Program Information: NKC Schools

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2421
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Kansas City School Psychology Internship
Department: NKC Schools
Address: 2000 NE 46th Street
Kansas City , Missouri 64116
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Kansas City, MO-KS
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 816-663-0816
Fax:
Email: pamela.august@nkcschools.org
Web Address: https://www.nkcschools.org/Page/4573
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.nkcschools.org/cms/lib/MO49000025/Centricity/Domain/2977/2021-22_brochure_KCSPI.pdf
Primary Agency Type: School District
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
  • School District
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Pamela August
Chief Psychologist: Pamela August
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/08/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Follows school calendar August-May, including winter and spring breaks. Summer months (June-July) offer choice of rotation sites and some flexible scheduling. Use of MacBook Air during school year. Potential to attend state and local conferences.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site During the school year, each intern is assigned an elementary school as a primary site. They work as part of their school team, and are encouraged to develop rapport and professional relationships with building staff. Interns manage the evaluations for their school, and consult with teachers, administrators, and other professionals regarding individual students and class or school-wide initiatives. Interns complete cases and assignments at other district sites as need to fulfill their individual training goals. During the summer months (June-July) interns spend their time at either a pediatric psychiatric hospital or an outpatient developmental clinic, where they engage in a variety of therapeutic and assessment activities in a clinical setting. With close supervision and mentoring, interns gain more experience providing individual, group, family therapy, and family consultation to clients.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 12/06/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified by email if selected for an interview. We continue to use a virtual interview format to ensure equitable access to all applicants, but we will make every effort to ensure that trainees have opportunities to meet with staff, current or former interns, and learn about the NKC experience.  Individual interviews will take place in January. Interviews will consist of a formal interview with 2-3 interviewers and a chance to talk informally with one or more current interns. We also provide an online group meeting to learn about the careers of former interns. Our tentative interview dates are set for January 13th and 27th 2022.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Fordham University, Duquesne University, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Connecticut, University of California - Riverside, University of Northern Colorado, Texas Woman's University, Northern Illinois 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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Not Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited 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

Our program uses the competencies developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the American Psychological Association (APA) as guides and evaluation tools. Interns improve their skills through general experience and individualized growth plans that they create in consultation with their supervisor.  

Intern activities and assignments are determined based on the intern’s personal goals, and areas of competence that are determined appropriate for further development by their supervisor. We consider it equally important that interns become well-rounded practitioners, and that they develop areas of specialty. As such, regular check-ins take place during supervision, and interns play an important role in determining their cases and assignments. Intern experiences are guided closely by individualized growth plans that they develop in consultation with their supervisor. Cases, projects, or tasks are individually assigned to ensure opportunities for experience in each area.

During each quarter of the school year, the training focus shifts. Although these changes in activities are not clear cut and there is much overlap, the needs of the interns, and the students and families they serve, create several different phases of training. At the conclusion of the school year, interns move to a rotation at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, where they learn more intensive clinical interventions and therapies than are typically used in the school setting, and are focused on treatment of severe mental health concerns and children in crisis. 

The first 8-10 weeks of the year are focused on learning state regulations, eligibility requirements, response to intervention processes, and developing rapport and strong relationships with building staff through consultation. During the second quarter, interns work closely with their teams on evaluations and assessments, as well as continuing work on intervention supports. During the third quarter, interns are encouraged to take on more challenging cases, working with students with severe behavior, complex mental health needs, or other low-incidence concerns. They are also encouraged to share expertise with the district and community through trainings and presentations. In the fourth quarter of the school year, the focus shifts to wrapping up cases and further developing areas of expertise. Interns are encouraged to consider what unique skills or training they have, and how they want to shape their career paths.

During the summer months, our interns are exposed to a very different setting during their rotation in a clinical setting. We offer training for June and July at either Crittenton Children's Hospital, or the Child Study Clinic at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Interns gain further training in treatment and assessment of severe mental health problems or developmental concerns such as autism. They also increase their knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. Interns provide therapy and consultation during the summer rotations, and work with a team of highly trained clinicians in a medical model.

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: School-based prevention (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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: https://www.nkcschools.org/Page/4573  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
Number of Completed Applications: 4 9 15 18 22
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 4 7 15 18 15
Total number of interns: 2 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2 3 3 3 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 6 7 37
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 26 40 18 48
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 1 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 2 1 3 2 2
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 1 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 1 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0