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Department of Corrections - Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center

Location: Vinita, Oklahoma
Mailing address: P.O. Box 887, Vinita, OK 74301-0887
Funding: $13,000 primary, not available as secondary
Time on site: 24 hrs. primary
Contact person/Primary on-site supervisor(s): Curtis Grundy, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

The Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center (NOCC), a Department of Corrections facility, is located in Vinita, Oklahoma which is approximately 60 miles northeast of Tulsa. The facility is a minimum security institution located at the north end of the Oklahoma Forensic Center grounds. The center was established by the legislature and began operations in December 1994. The center has approximately 500 male inmates on its roster. The center is also responsible for services to Department of Corrections inmates housed in surrounding county jails.

The internship experience at NOCC is a multi disciplinary approach to the practice of psychology in the correctional setting. Extensive training on a variety of topics regarding working in a correctional environment is provided to the intern. Other training opportunities on mental health issues may be available as well. As this is a minimum security facility, the offenders placed in this facility are primarily non-violent offenders. Many of the present offenders are at the facility on convictions of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The intern will find a prevalence of alcohol and /or drug involvement in the inmate population. Although this facility is not an alcohol treatment center, it does have a medium security unit which houses a court-ordered substance abuse program that is operated in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (a separate agency). Within this program, called LAST STOP, there are a number of cognitive-behavioral components in which the offender participates.

Direct services to the inmate population is an important and integral part of the site experience. Services may consist of, but are not limited to, intake interviewing, crisis management, stress management, counseling, and individual and group therapy. The intern interacts through referral and consultation with the site physician(s), consulting psychiatrist, nursing staff, and unit staff in developing an efficacious treatment regimen for the inmate/patient. The intern is seen as an integral part of the medical services team. Other services provided are assessments and evaluations as deemed necessary by the site supervisor, requiring the administration of a variety of instruments to assess personality and/or intellectual functioning. Crisis intervention is provided for offenders experiencing emotional crisis or risk for suicide. The intern and site supervisor may advise volunteer and direct service staff in response to the management of an inmate. The intern, under the direction of the site supervisor, may provide consultation to administrative staff on matters related to the workplace. The intern may provide psychoeducational services to service staff and inmates alike.

The responsibilities of the intern, through the discretion of the site supervisor, are divided into primary, secondary, and tertiary duties and responsibilities. Primary duties include: psychotherapy (individual and group); monitoring chronically mentally ill inmates on psychotropic medication; consultation with medical, support, and custodial staff on treatment and programming matters; providing psychological evaluations and assessment; providing crisis and suicide intervention services; writing psychological evaluations and reports as required; and consistent with the Department of Corrections policy and professional ethics, maintaining appropriate documentation for services rendered. Secondary duties and responsibilities may include: participation in professional development activities; planning, directing, and coordinating special programs when applicable; and providing screening, orientation, and staff training. Tertiary duties and responsibilities may include: serving on appropriate committees; conducting research when necessary; and assisting in special projects when applicable.

To learn more about NOCC, go to www.doc.state.ok.us

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