Burrell – Columbia

Match # 192513 (Columbia, MO campus)

Internship positions available: 2

Burrell Columbia is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center located in Columbia, Missouri. Interns through our site will have an opportunity to gain professional experience performing a range of clinical duties, including, but not limited to, individual therapy, group therapy and diagnostic interviews with adolescent and adult clients in the psychological services department as well as Burrell Columbia’s assessment center, the point of entry for any individual in Boone County wanting to begin treatment with Burrell.

Interns will obtain experience with triage, counseling, and assessment for a variety of clients including those with severe and persistent mental illness, substance use disorders, and a range of anxiety, mood, thought, personality, and other psychological disorders. Interns will have the opportunity to gain experience learning about pre-surgery screenings, intelligence testing, independent living skills testing, and diagnosing autism in adults.

Interns through Burrell Columbia will be expected to carry a caseload of therapy clients, and to complete a minimum of six to ten diagnostic assessment interviews. Interns may also assist with test interpretation and report writing. Interns will attend weekly supervision, as well as twice monthly staff meetings and peer reviews, where they will be expected to actively participate in staffing their cases and providing consultation and feedback for their colleagues.

It should be noted that Columbia Missouri is 2 hours and 47 minutes away from Springfield where interns are required to attend monthly didactic training. All Burrell interns participate in a week-long orientation at the beginning of the training year. This orientation takes place at the main campus in Springfield, MO.

Our Supervisors

Primary Supervisors

Emily Crawford-Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Crawford-Thompson is a licensed psychologist for the state of Missouri. She genuinely enjoys helping people, and offers an empathetic, collaborative, and strengths-focused approach to assessment. She conducts comprehensive psychological assessments for adults, including assessments for adults suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is trained in the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and conducts assessments of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other mood, anxiety, cognitive, and thought disorders. She completes IQ testing, independent living skills testing, dementia screenings, and evaluations to determine readiness to participate in bariatric surgery and spinal cord stimulator procedures. Assessments include feedback with detailed recommendations for treatment and services, tailored to individual needs. Her theoretical orientation is Client-Centered and her research interests include PTSD and resilience from trauma.

Karen Shipley, Psy.D.

Dr. Shipley is a licensed clinical psychologist who has approximately 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She currently provides psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults in private practice. Dr. Shipley is also an adjunct faculty member for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. She has practiced as a DBT individual and group therapist, primarily with adolescents and caregivers, for approximately 15 years. Dr. Shipley was a faculty member for an APA-accredited internship program in New Hampshire and provided DBT supervision and training for pre- and postdoctoral students as well. She continues to provide consultation and training for various programs in Missouri, Vermont and California. Additionally, Dr. Shipley specializes in the following areas: pediatric psychology, grief and loss, self-harm and chronic suicidality, chronic and terminal illness, eating disorders, and trauma.

Treatment Modalities

Example treatment modalities for this rotation (as listed by APPIC):

  • Assessement
  • Individual Intervention
  • Consultation/Liaison
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Brief Intervention
  • Supervision of Practicum Students
  • Evidence-Based Practice
Supervised Experiences

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Assessment
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Counseling
  • Empirically-Supported Treatments
  • Supervision
  • Autism in Adults
Patient Populations

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Families
  • Outpatients
  • LGBTQI+
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired
  • Students
  • International Students
  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Low Income
  • Homeless
Intern Selection Process

Burrell Behavioral Health reviews applicaitons carefully with a team of administrators and clinicians to determine which applicants to bring in for interviews. The interview process typically includes at least four staff members (clinical and admin). Following all interviews, the selection committee convenes to share their thoughts and rankings of the applicants and a consensus is sought regarding which candidates to offer the slots. We typically look for evidence of good interpersonal skills and ability to connect rather quickly, previous clinical experience (practicum or other), and ability to provide reasonable answers to questions regarding theoretical orientation, evidence based practices, etc. Burrell Behavioral Health does conduct background checks on interns prior to orientation. Please see the Burrell main page for details on the background check requirements.