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June 1, 2017
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FDC Receives American Psychological Association Re-Accreditation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is proud to announce the re-accreditation of the Office of Health Services Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA). This re-accreditation allows the Department to continue its commitment to quality mental health treatment and attracting top candidates interested in pursuing a career in correctional psychology.

Secretary Julie Jones said, "This APA-accredited internship program is an important part of the Department's dedication to meaningful mental health care reforms. Through this program, we're able to educate and retain highly trained psychologists to manage the treatment needs of the mentally ill in our custody, inmates who may pose a danger to others and themselves if they’re not provided appropriate services. I would like to thank Dr. Dean Aufderheide and his staff for their unwavering commitment to our most vulnerable inmate population and this program."

Dr. Aufderheide, FDC's Chief of Mental Health Services, created the internship program in 2007. The program provides doctoral students experience in mental health diagnosis, treatment and education - while preparing them for the unique challenges of working with mentally ill inmates in a correctional environment. Students are exposed to all inmate populations, giving them the opportunity to work with different ethnicities, ages and genders and varying levels of treatment needs and services. Since 2007, the Department has hired twenty-one interns from the program as entry-level correctional psychologists.

Each accreditation period, the Department's Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology has received accreditation for the maximum number of allowable years by the APA's Commission on Accreditation and has grown into a center of excellence for training correctional mental health psychologists.  FDC's APA-accredited internship program is one of only two in the nation.

For more information on the APA's Commission on Accreditation, please visit www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/about/coa/index.aspx.

For more information on the Florida Department of Corrections, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.

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