Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced Tuesday that the Larned State Hospital
Psychology Internship Program has received program accreditation for the next
The accreditation, which is awarded by the America
Psychological Association (APA), is viewed as the gold standard in training for
licensed psychologists. The process involved more than five years of work to
establish a training curriculum, select psychology interns and integrate the
interns into the overall structure of Larned State Hospital.
Additionally, the intern program had to submit a self-study
to the APA for formal review. In April 2011, the APA conducted a two-day site
visit. They further reviewed the program with an onsite visit in July 2011,
after which APA requested Larned State Hospital to answer eight additional
questions. Larned submitted the responses to those questions in February 2012
for a second review by APA in March 2012. After the review in March, the America
Psychological Associate awarded the seven-year accreditation to Larned State
Hospital’s internship program.
“This will really help us in the recruitment and retention of
quality staff,” Secretary Gilmore said. “In fact, many of our recent psychology
hires are former psychology interns. This program will also enable Larned State
Hospital to continue to strengthen its ability to serve as a teaching facility
for psychology students.”
The internship program works with students to achieve the
goal of producing psychologists who are competent to provide psychological
services in an ethical, professional and knowledgeable manner. Furthermore the,
program places an emphasis on training in a variety of settings, such as mental
health centers, state hospitals, correctional settings and others. The
internship students are working towards completion of their Ph.D., or Psy.D.
All interns are exposed to the same training curriculum that
includes individual and group therapy, assessment and report writing, weekly
didactic training, individual and group supervision and professional development
The interns receive exposure to various types of treatment
within Larned State Hospital’s three separate treatment units.
Larned’s Psychiatric Services Program (PSP) provides care and
treatment for adults from a 61-county area in Kansas. Most patients are admitted
on an involuntary status after being found by a court to be mentally ill persons
who are a danger to themselves and others. All patients must be screened through
his/her local community mental health center before they can be admitted.
The State Security Program (SSP) serves patients who are
criminally committed by the court system or transferred from the Kansas
Department of Corrections (KDOC) for treatment. SSP provides court-ordered pre-
and post-trial assessments, sexual predator evaluations, competency restoration
treatment, treatment for patients found not guilty by reason of mental defect
and treatment in lieu of confinement. Also housed on SSP is the Security
Behavior Unit (SBU) for civilly committed male patients who have severe
behavioral disturbances including extreme aggressiveness. The Security Behavior
Unit accepts patients from PSP and from Kansas’ two other sister hospitals. In
addition, two units on SSP are dedicated to working with KDOC inmates prior to
release into the community. The SSP is the only forensic hospital in the State
of Kansas and as such accepts patients from all counties in the state.
The Sexual Predator Treatment Program (SPTP) is currently an
all-male treatment program for patients committed under the Kansas Violent
Sexual Predator Act. The SPTP accepts patients committed from all counties in
the state. The focus of SPTP is to provide treatment and work toward community
reintegration for the residents ordered to the program.