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: 816-512-7128
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: Rhiannon Adams
Chief Psychologist: Rhiannon Adams
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2020
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: 26441
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
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 Students
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: 11/15/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants are invited to half-day onsite interviews in groups that include review of program, tour of facility, and individual interviews with various faculty members. Invitees are provided choice of approximately 8 dates during December and January. All invitations are offered by email. Group interview dates are acquired by contacting the department secretary (by phone). Alternatives to onsite interviews can be arranged if travel is prohibitive.

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
Canadian Citizenship 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
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 internship program at the Center for Behavioral Medicine consists of four positions.

The training year is divided into two rotations and one concentration. Rotations are 6 months in length. For their concentration, which extends throughout the year, interns choose either Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and spend one and one-half days per week developing competencies/refining skills in that particular area of treatment. 

The two six-month rotations are Forensic/Clinical-Inpatient Adult Competency Restoration and Forensic Assessment-Outpatient Adult Forensic Services.  Interns will gain experience with dually diagnosed, severely and persistently mentally ill, and cognitively disabled populations.

On the Forensic/Clinical-Inpatient Adult Competency Restoration rotation, interns will provide individual and group therapy/competency education services. In addition, they will perform regular formal assessments of patients’ progress and adjust treatment interventions to target specific psycholegal deficits. In outpatient Forensic Services, interns will perform psychological evaluations of adjudicative competency and complete written reports for the courts. 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.

All interns participate in didactic seminars and other training activities one-half day per week.


*As of July 1, 2020 Dr. Coral Muñoz will be  the Training Director and Dr. Jon Torres will serve as the Assistant Training Director.



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