Compass Health – Wentzville

Match#: 192518

Intern Positions: 1

Interns at this position will spend all of their time at the office in Wentzville. At this location interns do traditional outpatient therapy with individuals, couples, and families; psychological assessments; and triage for walk-ins. 

Primary experiences at this site include:

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

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. Services provided range from brief individual, marital, or family counseling dealing with issues such as depression and anxiety to long-term care and support for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. 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. Wentzville is located only 40 minutes west of St. Louis, Missouri, so offers great opportunity for entertainment and activities. However, it should be noted that it is approximately 3.5 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 Wentzville. Interns may be reimbursed at least $250 for travel expenses related to attending this orientation if they have not yet moved to the area. Cost reimbursements above and beyond $250 are subject to site approval.

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

Wentzville

Our Supervisors

Primary Supervisors

Summer Johnson, Psy.D.

Lisa Putnam

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 all of their time in the office at Wentzville.

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