DSH - Metropolitan - Psychology Doctoral Internship
What to Expect

What to Expect

The internship program at DSH-Metropolitan requires the intern to be motivated, self-sufficient and collaborative. The internship experience can be quite challenging and difficult, largely due to the fact that the population we serve suffer from severe mental illness and often have multiple complicating factors such as trauma, addiction and personality traits. Safety is our top priority. We take the safety and security of our interns seriously.

We also have a high regard for the careful guidance and support for the interns throughout the entire internship process. However, the nature of our facility and the work we do requires that our interns exercise a sense of independence, self-driven learning and assertiveness.

Sample Of Weekly Schedule for Treatment Unit Rotation

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-9:00 Morning Report w unit staff Morning Report w unit staff Morning Report w unit staff Morning Report w unit staff Morning Report w unit staff
9:00-10:00 Treatment conference Check in with patients Treatment conference Check in with patients Check in with patients
10:30-11:30 Testing administration Group therapy Testing administration Group therapy Group therapy
11:30-12:00 Testing administration Notes and paperwork Testing administration Notes and paperwork Notes and paperwork
12:00-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00-2:00 Individual therapy Treatment conference Individual therapy Treatment conference Individual therapy
2:00-3:30 Individual supervision Group Supervision Administrative services Didactic presentation Report writing
3:30-4:30 Professional development, reading Group Supervision Report writing and notes Didactic presentation Report writing

Sample Of Daily Schedule for Patient Treatment

Time Monday
7:00-8:00 Breakfast & morning hygiene
8:00-9:00 AM medications
9:00-9:30 AM free time (Treatment plan meetings)
9:40-10:30 AM Group 1
10:40-11:30 AM Group 2
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 PM free time
2:30-3:30 PM medications
3:40-4:30 PM Group 1
4:30-5:00 PM free time (Patio break)
5:00-5:30 Dinner
5:30-7:30 PM hygiene & personal time
7:30-8:00 PM medications
8:00 Lights out

Sample Of Weekly Didactic Topics

Cognitive Specific Instruments Clinical Practice Professional Development Forensic Theoretical Topics Therapy
Cognitive Assessment Part I & II MCMI-IV Cog rehab Postdoc Prep FEDS presentation Sovereign citizen Metaphor therapy
SSD as a neurodevelopmental disorder HCR-20 I & II Behavioral Interventions I & II Starting Private Practice 1370 Competency Criminology Therapeutic approaches at DSH
Substance abuse and cognition MMPI-3 FREE Financial Literacy for Psychologists Correctional Psychology Psychopharmacology & Forensic psychiatry Considerations for Termination of Treatment
Mild TBI START Trauma Informed Care How to become a paneled evaluator Gateways CONREP Malingering Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Neuroanatomy Basics C-SSRS Working with people with disabilities/older adults Psychopharmacology & perspectives of a forensic psychiatrist Complex competency to stand trial cases Serial killers and multilevel personality assessments CBT for Psychosis
Neurocognitive Effects of Drugs and Alcohol PCL-R Considerations for Termination of Treatment EPPP Prep Expert testimony Basic principles of Trauma Acceptance and Commitment Therapy