College/University Affiliations

Utah State Hospital provides educational experiences for Nursing, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, and Psychology students as well as Medical School residents from Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Weber State University, Utah Valley State College, College of Eastern Utah, and Salt Lake Community College.

Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Program


The mission of those in Psychological Services is to deliver excellent inpatient psychiatric care to those who suffer severe and/or chronic mental illness. Furthermore, we strive to provide high quality training to predoctoral psychology interns as they become integrated into the professional practice of psychology.

Intern Application Instructions

Download the Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program Manual. adobe pdf document

Training Philosophy

The Utah State Hospital's Psychological Services is committed to providing high quality graduate training in psychology which includes in-depth training and exposure to a variety of clinical and professional issues. The program provides interns with experiences that will make the transition from "student" to "professional" as smooth and orderly as possible. In addition to a general clinical training position, we also offer specialized areas of focus in developmental neuropsychology and law-related psychology. The internship is a training experience during which interns receive practical service-oriented experiences that add substantially to their academic training.

The Utah State Hospital psychology internship offers three full-time predoctoral internship positions. Interns are paid a stipend of $21,000. All internship positions are for an uninterrupted, 12-month period beginning July 1st and ending June 30th the following year.

The Utah State Hospital Psychology Department strives to provide an optimal working and learning environment for all faculty and interns stressing the importance of cultural and individual diversity in its internship training program. This includes a commitment to recruiting, retaining, and enhancing the growth of psychology interns and faculty to represent various aspects of diversity, including but not limited to age, color, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. To that end, the Utah State Hospital psychology department's goals regarding diversity are:

For additional information, please contact:

Ted R. Barratt Ph.D.
Director of Internship Training
Utah State Hospital
P.O. Box 270
Provo, Utah 84603-0270

Phone: (801) 344-4274

Social Work Internship Program

The Utah State Hospital Social Work Services is committed to providing high quality training in social work which includes an exposure to a variety of clinical experiences. The program accepts 13 social work graduate interns and 7 undergraduate interns each year. The undergraduates focus on case management type work with the patients. The graduate interns are very involved with their assigned patients' treatment planning and delivery of clinical services--individual and group therapy--as well as social histories. For more information, contact the Director of Social Work at

Recreation Therapy Internship Program

The Utah State Hospital Therapeutic Recreation Program is committed to providing high quality training in Therapeutic Recreation which includes an exposure to a variety of clinical experiences with ages ranging from children to older adults. The program accepts 6 professional interns per semester. The interns work directly with the unit Recreation Therapist and function as a member of the unit treatment team. All interns are supervised by a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) to meet college and NCTRC requirements. A small stipen is provided for all interns who complete their required hours. For more information please contact Scott Buys at 801 344-4447 or

Registered Nurse Clinical Rotation

Utah State Hospital includes treatment facilities for pediatrics, adults and forensic patients. Therefore, emphasis is placed on teaching nursing students to maintain personal safety, relationship security and therapeutic boundaries.

Orientation to the hospital as well as clinical rotations are offered for nursing students from Brigham Young University, Utah Valley Community College, University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Weber State University-Uintah Basin, College of Eastern Utah, and Provo College.

Utah State Hospital also provides a half day orientation and tour program to nursing students and faculty from Davis Applied Technical College

To schedule a tour or request additional information, please contact Barbara Peterson, at 801-344-4504 or e-mail

Occupational Therapy Internship Program

Internship Manual

The Utah State Hospital Occupational Therapy Department is committed to providing high quality training in occupational therapy, which includes an exposure to a variety of clinical experiences including work with the adult, forensics, and children's units. The interns work directly with the Occupational Therapy Student Coordinator, with other members of the occupational therapy team, as well as function as a member of the treatment team on several units throughout the hospital. Students will participate in Occupational Therapy programming to complete the number of hours required by their college and NBCOT specifications. For more information contract Rick Ericksen at 801-344-4125 or