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 and northwest Arkansas. NPTC-Central received seven years of APA Accreditation in 2013 and our next site visit will be in 2022. NPTC-Central has been an APPIC member since 2004. The Executive Training 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.