demonstrate on-going scholarly/evidence based inquiry in individual and group supervision, therapeutic activities, training activities and consultation.

___ Treat patients with diverse backgrounds including at least 3 different racial backgrounds, 2 different disabilities, 3 religious beliefs, males and female, 2 different sexual orientation or preference issues and 2 different socio-economic backgrounds and demonstrate sensitivity and treatment consideration of these issues.

___ Demonstrate ethical behavior including adherence to the American Psychology

Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

 (It can be found at http://www2.apa.org/ethics/code.doc )

___ Achieve a rating of 3 or better on every competency/behavior listed on the

Florida Department of Corrections Pre-doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology’s

 

 

Intern Evaluation Form.

___ Do not endanger the lives of inmate/patients, be deliberately indifferent or insubordinate, involving clinical care.

___ Do not give out any information about the FPGI, its inmates or staff to individuals outside of the FPGI, except as indicated in your Training Manual.

___ Notify the FPGI immediately if you become aware that you are related to or have personal knowledge of any inmate in the Site.

___ Comply with all Government’s’ rules, regulations, and policies at all times and be familiar with the Agencies Objectives

Statement, abide by the FPGI’s ’ Code of Conduct and its Oath of Allegiance.

___ Maintain Professional Liability Insurance and provide FPGI with evidence of such all year.

___ Remain in good standing with your graduate  program.

___ Attend Graduation and Receive your Certificate of Completion.

___ 200 hours of face-to-face patient contact

___ 100 hours of individual supervision and 100 hours of group supervision

___ Obtain direct observation supervision of Individual and Group Therapy at the beginning

of the year

___ Preparation of a topical 8 session or more Group Module that you have based on current theory and research: Including Goals and Objectives, Criteria for Group Member selection, Outline of the Sessions, Instructions and explanations of each session appropriate for a Masters Level staff to follow, Handouts, Assignments and Homework as appropriate

___ Group Module competently applied to patients.

___ Group Module used successfully to allow another clinician (e.g., masters or bachelors level) to run the group with your supervision.

___ Four Satisfactory Grand Rounds Presentations:

___ one on an area of research interest

___ one on your Group Module that they have prepared based on current theory and research

___ a case presentations that incorporates interpretations, conceptualizations and treatment plans from the perspective of 3 different theories citing current research and theory

___ a second case presentations that incorporates interpretations of formal assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualizations and treatment plans based on current research and theory

___ Demonstrate Satisfactory Formal Testing/Assessment and Diagnosis by:

___ 1. Satisfactory completion of at least 6 Psychological Evaluations

___ 2. Increase the number of Assessment Tools you can competently use

___ 3. Including in some of your Psychological Evaluation competent use of, at least, the MMPI-II, OSCI, Rorschach (Exner Scoring),

___ Actively and appropriately participate in supervision of therapeutic skills from at least 3

different supervisors incorporating initially live supervision, then review of audio or video taped therapy sessions and self-report of sessions.

___ Attend and actively participate in the Training Activities provide throughout the year.

___ Provide competent therapeutic interventions to a wide variety of patients (including at least patients with depressive, psychotic, anxiety and personality disorders) in a variety of settings including Outpatient Services.

_ Competently conceptualize and treat patients using at least three different theory and research based therapeutic approaches with sensitivity to issues of diversity.

___ Demonstrate on-going scholarly/evidence based inquiry in individual and group supervision, therapeutic activities, training activities and consultation.

___ Treat patients with diverse backgrounds including at least 3 different racial backgrounds, 2 different disabilities, 3 religious beliefs, both males and female, 2 different sexual orientation or preference issues and 2 different socio-economic backgrounds and demonstrate sensitivity and treatment consideration of these issues.

___ Demonstrate ethical behavior including adherence to the American Psychology

Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

__ Achieve a rating of 3 or better on every competency/behavior listed on the FPGI  Professional Psychology’s Intern Evaluation Form.

___ Do not endanger the lives of inmate/patients, be deliberately indifferent or insubordinate, involving clinical care.

___ Do not give out any information about the agency, its inmates or staff to individuals outside of the agency, except as indicated in your Training Manual.

___ Notify the agency immediately if you become aware that you are related to or have personal knowledge of any inmate, client or other.

Statement, abide by the agency’s Code of Conduct and its Oath of Allegiance.

___ Maintain Professional Liability Insurance and provide the agency with evidence of such all year.

___ Remain in good standing with your graduate program.

___ Attend Graduation and Receive your Certificate of Completion.

Congratulations!

 

 

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American Psychological Association. "Specialty guidelines for forensic psychology." The American Psychologist 68, no. 1 (2013): 7

Otto, R. K., & Heilbrun, K. (2002). The practice of forensic psychology: A look toward the future in light of the past. American Psychologist, 57(1), 5.

 

 

 

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