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Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology

Beatrice State Developmental Center


Match Code - 141611

3000 Lincoln Street
Beatrice, Nebraska 68310
402-223-6600   1-800-430-5755
Fax 402-223-7546

Training Director

Shawn Bryant, Psy.D.
Phone: 402-223-6179

About the Facility

Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) is a 24-hour state and federally funded residential treatment facility dedicated to the provision of specialized psychological, medical, and developmental supports to persons with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities. BSDC is divided into five individually licensed Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with ID/DD (ICF-ID/DD) within the larger campus area. Although historically BSDC has provided services to individuals of all ages, the current population consists of young adults, adults, and geriatrics. Supports are provided in residential, vocational, and other community based settings. Residential treatment provides support to approximately 130 individuals with mild, moderate, severe, or profound intellectual disabilities, most of whom have coexisting conditions or issues including serious mental illness, behavior disorders, physical disabilities, and severe medical impairments.

The large campus is similar in appearance to most colleges and includes many buildings and structures nestled in mature trees and beautiful landscaping. Among the individuals' homes are also social activity centers, a café, a thrift store, a salon, a gift shop, a greenhouse, a softball field, a gym, a swimming pool, a chapel, and two nature trails, along with other amenities. In addition to those, BSDC also houses a public health clinic and dental clinic which provides services to individuals on campus as well as to individuals with developmental disabilities in communities throughout the state.

About the Town

BSDC is located on the eastern edge of Beatrice, Nebraska. Beatrice is a rural town of about 13,000 with a friendly and safe atmosphere. There is no shortage of conveniences and leisure activities. Amenities Beatrice offers include: a water park, the YMCA, fitness centers, a country club, several golf courses, several bike trails and nature trails, many public parks, a number of commercial shopping locations, several options for night life, two movie theaters, a community theatre, and a variety of restaurants including many unique family-owned establishments, among many others. Activities available include softball, baseball, bowling leagues, open air markets, festivals, attending car races at the race track, and many others. The public school system is noted for good performance on state examinations, excellent sports teams, and superb training in the arts. Beatrice is located about 30 minutes south of Lincoln, a much larger city that is the home of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and offers many additional activities.

Clinical Training

The Behavior Support Team (formerly known as the Psychology Department) consists of several Psychologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and several other support professionals with various specialized training and interests. The Behavior Support Team (BST) utilizes a scientist/practitioner model with a behavioral orientation for service provision. Client training and treatment programs are primarily behavioral and utilize aspects of applied behavior analysis and discrete trial training techniques. A licensed psychologist supervises interns. However, supervision is also available from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst if an intern wishes to pursue that certification as well. Additionally each intern is provided with mentorship from other BST members as deemed appropriate by virtue of specific internal placements. Supervision will be a minimum of 2 hours per week. However, the BST is a relaxed team that often uses "water-cooler consultation," with the result that the intern typically has contact with multiple team members daily. The training orientation supports different learning styles and uses observation, modeling, and didactics in order to encourage more independent, responsible, and ethical practice. These experiences occur in conjunction with exposure to special populations, problems, and interventions through readings, seminars, and participation in applied research.

Two internship positions are available each calendar year, beginning in August. Interns perform duties similar to those performed by staff psychologists and behavior analysts, with increasing expectations and functions as they become proficient in the specific service delivery methods. Although initially interns begin their placement by shadowing and observing fellow BST members, they rapidly move to more independent, active participation in the interdisciplinary team process. Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to: clinical consultation on all therapeutic services; assessment of cognitive, learning, and behavioral skills with corresponding reports; development and implementation of behavioral and functional assessments; design and implementation of behavioral interventions; provision of direct therapeutic interventions and group or individual therapy; crisis intervention; and serving on interdisciplinary teams.

An Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (IDT) approach is used at BSDC. Members from relevant disciplines work side-by-side, weekly, if not daily, to improve the quality of life for individuals across campus. Prior to treatment, professionals from various disciplines (e.g., medicine, psychology, education, psychiatry, speech/language pathology, physical/occupational therapy, dietary, recreational therapy, vocational rehabilitation, and home staff) complete evaluations in their area of expertise. These evaluations provide essential information necessary for the IDT to discuss, develop, and implement comprehensive treatment programs tailored to the needs of those who live at BSDC.

A psychology internship at BSDC typically involves assignment to a specific ICF on campus as a psychologist in training, as well as filling a behavior analyst role in one or two homes. These assignments provide interns an opportunity to work intimately with individuals whose needs are ongoing. These individuals have intellectual disabilities and may have other coexisting medical, behavioral, or psychiatric conditions. By the end of the internship year, the intern would function as the primary psychological service provider to this group of individuals, as well as the primary behavior analyst service provider.

Research Training

Each intern is required to develop and provide a presentation to the BST. This may be achieved through independent ongoing research at BSDC, a dissertation, or other presentations as agreed upon with the internship supervisor. If any ongoing research is currently under development by the BST, the intern may wish to participate in the study and is encouraged to do so.


The two BSDC interns share a large office and each has an individual computer with intranet and internet access, as well as a cell phone. Although not guaranteed, interns may also request to attend state, regional, or national conferences at the expense of the state. Interns receive a stipend of approximately $16.00 per hour for 40 hours per week. This figure is variable, as it is determined by the state legislature in determination of staff salaries. Internships at BSDC are for 50 weeks (2000 clock hours). Although interns do not accumulate sick or vacation time and have no paid holidays, they may be able to adjust their schedules for days off. All additional benefits will be determined by the BSDC Human Resources Department.

Employment will be contingent on satisfactory completion of a background check and drug test.

Past Interns

Previous interns at BSDC have gone on to obtain positions in ICFs, public schools, private practice, community mental health, medical/hospital settings, and academic departments. Several interns have accepted positions at BSDC. Additionally, following completion of the doctoral internship, several interns have gone into postdoctoral fellowship programs as well as psychology staff positions in a variety of settings.

BSDC holds open house events before interviews.

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