Department : Department of Psychiatry

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1393
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Center for Behavioral Medicine (formerly Western Missouri Mental Health Center)
Department: Department of Psychiatry
Address: 1000 E. 24th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Country: United States
Metro Area: Kansas City, MO-KS
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 816-512-7339
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 1973
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jon Torres
Chief Psychologist: Shawn Anderson Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 33914.40
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns engage in treatment groups; provide individual psychotherapy and supportive interventions; participate in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings; and complete psychological assessments, forensic evaluations, and other necessary documentation.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Optional
A Virtual Interview is:
Interview notification date: 12/05/2023
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Applicants are invited to interview with multiple faculty members via videoconferencing (Zoom, WebEx).  Invitees are provided a choice of approximately 11 dates during December and January.  All invitations are offered by email.  Phone interviews will be granted for applicants who are unable to connect via videoconferencing.  Our Program will be as flexible as possible to allow for time zone restrictions and technical difficulties.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: St. Louis University, Washington University, Spalding University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-KC, Texas Tech University, Xavier University, University of Denver, University of North Texas, Wichita State University, Florida State University, California School of Prof Psy, Chicago School of Prof Psy, University of North Dakota, University of St. Thomas, Pacific University, Georgia Southern University, University of Alabama, Baylor University, Sam Houston State University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Southern Mississippi
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 70
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Individuals who match with our program must pass a background check.
Program Description

The training program has four full-time intern positions. The training year is divided into two six-month rotations;  the Forensic Treatment (Inpatient Units) rotation and Forensic Evaluation rotation.  Interns gain experience with dually diagnosed mentally ill persons, severely and persistently mentally ill persons, and cognitively disabled persons, all of whom are involved with the legal system.

On the Forensic Treatment rotation, interns participate in the Competency Restoration Treatment Program/Track System by conducting individual and group therapy, competency education services, and psychological assessment.  They perform standardized assessments of patients’ progress and adjust treatment interventions to target specific areas.  Interns also spend six-months during this rotation developing and refining clinical skills in Illness Management Recovery. Additional training experiences are offered (as available), which may include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Social Skills for Schizophrenia, Anger Management, and Michael’s Game.

During this rotation, interns have one day per week dedicated to participating in court-ordered initial pretrial competency to stand trial evaluations and/or competency restoration evaluations.

On the Forensic Evaluation rotation, interns perform court-ordered evaluations of adjudicative competency and complete written reports.  Interns may participate in risk assessments, criminal responsibility assessments, and sexually violent predator evaluations (as available).  Interns are encouraged to attend court and observe supervisors provide expert testimony.  Additionally, interns provide individual and/or group clinical services to individuals on the units. 

Applicants: Individuals who match with our program must pass a background check in order to be hired as an Intern. Because CBM is a state facility, testing positive for ANY illicit substance is grounds for immediate termination. Please review the following for more specific information:

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: forensic

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other: competency restoration treatment


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 43 49 70 40 54 55 45
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 37 39 65 36 39 43 36
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 1 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3 3 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 4 3 4 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 6 7 13 8 20 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 34 48 25 24 28 37 21
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching: 1
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 2
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0