Truman Medical Centers
Internship positions available: 1
Residency/Job positions available: 2
Truman Medical Centers is an academic health center providing accessible, state-of-the-art quality healthcare to our community regardless of the ability to pay.
Leading the way to a healthy community
About Our Site
Truman Medical Centers is a nonprofit academic health system located in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area. TMC has two hospitals, the largest and most comprehensive behavioral health program in the area, a long-term care facility, and multiple primary care practices. The downtown location, TMC’s Health Sciences District, is the largest provider of outpatient specialty care in Kansas City, operates the busiest adult emergency department in the city, and has a Level 1 trauma center. The suburban hospital, TMC Lakewood, is located near Lee’s Summit and provides a range of specialty and outpatient services and houses a 16-bed older adult psychiatric unit. Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health is a leader in the treatment of mental health and substance use issues. Helping around 10,000 patients per year, TMC BH provides a comprehensive array of mental health treatment to persons living in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Students and other trainees maintain a constant presence at TMC. The inpatient psychiatric units provide training opportunities for local nursing programs, as well as social work, expressive therapy, and counseling students. TMC serves as a training center for psychiatry residents in conjunction with the Center for Behavioral Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. TMC Behavioral Health Acute Care’s psychology department provides training for practicum students, doctoral interns, and post-doctoral residents. TMC BHAC initially provided training rotations to doctoral interns of the Center for Behavioral Medicine, which shares a building with the TMC downtown inpatient behavioral health units. In 2013, TMC BHAC established its own independent inpatient internship program. The internship program was initially accepted as a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) in 2014 and merged with the APA-Accredited National Psychology Training Consortium – Central Region in 2018.
TMC’s Behavioral Health Acute Care units are located downtown and housed inside the building for the Center for Behavioral Medicine, where TMC operates two 25-bed inpatient psychiatric units. The patient population includes adults 18 and older with a vast range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The most common diagnoses seen within TMC’s Behavioral Health Acute Care units include: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Phencyclidine Use Disorder, Alcohol Use Disorder, Cocaine Use Disorder, Cannabis Use Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Neurocognitive Disorder, Somatic Symptom Disorder. The average length of stay is one week, although some patient stays are shorter while others may be much longer. Many patients present with 96-hour involuntary holds, and the treatment team may file for 21-day civil commitments, potentially followed by 90-day civil commitments. Interns will have the opportunity to attend court hearings and witness psychological testimony as available.
There are additional clinical opportunities provided when possible at TMC Lakewood’s older adult psychiatric unit, as well as behavioral consultations at the medical hospital and contracts with area colleges regarding campus threat assessments.
Interns will gain exposure to related practice areas, including risk assessment, civil commitment proceedings, and guardianship hearings when available. Interns routinely gain supervision experience through the use of master’s level and doctoral practicum students. The TMC internship program is designed to provide interns with a breadth of training focusing on empirically-supported assessment and treatment methods. Interns gain in-depth exposure to inpatient mental health treatment, which involves specific services to aid in acute mental health crises and a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration. Interns will participate in several training programs within the first month of their internship to introduce them to TMC’s corporate policies, behavioral health program, and acute psychiatric setting. There will be additional required trainings throughout the course of the year provided by both TMC and NPTC.
Interns will be assigned to treatment team groups on either of the acute units (2C or 2D) for a period of six months, although clinical responsibilities will generally occur across both units. Students will spend the second six months primarily assigned to the opposite unit’s treatment team. This allows interns to experience both acute units and gain exposure to a greater number of psychiatrists, caseworkers, and other professionals who primarily remain on one unit. Due to the fluctuating nature of acute settings, interns do not have a specific caseload they are required to maintain. However, there are set group responsibilities and individual interventions with patients that are dependent upon the interns’ required hours and patient needs across both units. Psychological assessments are also distributed among interns and assessment practicum students when ordered by psychiatry. Individual supervision will be provided by two staff psychologists who are scheduled full time on the inpatient units. Each supervisor will generally provide intensive supervision for either therapy or assessment. Interns will also participate in group supervision with a third licensed psychologist, generally offsite at a TMC outpatient location. There is also generally a post-doctoral resident present on the inpatient units to provide additional guidance and secondary supervision.
The goal of the internship is to ensure that interns achieve an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in providing professional assessment, intervention, and consultation services that are firmly grounded in psychological science. During the internship year, all interns will complete at least 10 psychological evaluations. Inpatient evaluations typically involve a combination of a brief clinical interview and selection of measures that include the MMPI-2-RF, MCMI-IV, WASI-II, BCSE, M-FAST, and TOMM. Additionally, interns will provide a range of clinical intervention services and must demonstrate competence in treatment planning, crisis intervention, individual therapy, group therapy, and consultation with other professionals.
Interns will participate in weekly assessment seminars to increase their assessment knowledge, which begins with general psychometric reviews and proceeds with presenting didactic information and report examples regarding a variety of specialized assessment areas, including police fitness-for-duty, guardianship, threat assessment, disability, bariatric surgery, parenting capacity, NGRI/IST, etc. TMC interns can participate in case conferences and grand rounds through the Center for Behavioral Medicine along with its interns and medical residents.
Typical workdays will include attending multidisciplinary treatment team meetings, gathering patient outcome data, providing group therapy, providing brief individual therapy, and completing psychological assessments. Each week will also include 2 hours of group supervision, 2 hours of individual supervision, 2 hours of journal review, and assessment seminar. While most work-related duties should be accomplished during the normal workday, additional training requirements, such as reading assignments and completion of dissertation requirements, may have to take place outside of normal work hours at times in order to achieve a total of 2000 hours.
Interns typically work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 to 4:30. No weekend work, on-call, or holiday work is required. However, given the nature of working in a hospital setting, vacation days must be coordinated to ensure consistent coverage, and no specific days off outside of the formally recognized eight holidays are guaranteed. Vacation day requests should be made as early as feasible. It is also vital to patient care and functioning of the department that any days utilized for illness be submitted as quickly as possible prior to the expected scheduled work. As a hospital setting, all employees are expected to present for their shifts regardless of weather conditions. Any expected delays should be promptly forwarded to the primary supervisor. An example of the typical weekly schedule for interns is provided below:
Interns have a dedicated workstation located in a training office shared with the postdoctoral resident on the BHAC unit 2C, while practicum students are housed in a separate office on 2D. Interns have their own permanent workstation for the year, which includes a shared phone, individual computer, and a large window with a view of one of the building’s many courtyards. All interns have access to terminals connected to the local area network (LAN) through which all staff has access to programs such as Microsoft Office, Internet browsers, an electronic records systems provided by Cerner (PowerChart / eCare), online test scoring, and other online training tools. The Psychology Department maintains various tests utilized in an acute mental health setting, which are generally maintained in the interns’ training office, where interns can read the manuals, practice with the instruments, and easily access them when needed.
The training office contains commonly used books, including workbooks on DBT and CBT, the DSM-5, and assessment user guides and manuals. Additional reading materials may also be borrowed from the licensed clinical staff on site. The shared network G: drive can be accessed from all TMC computers and contains group curriculum materials, individual interventions, report templates, multicultural articles, and other educational resources on various relevant topics. Each intern also has a personal H: Drive they can use for online storage.
Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health System is comprised of the following locations:
- Truman Medical Center-Health Sciences District: The inpatient unit is located downtown and housed inside the building for the Center for Behavioral Medicine, where Truman operates two 25-bed inpatient units.
- Truman Medical Center-Lakewood: This hospital provides psychiatric treatment for older adult patients and additional mental health treatment, such as electro-convulsive therapy.
It should be noted that the Truman Medical Centers office locations are approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes away 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.
Possible Internship Placements:
- Lakewood Counseling Service: This outpatient center opened in 2006 to provide mental health and substance abuse services to citizens of Eastern Jackson County. It provides a broad range of clinical services for children, adolescents, and adults.
- Healing Canvas: This outpatient center provides mental health services to citizens in the downtown Kansas City area. It provides a broad range of clinical services for children, adolescents, and adults.
APPIC Training Experiences
Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC)
(1% to 20%)
(21% to 30%)
(31% to 49%)
|Supervision of Practicum Students||X|
Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):
(1% to 20%)
(21% to 30%)
(31% to 49%)
|Serious Mental Illness||X|
|Substance Use Disorders||X|
|Integrated Health Care – Primary||X|
|Integrated Health Care – Speciality||X|
Truman Medical Centers has a highly diverse patient population, both by ethnicity and languages spoken. The hospital provides on-site interpreters for several languages, as well as interpretive phone services for additional languages and dialects so that clinical services can be provided with the limited impact of any language barriers. TMC strives to maintain a diverse workforce. In the fiscal year 2018, the employee demographics were as follows: 60% White/Caucasian, 27% Black/African-American, 6% Hispanic/Latino, 5% Asian, and 2% other. TMC also strives to set a community example through taking a leadership role in diversity and inclusion, which includes partnering with other organizations in supporting the Trans Health Inclusion conference and other educational and networking opportunities. TMC has developed both a Leader’s Diversity and Inclusion Council as well as an Executive Diversity and Inclusion council. There is both a behavioral health and corporate diversity committee, and TMC hospitals account for 2 of the 14 Missouri locations that have obtained the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index Leader designation.
TMC patients often struggle with a variety of social issues that complicate their cases and create barriers to treatment. Much of the patient population, particularly those in the inner city, face a relatively high degree of violent crime. This results in many patients experiencing high levels of traumatic experiences, which directly impacts their mental and physical wellbeing. Their patient population also experiences frequent substance use issues, which directly and indirectly results in psychiatric hospitalizations and negatively impacts their physical health. TMC is proud to be a safety net hospital, which provides services for patients regardless of ability to pay, and includes a high number of homeless patients. Because of this, TMC’s payment sources are vastly different from many other facilities: 22% of patients qualify for discounted or free services, and 29% of the patient population receives Medicaid. For the fiscal year 2017, TMC provided 14 million dollars in completely uncompensated care and a total of 101 million in unfunded and underfunded care with county and city tax support.
Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):
|Number of Counties Served||5|
|Total Number of Clients Served||2288/year|
Site Training Director
Shawn McDaniel, Psy.D.
Dr. McDaniel has 13 years of experience working in psychiatric hospitals that have included child, adolescent, and adult patients as well as specialized facilities for older adult acute patients. This also includes experience collaborating with other hospital departments to address various healthcare issues, such as reducing assaults, managing patient and visitor issues, and furthering integrated healthcare opportunities in various medical inpatient areas and outpatient care clinics. He has also supervised practicum students, doctoral interns, and residents during inpatient rotations. His primary areas of expertise are assessment and diagnosis, and he has been either full-time or adjunct faculty at five different colleges and universities, currently maintaining an adjunct position as an assessment instructor for a doctoral program. Through his private practices, he has provided numerous civil forensic consultations and was added to the panel of experts by the federal criminal court system. His additional criminal justice education and past experience as a firefighter and soldier also aid in his collaboration with first responders and veterans mental health issues.
Eric Shult, Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Shult received his doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Memphis and his undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri. After completing his postdoctoral residency at Truman Medical Centers in 2013, Dr. Shut became a psychologist at Truman Medical Centers Inpatient Units. He has extensive experience treating chronic mood, anxiety, and personality issues in both outpatient and inpatient settings. He has extensive experience providing didactic presentations on multiculturalism and suicide prevention and is an adjunct instructor at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Furthermore, Dr. Shult has extensive experience training and providing supervision of masters-level and doctoral-level interns.
Jennifer Keller-McDaniel, Psy.D.
Dr. Keller-McDaniel obtained training in various settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospital, community mental health center, university counseling center, learning diagnostic clinic, multicultural center, and hospice. She works primarily with children and adolescents, though she provides some specific services for the adult population. Dr. Keller-McDaniel was previously employed at the University of Tennessee Martin both as a staff psychologist and later as the clinical coordinator of counseling services. Dr. Keller-McDaniel was also formerly the preadolescent program director at Royal Oaks Hospital, where she provided and supervised clinical services on the preadolescent unit. Dr. Keller-McDaniel was previously an adjunct professor at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and Missouri Valley College, and she is currently an adjunct professor at Avila University. Dr. Keller-McDaniel is the Section Chief for Psychology at Truman Medical Center and an outpatient psychologist at TMC Lakewood Counseling Service in Lee’s Summit, Missouri where she provides evidence based treatments. She is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of Missouri. She has retired her license in Tennessee. Dr. Keller-McDaniel is a registrant with the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), APA Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), and the Missouri Psychological Association. Dr. Keller-McDaniel currently sits on the board for the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association.
Life in Kansas City, MO
The Kansas City metropolitan area offers a wide range of activities and attractions to ensure there are plenty of ways to unwind during time away from training.
Kansas City offers multiple professional and semi-professional sporting events throughout the year, including baseball, ice hockey, football, soccer, college basketball, and auto racing. Be here to watch the 2015 World Series Champions in action.
Museums and the Arts
Kansas City has a variety of activities related to music, the performing arts, and visual art, including the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the 18th and Vine Jazz District, Crossroads Art District, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and multiple indoor and outdoor concert centers.
Shopping and Entertainment
The Kansas City area provides several excellent shopping locations, including the Country Club Plaza and Legends Outlets. It also offers a variety of nightlife options, including the Power & Light District, Westport District, and multiple casinos. There are also multiple locations for family fun, including amusement and water parks, the Kansas City Zoo, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium.
Salary, Benefits, and Support
Salary for the 2021-2022 Training Year: $30,000
Benefits provided at this site include:
- 14 days of PTO (vacation /holidays/sick leave)
- 24 hours of Professional Development
- Health and dental insurance
- The majority of medical services provided by Truman Medical Centers are completely free to employees if using the employee insurance
- Disability insurance
- Optional vision insurance
- Prescription benefits
- Robust wellness program
- TMC’s on-site wellness center in the Health Sciences District costs $35 per year. TMC has been named a Healthy KC Certified Company by the Kansas City Chamber’s Workplace Wellness Initiative for 2017 and 2018.
- Flexible spending plan
- Retirement (403b)
- TMC matches 50% of contributions up to 8% of the employee’s pay
- Bereavement leave
- Employee Assistance Program
- Corporate discount plans
- Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)
Truman Medical Centers observes the following 8 holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
It should be noted that the Truman Medical Centers internship location is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes away from Springfield, Missouri where interns must travel to monthly didactics, generally on the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month. Due to the distance, interns will be provided with two nights’ stay at a Springfield hotel and will be provided with mileage reimbursement. Interns should make prior arrangements for any childcare or petcare needs during this time each month.
Prior to onboarding, all intern applicants will have the following background checks provided by TMC:
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services – Employee Disqualification List
- US Department of Health and Human Services List of Excluded Individuals/Entities
- Criminal background check with the local jurisdictions as well as the Missouri Highway Patrol
- Local County, State, and Multi-State Criminal/Sex Offender check
- Social Security Number Tracer
- Government Services Administration Excluded Parties Listing System
- Review for outstanding warrants
- Family Care Safety Registry
Interns must also pass an initial employment drug screen and verify the following occupational health requirements:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Flu Shot
- 2-Step TB Test
All TMC employees, including interns, are bound by the company’s policy against tobacco use, which includes time when not at work.
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