Clark Community Mental Health Center
Clark Community Mental Health Center - Pierce City, MO
Match # 192513
Internship positions available: 2
The mission of the Clark Community Mental Health Center is “Moving Forward, Improving Lives and Communities, through Compassionate Care.”
About Our Site
Clark Community Mental Health Center is a CCBHC and an Administrative Agent for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, providing comprehensive mental health and substance use treatment to residents in a rural, three county area. With outpatient counseling offices in four communities, the Clark Center makes ease of access to care a top priority. All offices have been built or renovated in the last 10 years.
The office where the intern will be housed is located in Monett, Missouri. Monett, located within an hour of Springfield and Joplin, two lakes and other outdoor hotspots is the largest community in the three-county service area. Though Monett’s population is only 9000, the town has an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 in town during the day due to the blue-collar and white-collar jobs Monett has to offer.
Monett and surrounding communities, though still predominantly Caucasian, benefit from a growing Hispanic population. Numerous authentic Mexican restaurants and grocery stores are available to the public.
Clark Community Mental Health Center is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.
The Clark Center experience allows interns to provide individual and/or group treatment to individuals struggling with a wide array of behavioral health disorders. As would be expected in an outpatient, community mental health setting, individuals most often present with depression and anxiety, but it is not uncommon for interns to be exposed to individuals presenting with psychotic features, severe co-occurring disorders, and personality disorders.
If the intern expresses interest in any particular cultural group (i.e. impoverished, Hmong, Karen, Hispanic, gay or lesbian, physical disability, faith-based) referrals are directed to that intern.
The Clark Center is flexible when it comes to scheduling activities of interns and providers. Though normal operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, many counselors prefer to work four 10 hour days. The intern will be assigned opportunities to complete clinical interviews for assessment and be scheduled for individual and group counseling sessions. The intern can also expect to be able to observe providers perform EBPs like EMDR and PCIT. Of course interns will have scheduled supervision meetings but can expect to communicate with the supervisor between meetings as needed.
APPIC Training Experiences
Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC)
(1% to 20%)
(21% to 30%)
(31% to 49%)
Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):
(1% to 20%)
(21% to 30%)
(31% to 49%)
|Serious Mental Illness||X|
|Substance Use Disorders||X|
The most commonly diagnoses seen at these locations include:
Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):
|Number of Counties Served||3|
|Total Number of Clients Served||3407|
Site Training Director
Richard Brewer, Psy.D.
Dr. Brewer, the Training Director at the Clark Center, received his master degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois and his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. His pre-doctoral internship was completed at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners and his post-doctoral residency was completed at Family Institute of the Ozarks. Dr. Brewer’s theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral. Before coming to the Clark Center, Dr. Brewer was a professor of psychology for 33 years.
Melissa Ussery, Psy.D.
Dr. Ussery received her master and doctorate degree at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. Before joining the Clark Center, Dr. Ussery served as the Director of Mental Health services for the Greene County Sheriff’s office, the largest sheriff’s office in the State with the third largest jail in the State of Missouri. She often has been called on to serve as a forensic expert regarding in-custody deaths as well as jail policies and procedures.
Matt Costley, Psy.D.
Dr. Costley received his master and doctorate degree at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. Before joining the Clark Center, Dr. Costley served as a behavior health consultant for Cox Health, one of the largest healthcare providers in Southwest Missouri. Prior to that experience he worked at a number of counseling and assessment centers. Dr. Costley is EMDR Level II trained.
Life in Monett, MO
Monett is far from a typical rural town. Instead of being a bedroom community to a larger city, it is the home of many businesses. Monett, whose motto is Pride and Progress, is the home of many flourishing companies. Monett is the home base of Jack Henry and Associates, a computer banking software company, that employees 1000 people in Monett alone. While other communities are closing small hospitals, Cox Monett is opening a new hospital in 2020. Though no commercial flights are available to and from Monett, due to business activity, Monett has the sixth busiest airport in Missouri.
Monett is busy during the day and has many fast food and authentic Mexican restaurant options. One need only to travel an hour to experience nightlife activities in Springfield or Joplin or just a little over an hour to enjoy the many Branson, MO activities. Monett is the ideal location for those who like outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, boating or hunting as two lakes and Roaring River State Park are all just an hour away.
Salary, Benefits, and Support
Salary for the 2020-2021 Training Year: $30,000
Benefits provided at this site include:
- 112 hours PTO for vacation/sick
- 24 hours of Professional Development
- Professional liability insurance
- Health insurance at NO cost for the employee
- Vision, dental, life insurance available paid by employee
- Cafeteria plan
Clark Center observes the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Election Day (Presidential elections only)
- Veteran’s Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
- Birthday — Individuals take one day off for their birthday in the month of their birthday.
More information about the Support and Benefits offered in each of our regions can be found here.
Clark Center requires background checks and drug tests on all incoming interns.
All employees of the Clark Center are required to pass a drug screen and pass a background check before starting employment. Individuals taking medications that may cause a positive screen must be able to produce a valid prescription. A positive screen for marijuana will prevent employment even if its use has been medically recommended.
Background checks may prevent employment if the record shows activities disallowed by the DMH. Individuals taking medications that may cause a positive screen (stimulants, benzodiazepines, opiates) must be able to produce a valid prescription. A positive screen for marijuana will prevent employment even if its use has been medically recommended.
Intern Selection Process
Clark Center looks for interns who possess the following characteristics:
- Basic philosophy/mission statement of people-helping/counseling
- Ability to establish rapport
- Good, basic empathic skill
- Ability and willingness to be a part of a team and be collegial
- Willingness to engage in collaborative supervision
- Open to being challenged and willing to learn and grow
- Aware of personal value system, but not imposing it on others
- Non-judgmental – open to discussion and consideration of other viewpoints without engaging in debate or disapproval
- Willingness to apply the same expectations on self as one has for his/her clients
All applicants will be reviewed by the Director of Clinical Training and the Director of Outpatient services. These individuals will review the applicant cover letter and the reasons for selecting Clark Center, transcript, resume, personal philosophy/mission statement of counseling, and references. These individuals will also be in charge of conducting all applicant interviews.
In order to reduce the travel expense associated with interviewing, all participating NPTC sites participate in a Universal Interview day in Springfield, Missouri. Interviews can also be arranged at other times and places and Skype interviews are also possible. Please be aware that on-site tours are not a part of this interview process. However, some sites may approve a site tour at a later date if requested by the prospective intern. The ability or inability to attend a site tour at another time will not impact match rankings and this is not an option available at all locations.
Central Region Sites
- Burrell Behavioral Health Center
- Clark Community Mental Health Center
- Compass Health
- Family Psychological Center
- Royal Oaks Hospital
- Truman Medical Centers