Western State Hospital Internship Program

The psychology internship program and forensic postdoctoral fellowship are now administered by the Office of Forensic Mental Health Services.


The internship year runs from August 1 to July 31, 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 Doctoral Internship can be found in our Internship Brochure.


The doctoral internship program in Clinical Psychology at Western State Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be during the academic year 2023. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979


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 1, 2020
  • Interview Notification Date: December 1, 2020
  • WSH Open House:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be conducting in person interviews for the 2021-2022 intern cohort. We will be having 3-days of virtual Open Houses, via ZOOM, in which 10 applicants, for each day, will be invited to attend. Tentatively, these virtual Open Houses are scheduled for January 5-7 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The virtual Open House will consist of 2 hours of presentations by our internship faculty, followed by group interviews. Attendance at the virtual Open House will be by invitation only

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology

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.

Forensic Psychology Seminar

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 1-4 pm (map).

For additional information, please contact Jacqueline Means, Psy.D.253-761-3334

Psychology Training

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 Psychological Association-accredited doctoral internship program. Four 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.

You may also want to visit:

Post Internship Positions Table

Internship Staff

Center for Forensic Services

Contacts for Western State Hospital