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Illinois Department of Human Services Treatment & Detention Facility
Rushville, Illinois

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Position announcement

Clinical Doctoral Internship & Post Doctoral Fellowship – 2020 / 2021

Liberty Healthcare seeks applicants for a Clinical Doctoral Internship in Forensic Psychology Internship and Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Illinois Department of Human Services Treatment & Detention Facility located in Rushville, Illinois.

The Treatment & Detention Facility is a state-of-the-art secure residential treatment facility which provides a wide array of mental health services to over 500 detained and civilly committed adult sexual offenders.

Clinical services at the facility are provided by Liberty Healthcare’s dedicated and talented team which is comprised of over forty Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists and Recreation Therapists.

The Facility is located in the town of Rushville in west central Illinois. Rushville is commutable from Macomb (home of Western Illinois University) and Springfield (the State Capital). Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis and the Quad Cities are all within a few hours drive.

Liberty is offering a one-year Psychology Internship as well as a Post Doctoral Fellowship – both commencing in August 2020 and ending in August 2021.  

Clinical duties include co-facilitating sex offender specific group treatment (approximately 15 hours per week), managing a primary caseload of approximately 15 residents, including treatment planning and case conceptualizing. However, the primary caseload is not individual therapy but involves case management tasks, with the Resident being seen on an as needed basis. Doctoral Interns are also responsible for completing a minimum of six in-depth psychological batteries during the training year, as well as few cognitive assessments. All Interns also receive a minimum of two hours of licensed supervision each week, one from the Director of Training & Research and another from a Licensed Psychologist on staff.

Our program offers extensive training in working with civilly committed sexual offenders. Interns engage in a two-week orientation to the program and them a minimum of one week observing therapy groups before co-facilitating a group. In addition, all groups that Interns are involved with are co-facilitated with a seasoned therapist throughout the year. Experience with sexual offenders is not necessary for being an Intern in our program. Further, experience with the Rorschach is preferred, but it is not necessary to be an Intern in our program. Please contact me (see below) if you have additional questions.

Training experiences will include:

  • Intensive group treatment of Sexually Violent Persons. Liberty Health Care utilizes a co-therapist model of research-driven, cognitive behavioral treatment for sexual offending. Interns will have the opportunity to learn sexual offender treatment utilizing live supervision and mentor-ship from experienced sexual offender treatment clinicians.
  • Primary therapist responsibilities with sexual offender population including individualized treatment planning and support.
  • Administering, scoring and interpreting psychological tests and writing comprehensive psychological evaluations for offenders entering sex-offender treatment.
  • Research opportunities as available.

Formal training opportunities will also include:

  • Monthly all-staff case conferences and group training in sexual offender treatment
  • Twice a Week Didactic Seminars

Liberty Healthcare Corporation provides a wide array of health and human services to people throughout the United States. We are an equal opportunity employer and diverse organization which actively seeks veterans, people who have disabilities, and individuals of all backgrounds to join our growing organization.  Click here to learn more about us.

For immediate consideration – email your resume to Matt Di Girolamo at mattd@libertyhealth.com – or contact Matt directly at (800) 331-7122.

Posting Expiration Date: 
Sat, 2020-08-29 (All day)