Program Information: 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: 816-512-7246
Fax:
Email: lisa.witcher@dmh.mo.gov
Web Address: http://www.cbm-psychologytraining.com
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
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Lisa Witcher
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: 08/03/2020
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26441
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 and forensic evaluations & 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: 11/15/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Due to travel and safety restrictions, applicants are invited to interview with multiple faculty members via videoconferencing (Zoom, WebEx, Google Chats).  Invitees are provided choice of approximately 8 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, Illinois School of Prof Psy, Argosy- Twin Cities, Argosy-Schaumberg, University of North Dakota, University of St. Thomas
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: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 70
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 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:
Program Description

The training program has four full-time intern positions. The training year is divided into two six-month rotations and one six-month concentration.  The two six-month rotations are Forensic/Clinical-Inpatient (Units 3C and 3D) and Forensic Outpatient Services.  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 Units 3C and 3D, interns participate in the Competency Restoration Treatment Program/Track System by conducting individual and group therapy as well as competency education services.  They perform standardized assessments of patients’ progress and adjust treatment interventions to target specific areas.  Interns also spend six-months during their Forensic/Clinical-Inpatient rotation developing and refining clinical skills in Illness Management Recovery (IMR).

In Outpatient Forensic Services, 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.  Interns are encouraged to attend court and observe supervisors provide expert testimony.  Additionally, Interns provide clinical services to individuals on the Permanently Incompetent to Stand Trial (PIST) unit.

Center for Behavioral Medicine has implemented the practices recommended by the CDC, outlined below.  Where we could, our training program has implemented recommendations from APPIC; however, there are some limitations to the recommendations. Those limitations are as follows:

    • We will not be able to provide telehealth services.
    • Interns are essential employees and are therefore required to present to work for their full 40 hour work week.
    • Working from home is not an option for essential employees.

CBM has implemented the following practices for all employees:

    • All staff are required to wear surgical masks while in the building. These masks are provided by CBM.
    • All staff enter through one door, where they are screened for symptoms, including daily temperature readings.
    • Social distancing is being practiced among staff by having meetings via teleconference whenever possible.
    • New admissions to our facility enter a mandatory quarantine for a period of 2 weeks, where they are observed for symptoms prior to being admitted to the patient units.
    • Regular facility-wide sanitizing and cleaning following CDC guidelines.
    • Employees are being instructed to frequently wash and sanitize hands.

 The following protective measures are currently being implemented specifically for our psychology interns:

    • Only one unit is allowed to be off-unit at any given time, so as to decrease exposure between patients from different units.
    • Groups are taking place in large rooms so as to allow for social distancing.
    • All didactics and meetings have been moved to teleconference or large rooms to allow for social distancing.
    • Interns desk assignments allow for social distancing.

As of July 21, 2020, CBM has had two confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those individuals were diagnosed in March and June, and have since fully recovered. We have had no further confirmed cases of the virus among our staff or patients. We are hopeful that our practices will continue to keep both our patients and our staff safe. Please contact us with further questions.

As of July 31, 2020, Dr. Lisa Witcher will be the Training Director and Dr. Jon Torres will serve as the Assistant Training Director.

 

 

 

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender:
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
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

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
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)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
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%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
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%)
Research:
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site www.cbm-psychologytraining.com or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of Completed Applications: 43 49 70 40
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 37 39 65 36
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 6 7 13
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 34 48 25 24
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 5 2 5
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 1 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 2 0 2
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 1 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0