Compass Health – Odessa

Odessa, MO

Raymore, MO

Match#: 192527

Intern Positions: 1

Interns at this site will spend three days each week at the office in Odessa, Missouri. Two days per week will be spent at the office in Raymore, Missouri which is located approximately 49 minutes away from Odessa. At these locations interns do traditional outpatient therapy with individuals, couples, and families; psychological assessments; and triage for walkins.

Primary experiences at this site include:

  • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Couples, Family)
  • Assessments
  • Triage

Since interns spend time at two Compass Health locations, they are reimbursed for mileage between the two sites. An average of 20 intervention hours per week is expected and a minimum of ten psychological evaluations are completed during the training year. Not all interns decide to participate in the same learning experiences or supervision opportunities. Psychology Interns at Compass Health sites utilize both hands-on training as well as web-based training programs. The agency offers a full training library of web-based programs for the interns and staff to access as they are able based on their licenses/interests. Interns are provided with their own office space complete with computer and access to the internet and printer. Each location is equipped with the testing and training materials necessary for the interns to complete the requirements of their training year. Odessa is located only 30 minutes east of Kansas City so offers great opportunity for entertainment and activities. However, it should be noted that it is approximately 2.5 hours from Springfield, Missouri where interns must travel to monthly didactics. Due to the distance, interns at this location will be provided with some travel reimbursement considerations for monthly didactic training.

Due to regulations for Compass Health, incoming interns are required to attend orientation prior to their internship start date. Orientation includes a general introduction to the organization, customer care, and Information Technology information (such as the Essential Learning trainings throughout the year), CALM training (restraint and seclusion), NIMS training (disaster training for emergencies or evacuation), and a day covering the Stop and Think program (evidence based program for working on the pre-adolescent unit).  Compass Health only interns have multiple orientation date options to choose from. General orientation for Compass Health is conducted in Clinton, MO (approximately 1 hour from Odessa) each week. Interns in this position may choose which orientation they wish to attend based on their available schedule. Depending on scheduling, interns may also choose to attend the general orientation in Columbia, MO (approximately 1 hour 20 min from Odessa) on the second or fourth weeks of each month or in Rolla, Missouri (3 hours from Odessa) on the first full week and the third week of every month. Orientations are not conducted on weeks split between two months. Interns will be reimbursed at least $250 for travel expenses related to attending this orientation. Cost reimbursements above and beyond $250 are subject to site approval.

For more information about services provided at these locations see the following links:

Odessa
Raymore

Our Supervisors

Primary Supervisors

Tosha Larson, Ph.D.
*Supervisor for interns at sites in Raymore and Odessa, MO

Dr. Larson is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri. She has had training and experience in a variety of settings, including community mental health, university counseling, residential treatment, inpatient, and private practice. She has developed specialty interest in psychological assessment, working with children and adults. Her current work focuses primarily on comprehensive psychological assessment of intellectual and cognitive processing, academic achievement, disability determination, autism spectrum, mood, anxiety, and personality. Further, in her training, she has had the opportunity to provide supervision to advanced doctoral and master level practicum students. She has also had experience providing individual, family, group, couples, and career counseling. Additionally, she is passionate about issues of diversity, activism, and social justice, and especially enjoys working with the LGBTQ community. Her theoretical orientation includes a combination of person-centered, CBT, and multicultural, and her research interests include positive psychology and gratitude.

Sean Sargent, Psy.D.
*Supervisor for interns at sites in Raymore and Odessa, MO

Dr. Sean Sargent earned his degree in Clinical Psychology in 2010 at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, completing his Masters en route (with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)). He completed his internship and post-doctoral residency at Burrell Behavioral Health. His training and experience have primarily consisted of community mental health settings. He has developed specialty interest in psychological assessment for children and adults, including diagnostic clarification, autism spectrum diagnoses, and disability determination evaluations. He has experience providing individual and couples counseling, utilizing primarily cognitive-behavioral therapies. Dr. Sargent has had the opportunity to provide supervision to advanced doctoral residents starting this year. His theoretical orientation emphasizes aspects of systemic and cognitive-behavioral approaches, while utilizing a multicultural lens to provide further understanding of his clients.

Example Schedule

Interns with Compass Health will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. No weekend work or after hours on-call is required. Interns at this location will spend three days per week at the office in Odessa and two days per week in the office at Raymore.

Site schedules are a general guideline and interns may be required to make themselves available at other times as needed.

Treatment Modalities

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

  • Assessment
  • Individual Intervention
  • Couples Intervention
  • Family Intervention
  • Consultation/Liaison
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Brief Intervention
  • Long-Term Intervention
  • Evidence-Based Practice
Supervised Experiences

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

  • Health Psychology
  • Women’s Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Assessment
  • Neuropsychology – Adult
  • Neuropsychology – Child
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Forensics/Corrections
  • Multicultural Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Supervision
  • Empirically-Supported Treatments
  • Public Policy / Advocacy
Patient Populations

Most of our clients served are Caucasian, chronically mentally ill, and/or lower SES. Some locations closer to larger cities also serve a diverse range of ethnic groups, with higher levels of education and SES. We serve the lifespan with respect to therapy and assessment. The following table shows a breakdown of some patient demographics across the entire Compass Health agency:

Patient Demographics
Total number of clients (agency wide)

175,000

Elderly

10%

Adults

40%

Adolescents

20%

Children

30%

African American

10%

Caucasian

70%

Hispanic/Latino

5%

Asian/Pacific Islander

3%

American Indian/Alaska Native

2%

Multiethnic or None of the Above

10%

Patients at our locations often have to deal with barriers such as transportation, cost, and childcare. Typically, our areas served do not have public transportation, and thus the cost of a vehicle and gasoline, as well as car insurance, can cause difficulty. In addition, many of our clients do not have access to affordable childcare, which is also a barrier to them receiving treatment. Most commonly seen diagnoses at this office location include ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, PTSD, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, various personality disorders, variety of psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Families
  • Inpatients
  • Outpatients
  • LGBTQI+
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Spanish-Speaking
  • Students
  • International Students
  • Rural
  • Low Income
  • Homeless