Greater Ozarks Rural Psychologists, LLC

Message from Dr. Stacy Barham

Match # 192517

Internship positions available: 0  **Site Inactive for the 2018-2019 Training Year**

Greater Ozarks Rural Psychologists, LLC, is a group private practice located in Mansfield, Missouri approximately 50 miles east of Springfield. Mansfield is in a rural area with a population of 1,315 representing an eight county service region and provides services to more than 125 clients weekly. Three psychologists and one licensed psychologist provide services on-site using a blend of full-time and part time schedules. The mean income and education are less in this area than the average for the state of Missouri. The clients served are from a variety of backgrounds but generally include men, women, children, and families that have been in the rural area much of their lives.

The training goal at Greater Ozarks is to develop psychologists with strong therapeutic skills, knowledge of assessment and evaluation, and unquestionable ethics. Psychology Interns are trained and supported in a high quality generalist experience with unique opportunities to develop specialized skills. This site promotes a healthy workplace by encouraging interpersonal relationships with supervisors based on respect and the attitude that each can learn from the other. Interns are encouraged to voice their views in a professional manner so a team attitude can develop. Each member of the team assists the other team members when they have an opportunity and this further fosters a sense of unity in the office. There is an open door policy and time is set aside for professional development by offering trainings in a multitude of topics which opens up a dialogue between the psychologists and interns. Greater Ozarks is committed to the development of psychologists-in-training who can enter the profession as competent and ethical providers of psychological services.

Greater Ozarks Rural Psychologists is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.

Our Mission

The mission of Greater Ozarks Rural Psychologists is to change the world, one life at a time. Our motto “Growth Opportunities & Restore Peace” embraces the attitude that anything is possible with support, understanding, and responsibility.

Our Supervisors

Site Training Director
Loretta Fuge, Psy. D.

Dr. Fuge attended the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004 with a specialization in Neuropsychology for adults and children. She completed her residency with Home Court, a residential center for the developmental disabled and private practice located in Springfield, Missouri. She opened a private practice in 2005 in Mansfield with a partner until 2010 when she started her own clinic in Mansfield, her hometown. She continues to operate the private practice with two licensed Psychologists and two Licensed Professional Counselors. Additionally she has served for two years as the Clinical Director at Renovations, a treatment facility for those with a dual diagnosis; developmental disabilities and a psychiatric condition.  Dr. Fuge has more than 9 years experience working with individuals with developmental and autism spectrum disorders. She conducts psychological evaluations, individual and family therapy, and her research interests include attachment and developmental disabilities, truama, and developmental disabilities.

Primary Supervisors

Stacy Barham, Psy.D.

Dr. Barham attended the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2014. She works as a clinical psychologist at Greater Ozarks Rural Psychologists. She provides services to children, adolescents and adults on a variety of issues. She also provides services to individuals with intellectual disabilities across multiple settings, including in-home and in Independent Supported Living (ISL) facilities.

Training Opportunities
Interns provide comprehensive therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients employing a team approach, since services are coordinated with the referral sources when appropriate. The Psychology Intern provides individual, family, and group therapy and crisis interventions to clients. Psychological evaluations/assessments from a variety of referral sources will be provided by interns with specific interventions tailored to the client’s unique needs.

Case management of individuals is a component of practice in a rural area and interns seek out services for clients as needed and make appropriate referrals to resources required. Business administration is an area interested interns may be exposed to. Psychosocial groups with educational components are sometimes offered, and the interns are encouraged to develop, market, and conduct these groups under the supervision of the professional with expertise in the area. Interns will spend time in individual supervision which not only cover client cases, but also encourages outside journal review and discussion.

Example training opportunities:

  • Individual Child Therapy
  • Individual Adolescent Therapy
  • Individual Adult Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • School Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Substance Abuse / Addictions Treatment
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment
  • Administration/Business Management
  • Intake Evaluation
  • Learning Disability Evaluation
  • ADHD Evaluation
  • School Assessment
  • Forensic Assessment
  • Suicide Assessment
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Objective Assessment
  • Projective Assessment
  • Neuropsychology
Intern Selection Process
Interns would ideally have an interest working with rural families and their unique problems found in a rural area. The knowledge of providing services to individuals who experience social isolation, poverty, and lack of resources would serve the intern well. Interns should have a good understanding of developmental psychology as the intern will be working with children and adolescents predominately. However, possessing knowledge of the life cycle of individuals, biological processes, and psychopharacology will benefit the intern in providing services to underserved families. A preference will be given to those interns who have considerable experience conducting psychological assessments and evaluations. Those with a desire to learn about business management, private practice and program development would be a bonus.