Clinical Psychology Training Program

Introduction and Context

The mission of Hartford Hospital and The Institute of Living (IOL), Hartford Hospital's Division of Psychiatry, is to promote, restore, and maintain the health of all people we serve. The Institute of Living, a teaching hospital founded in 1822, is one of the nation’s foremost psychiatric facilities. The Institute contains 110 inpatient beds, as well as a school, adult and child outpatient clinics, and partial hospital and intensive outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse treatment programs. We are a tertiary care hospital and many of the patients coming to the IOL have had several psychiatric hospitalizations with a large number of patients who have severe and persistent mental illness. The setting includes 35 acres of historic and finely landscaped grounds less than a mile from downtown Hartford, geographically located midway between New York and Boston.

In 1994 The Institute of Living, then functioning as a private psychiatric hospital, was consolidated with Hartford Hospital (a major teaching hospital and long-time neighbor) further enriching this training environment. In 2011 Hartford Healthcare became the parent corporate structure for Hartford Hospital, which includes the integration of a system of health care consisting of several hospitals, physician practices, a visiting nurses association, laboratories, etc. The Department of Psychology is a section of the Department of Psychiatry. All psychologists are appointed to the Active medical staff and hold voting privileges within the Psychiatry Department. The Institute of Living retains its name and board and has been ranked over the past few years in US News and World Report as one of the top psychiatric services in the United States. The Psychology section has full financial support from the Department of Psychiatry and Hartford Hospital. Currently we employ approximately 50 psychology staff and 18 interns/fellows at Hartford Hospital.
The first psychologists at The IOL were appointed in 1936 and we have had an APA-accredited Internship since 1957 (one of the oldest and longest accredited program for psychologists in the USA). The Postdoctoral Residency Program was accredited through APA in 2005 as a traditional psychology practice program. It is the mission of Psychology to hire and retain staff and trainees who will provide high quality treatment and assessment services to all patients as needed in the Hartford HealthCare System, and for the Director of Psychology and Training to be responsible for providing training in Clinical Psychology. All of the training programs are funded by Hartford Hospital. While there is no one academic umbrella for The IOL, many Psychologists hold one or more appointments at neighboring or distal Universities, including UCONN Health Center and UCONN, Yale University, the University of Hartford, and Wesleyan University. Some of the staff teach psychology courses at the undergraduate or graduate level throughout the Connecticut area. We also have a number of practicum students from doctoral programs throughout the New England area, as well as volunteers and summer externs.

Substance Use/Screening

The prevalence of drug use in today's society has received widespread recognition. In response to recent nationwide trends among both corporate businesses and hospital communities, the Institute has recognized the need to establish clear drug use policies for its employees. In light of this concern, the hospital has instituted a confidential drug testing procedure for all new employees. The hospital's Employee Assistance Program has requested that all departments notify prospective applicants of this procedure. Testing via urinalysis will occur prior to the residency start date with employment contingent upon the results.

Onboarding Benefits

Pre-Employment Screening

After matching/acceptance of an offer the applicant must complete the Hartford Hospital new employee application process prior to starting in September, which includes completing a written application, TB test, physical examination, and a drug screen. Applicants who will be training at Connecticut Children's and in child and adolescent areas will also need to have a criminal background check by the local police department.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applicants from various racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious, and cultural backgrounds as well as those with physical disabilities.

Training Format

Trainees will work 12 consecutive months, 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday. A total of 1960 hours will be spent in direct service, indirect service, didactic training, and supervision. Out of the 1,960 total hours, trainees are required to provide a minimum of 40% on direct service.

Benefits and Liability Insurance

Trainees will be offered paid (partially subsidized by the hospital) enrollment within the hospital’s health insurance and/or dental insurance programs and are covered by the organization’s liability insurance during their temporary twelve (12) months of employment (applicable Summary Plan Descriptions for further details regarding service, cost, and plan administration can be found on the Hartford Hospital Intranet and orientation packet). Since Trainees are employed by the hospital for their temporary twelve (12) months of employment, they are covered and must comply with all policies of the hospital, including but not limited to grievances, anti-harassment, and performance expectations. Trainees can access these policies during the hospital’s orientation process and in full through the Hartford Hospital website.

Paid Time-Off and Holiday Pay

Trainees receive three weeks of paid time off and five sick days as well as six national holidays. Trainees request time off from their primary supervisor and if approved then is reviewed by the Director of Psychology and Training. Trainees are not permitted to take extended time off during the month of August.


Housing is provided by the trainee.

Accreditation Status

Psychology Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next internship reaccreditation visit will be in 2023; post doc will be in 2022.

For information pertaining to APA accreditation, please contact:

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Tel: 202.336.5979
Fax: 202.336.5978