Compass Health – Rolla
Intern Positions: 2
Interns at this site will spend one, two, or three days each week at the office in Rolla, Missouri. Amount of time spent outside of Rolla depends on other placements. At this location interns do traditional outpatient therapy with individuals, couples, and families; psychological assessments; and triage for walk-ins.
Additional time per week will be spent either at the office in Sullivan, an FQHC in Rolla, or a school within Rolla (all located within driving distance in Missouri). Experiences for these options include:
- Navig8 Adolescent Substance Abuse inpatient treatment— individual or family therapy, groups, and assessments.
- Rolla Wyman Elementary School rotation—brief interventions (20-30 minutes) of focused therapy with children; work with their families/school team; and sometimes perform/score/interpret assessments for them.
- Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)—Your Community Health Center (YCHC) is an integrated healthcare setting where interns provide consultation to primary care providers; brief interventions for clients (20-30 minute sessions); and the focus is behavioral management and lifestyle changes. Motivational interviewing and health psychology are used frequently with this population.
- Sullivan Pathways—this site is a similar to a mixture between Rolla Pathways and YCHC—it is an FQHC and will have some medical staff (such as dentists and psychiatrists), but interns do more outpatient work than behavioral health consultant work like at YCHC. Sullivan is approximately 40 minutes from Rolla.
Primary experiences at this site include:
- Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Couples, Family, Group)
- Assessment experiences
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
- Navig8 (inpatient adolescent substance abuse)
Training experiences at secondary sites include:
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
- School-based therapy
- Federally Qualified Health Center
Once matched, interns and the Training Director discuss rotation and experience preferences based on available positions. 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. It should be noted that Rolla is approximately 2 hours from Springfield, Missouri where interns must travel to monthly didactics.
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 Rolla, Missouri on the first full week and the third week of every month. Orientations are not conducted on weeks split between two months. Interns in this position may choose which orientation they wish to attend based on their available schedule. Interns will be reimbursed at least $250 for travel expenses related to attending this orientation. Cost reimbursement above and beyond $250 is subject to site approval.
For more information about services provided at these locations see the following links:
Michaela Beezley, Psy.D.
*Supervisor for interns at sites in Rolla, Cuba, Waynesville, Owensville, Salem, and Lebanon, MO
Dr. Beezley graduated in 2011 with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. She completed her internship at Compass Health (formerly Pathways Community Health) with National Psychology Training Consortium. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist she performs individual, family, and group therapy; interprets psychological assessments; educates individuals on navigating emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal instability through mindfulness, communication, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation; and facilitates multiple training workshops on relationships or substance abuse. Her research interests are eating disorders, health, and nutrition. Her theoretical orientation includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing.
Deborah R. Frost, Ph. D.
Vice President of Operations
*Supervisor for interns at sites in Rolla, Cuba, Waynesville, and Lebanon, MO
Dr. Frost began her tenure with Compass Health (formerly Pathways Community Health) in 2001 as a licensed Psychologist and more recently as the Director Special Projects. As the Vice President of Operations she oversees operations, program coordination, and community relations. In addition, Dr. Frost is responsible for forging the organization’s process between clinical service delivery and technology. She teams closely with senior managers in an effort to develop new business opportunities. Dr. McKee completed her Doctorate at West Virginia University and was classically trained in Behavioral Therapies and Geriatric Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at the Brockton VA/Harvard Medical School and specialized in Medical Psychology prior to relocating to Rural Missouri. She is published in several American Psychological Association texts and Periodicals in the areas of Geropsychology and Medical Psychology. She also serves as Vice President of the Anasazi Software National Alliance (ASNA).
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 one, two, or three days per week in the Rolla office and the rest of their time at external experiential locations. This schedule will vary based on intern interest and need.
Site schedules are a general guideline and interns may be required to make themselves available at other times as needed.
Example treatment modalities for this rotation (as listed by APPIC):
- Individual Intervention
- Couples Intervention
- Family Intervention
- Group Intervention
- Community Intervention
- Crisis Intervention
- Brief Intervention
- Long-Term Intervention
- Primary Care
- Evidence-Based Practice
Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):
- Health Psychology
- Women’s Health
- Eating Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Developmental Disabilities
- Neuropsychology – Adult
- Neuropsychology – Child
- Serious Mental Illness
- Anxiety Disorders
- Sexual Abuse
- Substance Use Disorders
- Multicultural Therapy
- Feminist Therapy
- Empirically-Supported Treatments
- Public Policy / Advocacy
- Program Development/Evaluation
- Integrated Health Care – Primary
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:
|Total number of clients (agency wide)||
|American Indian/Alaska Native||
|Multiethnic or None of the Above||
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 Disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, various personality disorders, variety of psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.
Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):
- Older Adults
- Ethnic Minorities
- International Students
- Low Income
Central Region Sites
- Burrell Behavioral Health Center
- Clark Community Mental Health Center
- Compass Health
- Family Psychological Center
- Greater Ozarks Rural Psychologists, LLC
- Ozark Center/Freeman Health Systems
- Royal Oaks Hospital