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Internships / Training

The Training Department at the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) - Napa arranges and assists staff to meet their annual mandatory trainings. It provides all disciplines the opportunity to earn continued educational units throughout the year, with it's many conferences, workshops and related work trainings. The trainings provided are highly stimulating, motivational and interactive in an effort to assist the healthcare professional in meeting the needs and treatment of our diverse forensic and LPS populations.

The Nursing Education Department at DSH - Napa offers a comprehensive program of orientation and competency validation for nursing staff and continuing education units are available at no cost for hospital employees. A variety of topics for CEU's are presented, including classes on psychiatric and physical disorders and treatment, treatment of the suicidal, violent, or angry client, development of nursing care plans, and an overview of forensic issues. The Nursing Education Department also provides assistance for current employees who are preparing for their state nursing board examination and a tutoring and mentoring program for employees enrolled in a Psychiatric Technician Apprenticeship Program.

Employee career advancement is promoted at this facility through the Career Development Committee. The committee is active in recommending sponsorships for employees who desire advanced education and provides opportunities for employees to improve their interview skills and techniques.

The Medical Staff organizes 48 Grand Rounds presentations each year on clinically oriented topics. Each session qualifies for 1-1/2 hours of CME credit.

Psychiatric Technician Apprenticeship Training Program

DSH Napa's Psychiatric Technician Apprentice Program offers individuals the opportunity to become licensed Psychiatric Technicians. The apprenticeship program consists of 3,000 hours of on-the-job training plus classroom instruction in mental health, developmental disabilities, nursing science, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology.

Apprentices in DSH Napa's program will first complete the Hospital's in-house program to become Certified Nurse Assistants. Then they will start the 12-month Napa "Fast Track" Psychiatric Technician education program. Each apprentice receives 40-hour per week pay for attending class and working in the Hospital, assisting medical and nursing staff in the care and treatment of patients with serious mental illnesses. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will be eligible to take the State's Psychiatric Technician license examination.

Because Psychiatric Technician Apprentice is a State civil service position represented by California Association of Psychiatric Technicians (CAPT), apprentices are covered under the CAPT contract which provides for salaries, health benefits, holidays, vacations and further defines working conditions.

To enter the Psychiatric Technician Apprentice Program, candidates must have graduated from high school within the United States or the equivalency. If you attended high school outside the United States, it is the responsibility of the candidate to provide an evaluation/certification of their foreign education as to what it represents in terms of U.S. school equivalency. Candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in English/Reading/Math by passing the English/Reading Placement examination for health occupations with a score of 59 or higher and the Math Placement examination with a score of 59 or higher.

We plan to start the Psychiatric Technician Apprentice Program July 2017.

Interested candidates must return a State application and required documents no later than February 10, 2017 to the below address:

Natalie Allen, RN, BSN
Psychiatric Nursing Education Director
Training and Education Center
Department of State Hospitals-Napa
2100 Napa Vallejo Hwy
Napa Ca. 94558

Incomplete applications will not be accepted and all documentation must be submitted together. If there are questions regarding this information, please contact Natalie Allen at (707) 254-2437 or (707) 253-5284.

Recreation Therapy Internship Program

Department of State Hospitals – Napa's Therapeutic Recreation internship program is offered to T.R. students who have completed their required academic training in therapeutic recreation from either a bachelors or masters degreed program. The internship program follows the guidelines and standards as set by the "National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification". The Therapeutic Recreation internship program collaborates with each individual university concerning coordination of the NCTRC guidelines, university internship requirements, and the requirements of the hospital. Applicants should demonstrate personal maturity and have a range of professional and life experiences which would qualify them to work with a challenging population.

The objective for the internship program is to provide an intern exposure to high quality, hands-on opportunities for practical applications of therapeutic recreation concepts and techniques. Through a choice of a variety of clinical settings within the realm of services provided to patients with mental illness, the student intern develops the skills necessary to become a recreation therapist. Therapeutic recreation plays an important role in the patient's treatment to help facilitate that individual's ability to move to a lesser restrictive living environment, to possible reintegration back into the community through providing a variety of treatment and leisure programs. Interns will have the opportunity to develop and run treatment services on an individual and group basis.

Treatment and leisure modalities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Leisure Education and Values Clarification
  • Substance Recovery Issues
  • Forensic Competency Issues
  • Stress Reduction
  • Social Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Exercise, Weightlifting, Yoga, Sports, and other Body Mechanic Modalities
  • Vocational and Pre-vocational Work Training
  • Community Re-orientation Programs and Community Outings
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Group Therapy Modalities
  • Music and Art Programs
  • Special Event Coordination
  • Variety of Free Leisure Time Activities

For further information about the Recreational Therapy Internship Program contact: Jennifer Marshall,CTRS, RTC at E-mail: Jennifer.Marshall@dsh.ca.gov, Phone: (707) 253-5983 or the Chief of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at  (707) 253-5037.

 

Occupational Therapy Internship Program

The Occupational Therapy (O.T.) internship program at Department of State Hospitals - Napa is offered to O.T. students from around the world who have completed their required academic training from either a bachelors or masters degreed program. The internship program is built around the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) guidelines and complies with the professional standards of AOTA, the involved university or college, and DSH - Napa. O.T. assistant (COTA) fieldwork experiences are also available at Napa State Hospital.

The objective of the internship program is to provide students with the opportunity to integrate academic knowledge with application skills important in the area of psychosocial O.T. practice. This is done under the experienced supervision of an O.T.R., but includes exposure to a wide variety of disciplines and clinical settings.

An interview (personal or videotaped) is required to ensure that the student understands the clinical expectations for this experience. A preference will be given to those who demonstrate self-direction, motivation, and a strong commitment to their new career and the individuals they will be serving.

Interested prospective applicants should contact: Nanci Caron, OTR-O.T. Internship Coordinator at (707) 253-5915 or the Chief of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at (707) 253-5037.

 

Art Therapy Internship Program

DSH - Napa's Art Therapy Program has provided internship experiences for dozens of Art Therapy students for over twenty years. Due to its range of services and resources, the Hospital has provided an excellent training ground for Art Therapists from programs throughout the world. Several ATCB Board Certified and AATA Registered Art Therapists, with years of clinical experience, are employed in the various treatment programs of the hospital, and are capable of providing sensitive and skillful supervision.

In considering applicants for internship, we look for students from American Art Therapy Association approved training programs who have demonstrated a serious commitment to the study and practice of Art Therapy. Applicants should demonstrate personal maturity and have a range of professional and life experiences which would qualify them to work with a challenging population.

For further information about the internship program contact: Kristin Menne MA, ATR-BC, ATCS at (707) 253-5891 or the Chief of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at (707) 253-5585.

 

Social Work Internship Program

Napa State Hospital Social Work Services accepts second year graduate students for field placements. Psychiatric Social Workers who supervise these students coordinate the required field placement training with the graduate school. Students have the unique opportunity of gaining a breadth of experience in group and individual psychotherapy, case management, biopsychosocial rehabilitation groups and competency training under the direct supervision of experienced clinicians. They may also take advantage of numerous trainings available through our professional education departments. Most recently our graduate student interns have come from California State University, Sacramento. In the past we have also had interns from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Social Welfare and California State University, San Francisco.

For further information about the internship program contact: Ann Long, LCSW, Chief, Social Work Services at (707) 253-5737.

Clinical Psychology Internship Program

The Department of Psychology offers a doctoral internship in clinical psychology. Please click here for more information about our program.

Dance Movement Therapy

Department of State Hospitals (DSH) – Napa offers internship experiences for Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) students from American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) approved schools, and those who have chosen the Alternate Route DMT program. Due to its range of services and resources, DSH - Napa provides an excellent training ground for Dance Movement Therapists from programs throughout the country. The Board Certified Dance Movement Therapists (BC-DMT) at DSH - Napa currently offering supervision are employed in various treatment programs of the hospital, and are capable of providing sensitive and skillful supervision.  Internships involve the opportunity to work with rehabilitation therapists across disciplines, unit psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nursing staff from a variety of populations.
Responsibilities of the dance movement therapy intern include the following:

  • Attending staff meetings
  • Facilitating & co-facilitating various groups weekly with a variety of modalities/disciplines
  • One hour of individual supervision with BC-DMT supervisor per week, one hour of adjunct supervision with other BC-DMT and therapist co-facilitators per week, and one and a half hours of group DMT supervision with all DMTs on-site per month
  • Writing session reports, a mid-internship and final internship self evaluation, and offering a DMT in-service to all Rehab Therapists
  • Experiencing individual DMT for oneself
  • Ongoing dance training for intern's own personal growth
  • Assisting nursing/level of care staff with activities as part of patient contact hours

In considering applicants for internship, we look for students from American Dance Therapy Association approved training programs who have demonstrated a serious commitment to the study and practice of Dance Movement Therapy. Applicants should demonstrate personal maturity and have a range of professional and life experiences which would qualify them to work with a challenging population.

For further information about the Dance Movement Therapy internship program contact:

Heidi Landgraf, BC-DMT, REAT, RSMT, PCCI (#1946)
Rehabilitation Therapist: Dance
Department of State Hospitals-Napa
2100 Napa Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 253-5760
Heidi.Landgraf@dsh.ca.gov

Dietetic Internship Program

The Department of State Hospitals - Napa offers a Dietetic Internship Program. Please click here for more information about our program.

Psychiatric Pharmacy Clerkship

The Department of Pharmacy offers a six week Psychiatric Pharmacy Clerkship to fourth year pharmacy students enrolled at the following Schools of Pharmacy: University of California – San Francisco, University of the Pacific, and University of Southern California. The six-week experience enables the student to gain greater understanding of psychiatric treatment modalities. Students are assigned to a treatment unit and participate with the treatment team. They contribute drug information as requested, participate in interdisciplinary team conferences, and make recommendations concerning medication treatment. In addition to unit activity, students attend clinic rounds with the Movement Disorder consultant, lead a number of weekly individual education groups, and present lectures to nursing and pharmacy staff on a variety of topics.

Interested students should contact the Clerkship Coordinator at their school of pharmacy to register for the Psychiatric Pharmacy Clerkship. A syllabus has been provided to each school of pharmacy which provides an overview of the clerkship. For additional questions, students may contact Ali Yasseri, Pharmacy Clerkship Coordinator. He may be reached by telephone at (707) 253-5999 or by email at Ali.Yasseri@dsh.ca.gov