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: https://dmh.mo.gov/about/human-resources