Department : Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1391
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Department: Counseling Services
Address: UMKC Counseling Services
5110 Oak Street
Suite 201
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Kansas City, MO-KS
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 816-235-5248
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Teresa Huff-Pomstra
Chief Psychologist: Arnold Abels
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/08/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns receive 4 weeks (160 hours) of undefined leave time. Eligible to purchase group medical, dental and vision insurance for self and family as well as disability and life insurance; use of many university facilities; low-cost gym membership; and university holidays. Weekly time is designated to work on dissertation, if needed, and for those anticipating taking the EPPP soon after graduation, study materials are provided.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are involved in a variety of activities, which will vary by the day. The activities include individual/group/crisis counseling, initial consultations, & Mind Over Mood workshops; outreach and consultation, testing and assessment, and supervision of a practicum trainee; the interns receive individual and group supervision, a special focus rotation, and a number of meetings and training seminars to support professional development.
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: 12/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2024, 01/05/2024, 01/09/24, 01/10/2024, 01/11/2024, 01/16/2024, 01/17/2024
Interview process description:

Applicants are contacted by email informing them of their application status and those selected to interview will be invited to do so through Zoom. Interviews take place from early to mid-January and last approximately two hours. The process includes a 45-50 minute semi-structured interview with a committee and one-on-one meetings with the Training Director and a current intern. All matched candidates are required by the university to pass a criminal background check prior to starting the internship.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: In the past number of years, interns' home academic programs have included University of California Santa Barbara, Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oklahoma State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of North Texas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Kansas, Texas A & M University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Biola Rosemede School of Psychology, Western Michigan University, University of North Dakota, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Ball State University.
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: No
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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 25
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 Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-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 overall goal of the internship at UMKC Counseling Services is to prepare competent, culturally sensitive professionals with knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for successful employment as practicing health service psychologists. Our Developmental-Apprentice-Practitioner (DAP) model emphasizes purposeful, developmental, challenging, hands-on experiences with mentorship and increasing autonomy throughout the year. We view our interns as colleagues and enjoy getting to know them as individuals. We value diversity and incorporate it into all aspects of training. Furthermore, diversity is reflected in the clients seen at our agency with a large non-traditional population of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds, and social identities  who are in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs (e.g., law, medical, dental, pharmacy). While many students do present with developmental concerns, our clients often present with significant mental health issues. Interns engage in the delivery of traditional counseling services in an urban university setting including individual, and group therapy as well as outreach and consultation. In addition, interns participate in year-long seminars and direct experience in multiculturalism and supervision of trainees. Our model allows our interns the flexibility to individualize their experience through special focus rotations each semester; examples include eating disorders, administration, outreach, or special populations. Please visit our website for a complete program description.

The UMKC Counseling Services uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship Form.  Included should be three letters of reference (must be from individuals with direct knowledge of your academic and clinical performance), and they should use the APPIC Standardized Reference Form. 


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other: Outreach, alcohol/substance use evaluations, special focus rotations.


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

Our internship offers experiences in outreach, multicultural/diversity opportunities, exposure to assessment to address learning difficulties, including conducting testing, supervision of practicum trainees, and flexibility with specialty rotations to fit interns' needs.

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: 52 29 29 26 32 14 24
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 32 20 29 25 30 7 22
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 1 2 2 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 1 0 0 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 0 1 1 1 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2 1 1 1 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 0 0 5 5 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 4 10 44 10 5 2 0
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 1
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0