Department : Central Region

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1925
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: National Psychology Training Consortium
Department: Central Region
Address: 300 S. John Q Hammons Pkwy
Suite 205
Springfield, Missouri 65806
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Locations throughout Missouri and one location in NW Arkansas. See website for details.
Phone: 417-812-6495x
Fax: 816-301-6233
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Consortium
  • Private General Hospital
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
  • School District
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Angela King
Chief Psychologist: Dustin Brown
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 63
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/29/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 34
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 40000
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 are provided with three (3) days of professional development leave Interns are provided with at least seven (7) holidays, with many sites observing more Professional liability insurance for anyone not already covered by their school Access to Group Vision (Burrell, Compass Health, Royal Oaks, University Health) Access to Group Dental (Burrell, Compass Health, Royal Oaks, University Health) Access to life insurance (Burrell, Compass Health, Royal Oaks, University Health) Short-Term Disability (Burrell, Compass Health, Royal Oaks, University Health) Long-Term Disability (Burrell, Family Psychological Center, University Health) Access to Group Retirement with employer match: Burrell (no match), Compass Health (6% match), Royal Oaks (6% match), University Health (match .50 per $1 up to 8%) Cafeteria plans for medical and/or dependent care (Burrell, Compass Health, Royal Oaks, University Health) Employee Assistance Program (free short-term counseling for intern/family; Burrell, Compass Health, Royal Oaks, University Health) Licensure Assistance Program (Compass Health, Royal Oaks) 529 college savings (Burrell, University Health) Additional discounts and/or wellness incentives (Burrell, University Health)
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Intern daily schedules and experiences vary by site; however, most interns work normal daily hours (8am - 5pm) with some sites requiring evening on-call or weekend duties. In events that the schedule varies from the normal 8-5, the interns are comped time (come in later or receive a different day off when weekend duties arise). These requirements are laid out in the intern manual and discussed prior to internship so interns are aware of the expectations. While some sites place more emphasis on assessments (Royal Oaks), most sites provide regular outpatient therapy experiences with some assessment experience. A few sites (University Health and Royal Oaks Hospital) provide more or exclusive inpatient experience. All of the sites listen to the interests of the interns and try their best to individualize the internship experience (as much as is possible) to provide opportunities the interns request. More information about the sites can be found on our website.
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? Yes
Details of the above affiliations National Psychology Training Consortium is partially affiliated with both The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Pacific University School of Professional Psychology. These partial affiliations state that between equal candidates, students from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology or Pacific University School of Professional Psychology will be given preference. Interns from other programs will still be considered and are encouraged to apply.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 12/17/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/30/2023
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

The National Psychology Training Consortium requires that the AAPI Online application service be used by all applicants in order to be considered for our internship training program. Each of our regions is considered a separate application and each site within our regions is listed as a separate experience to which someone can choose to apply. For example, applicants will find the following three application options within AAPI:

  • National Psychology Training Consortium – Central Region
  • National Psychology Training Consortium – Great Lakes Region
  • National Psychology Training Consortium – Cascades Region
  • National Psychology Training Consortium - Cy-Hawk Region 

Our individual sites are then listed much like you would see “tracks” or “rotations” listed within other internships. You can apply to as many or as few of these opportunities as you choose within one regional application (i.e. you still only pay for three applications even if you apply to 14 different locations!). However, due to the limitations of the AAPI, only one cover letter can be submitted. In your cover letter for each region, please indicate all the sites you are applying to in separate paragraphs listing the various ways you are a good fit for each of them. Our sites are well accustomed to this practice and will not penalize anyone for mentioning other sites in their cover letter.

The following information is required:

  • Cover letter specifying the sites being applied to and why the intern is a good fit for each
  • APPIC AAPI as designated on the online application
  • Three letters of reference
  • One psychological evaluation report writing sample submitted as supplemental material.

NPTC hosted a Virtual Open House in September 2023 providing a general overview of the training program as well as more specific details about the Central Region. If you missed this opportunity contact to get access to the video recording links and find more information and resources from this event on our Virtual Open House page of our website.

Eligible applications are reviewed and ranked by a combination of NPTC staff and individual site directors. A select group of applicants are invited for interview. Notification of invitation to interview will be made by December 15th.

Interviews will be conducted separately by site in a virtual format. Applicants who are invited to interview will coordinate with each agency to schedule separate interviews based on site and applicant availability. Interviews will be provided on an individual basis and will last 30-60 minute depending on site.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University - Chicago Alliant IU/CSPP - Fresno Alliant IU/CSPP - Los Angeles Alliant IU/CSPP - San Diego Alliant IU/CSPP - San Francisco American Schl Prof Psych, Argosy - San Fran Bay Area Antioch University - Seattle Arizona School Professional Psych, Argosy - Phoenix Azusa Pacific University Ball State University Brigham Young University California Lutheran University Carlos Albizu University - Miami Campus Carlos Albizu University - San Juan Campus Central Michigan University Chaminade University / Hawaii School of Prof Psych Chatham University Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Chicago Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Washington D.C. Divine Mercy University Drexel University Fielding Graduate University Florida Institute of Technology Forest Institute of Professional Psychology Fuller Theological Seminary George Fox University George Mason University George Washington University Howard University Idaho State University Illinois School Prof Psych, Argosy - Schaumburg Indiana University - Bloomington Indiana University of Pennsylvania Jackson State University JFK School of Psychology at National University Kansas City University Loma Linda University Loyola University of Chicago Marywood University Midwestern University - Glendale National Louis Univ-Tampa / Florida School Prof Psychology Northern Arizona University Northern Illinois University Northwest University Nova Southeastern University Ohio State University Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University Pacific University Palo Alto Univ (formerly Pacific Grad Schl Psych) Ponce Health Sciences University Roosevelt University Spalding University Temple University Texas A&M University Texas Woman's University University of Alaska Joint Fairbanks / Anchorage University of California - Berkeley University of Cincinnati University of Detroit Mercy University of Georgia University of Hartford University of Houston - Clear Lake University of Indianapolis University of Iowa University of Kansas University of La Verne University of Missouri - St. Louis University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill University of North Dakota University of North Texas University of North Texas University of Northern Colorado University of Pittsburgh University of South Carolina University of South Dakota Wheaton College William James College Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology Wright Institute Wright State University Xavier 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: 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: Yes, by ranking deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 300
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 Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: NPTC-Central accepts applicants from non-APA accredited schools, but only those that have had or that have been approved for an APA site visit. Due to the requirements of the HRSA grant, any intern applicants for the IHC-Grant Funded positions must be citizens of the United States, a noncitizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate. Please note that this requirement only applies to the Grant-Funded specific positions with Burrell and Compass and not the general positions available at each of our sites. If you have any questions about eligibility for the program, please contact Katherine Dixon at Please note that travel to orientation and quarterly in-person didactics is required. Orientation will be two days in July and in-person Didactics will be one full day each quarter. All in-person events are held either in Springfield, Missouri or Jefferson City, Missouri. Applicants should review the map located on the NPTC website ( and make note of the distance between the site(s) they wish to apply and these locations. Some sites provide travel reimbursement considerations based on the distance between the main office and the didactic location. This is noted on the individual site pages on the website. Most NPTC Central Region sites require interns to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption prior to their start date. Many NPTC sites require background checks and drug screens prior to beginning the internship. Eligibility to begin internship, even after match, is contingent upon the intern passing these tests. If a matched intern fails to pass a background check or drug screen, NPTC reserves the right to withdraw the invitation to match with the intern. For more detailed information on which sites require background checks and what their specific requirements are, please see the individual site pages on our website.
Program Description

The National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is a collaborative consortium consisting of psychological service centers throughout the United States focused on provision of services in rural health care. NPTC-Central Region was founded in 2003 and is comprised of sites in central and southwest Missouri. NPTC-Central received ten years of APA Accreditation in 2022 with the next site visit occuring in 2032. NPTC-Central has been an APPIC member since 2004. The Administrative Office for NPTC is located in Springfield, Missouri.

NPTC seeks to train prospective psychologists in the integration of the discipline and practice of clinical psychology employing an empirically-informed competency-based practitioner-scholar model. The program provides experiences in clinical learning environments that are responsive to the diverse and changing needs of the human community. NPTC provides psychology interns the opportunity to take substantial responsibility for fulfilling major professional and psychological functions in the context of appropriate supervisory support and professional role modeling. NPTC also partners with various organizations including academic programs, community agencies, private hospitals, and independent practitioners to provide a graded, cumulative, and sequential training environment. The objective of the internship is to prepare entry-level practitioners to function effectively in a variety of mental health settings and to provide services to a variety of populations in rural health care.

NPTC believes that the competent practice of psychology requires an integration of scientific and professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Thus, NPTC’s internship training incorporates diverse psychological theories, approaches, and perspectives that are designed to prepare psychology interns for a broad range of professional roles and activities. The training program is also attuned to the continually expanding scope and evolving nature of the field and the likelihood that Clinical Psychologists will engage in multiple roles over the course of their professional careers.

NPTC is committed to promoting and infusing diversity into every facet of the training experience and is dedicated to providing Psychology Interns with opportunities to work with populations in a variety of settings that promote and provide necessary exposure to diverse populations and issues. In addition, NPTC recognizes the importance of multicultural awareness and competence in the provision of professional service and strives to prepare entry level practitioners to meet the needs of a progressively global and dynamic society.

NPTC Central Region member sites are located throughout the heart of the Ozarks – the home of beautiful lakes, rolling hills and a leisurely lifestyle. The weather is moderate with four distinct seasons that encourage diverse outdoor recreation all year long. Springfield is the state’s third largest city and the location of the NPTC main office. Many of our sites are within a half-day’s driving distance to other exciting cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City, Branson, and Tulsa, OK.

Applicants can apply to as many sites within the Consortium as they wish, and should be specific in your cover letter as to which site(s) you are applying and why you feel you are a good fit.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: Experience (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: Experience (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Experience (21% to 30%)
School: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Experience (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Experience (21% to 30%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: 71 62 104 97 148 157 147
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 57 49 103 90 144 154 133
Total number of interns: 15 16 27 24 30 40 36
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 15 16 27 24 30 40 36
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 6 10 8 8 11 12
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 10 10 17 16 22 29 24
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 14 14 24 17 26 31 30
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 1 7 4 4 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 2 0 0 4 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 60 91 115 149 38 108 154
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching: 1
Community mental health center: 11
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 7
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 1
Psychiatric facility: 1
Correctional facility: 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 11
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 5