The internship program is located at the Robert J. Murney Clinic at Forest Institute, a training clinic associated with The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. The internship program provides a variety of training opportunities: individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults; pre-marital, marital, and couple therapy; family therapy; group therapy; psychoeducational groups; and psychological evaluations. In addition, Forest Institute is affiliated with other mental health facilities and community organizations in the greater Ozarks area that provide additional training opportunities.
Mandatory experiences include outpatient treatment, crisis intervention, assessment services, exposure to diverse clientele, community and outreach activities, program development and delivery, and education/consultation. Interns are also required to supervise beginning practicum students, while receiving intensive supervisor training. As their interests dictate, interns may assume teaching assigments in the academic program with The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. Additional experiences in administration, program development, and consultation can be elected.
As Forest Institute internship faculty maintain a strong focus on fostering the development of interns, supervision and training are priorities. Supervisor backgrounds and theoretical orientations are varied, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic-interpersonal, family systems, and primary care psychology. Exposure to empirically validated treatment models is valued and is incorporated in training and delivery of professional services. At the same time, understanding "self-as-instrument" is emphasized and becomes a focus in the intern supervision group. Moreover, internship faculty emphasize mentorship, encouraging intern-supervisor collaboration across a range of psychological functions, including teaching, supervising, consulting, assessment and psychotherapy.