192511 (Burrell – Traditional Track)
192512 (Burrell / CoxHealth – Dual Track)
192513 (Grant Funded – Burrell IHC – Springfield)
192514 (Grant Funded – Burrell IHC – Bothwell)
Traditional Internship positions available: 6
Dual Track Internship positions available: 1
IHC Grant-Funded Internship positions available: 5
Residency/Job positions available: 5
To form meaningful connections and inspire hope in our community through individualized and accessible care, quality practices, and collaborative partnerships.
About Our Site
Burrell Behavioral Health is a growing not-for-profit Community Mental Health Center that helps thousands of clients across Missouri. We currently have Traditional Track, Dual Track, and IHC Grant internship positions available in our Southwest Region located in Springfield, Missouri, and IHC Grant positions in our Central Region, located in Sedalia, Missouri. We create individualized care plans and our staff collaborates with families, schools, healthcare systems and other networks to provide the appropriate care for each situation. Our goal is to help interns develop into a well-trained psychologists with skills in community behavioral healthcare through appropriate and meaningful rotations and supportive/encouraging supervision.
The following concepts are the pillars of Burrell’s commitment to our mission and to our communities:
Accessibility – We are committed to serving all people when and where they need help most. We believe in providing comprehensive services that are collaborative with our communities and partners.
Excellence – We believe in being visionary leaders in behavioral health who provide high-quality care for the whole person. We strive for inclusive, innovative, and evidence-based practices that provide the best outcomes for those we serve. We seek and welcome all highly-skilled, unique, and diverse people to join our Burrell team.
Integrity – We believe in modeling dignity and respect for all people by creating a welcoming and safe environment for those we serve and for our Burrell team. We aspire to achieve the highest levels of privacy and security for all those we serve.
Compassion – We believe people are the core of our system; kindness and acceptance are the key elements in how we treat others. We expect a culture of inclusiveness and civility for all individuals at all times.
Our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion includes a spirit of truly welcoming, serving and celebrating all, all year long.
Burrell Behavioral Health Center is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.
Burrell Behavioral Health has three available rotations as a part of the internship experience. Please refer to the following pages for more detailed information regarding each of these experiences. Please note: rotations are subject to change, but Burrell ensures interns will meet competencies as required.
We are excited to announce that NPTC in partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health and Compass Health have been awarded a grant supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1.8 million dollars. Interns will be placed at experiential sites such as CoxHealth, who have partnered with Burrell for this project.
More information about these grant-funded positions in integrated health care can be found here: Grant Funded IHC Positions
For specific questions regarding the internship program, please email us at NPTC.Applicants@
Site Training Director
Brittany Pratt, Psy.D.
Dr. Pratt received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. She obtained a master’s degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her internship at Burrell Behavioral Health and a postdoctoral residency with Midwest Assessment & Psychotherapy Solutions. Dr. Pratt’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of adolescence and emerging adulthood, gifted and high-achieving individuals, school-related issues, and coaching parents and children through solving behavioral problems. She currently provides outpatient therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults, and is an administrative supervisor for a team of outpatient clinicians. Dr. Pratt is a past President of the Missouri Psychological Association and volunteers with community organizations.
Annual Pay, Benefits, and Support
Annual Pay for the 2023-2024 Training Year: $37,500
Benefits provided at this site include:
- 112 hours of PTO (vacation / sick leave)
- 24 hours of Professional Development
- Discounted health insurance
- Vision insurance
- Dental insurance
- Short and Long Term Disability
- Life insurance
- Health/Dependent cafeteria plan
- Employee Assistance Program
- 529 college savings plan
- Pharmacy discount
- Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)
Burrell Behavioral Health observes the following 8 holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Floating holiday used around Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
Please note that available benefits and observed holidays are subject to change. Matched interns will receive full benefit orientations at their site which will go over all benefit information for the training year. More information about the Support and Benefits offered in each of our regions can be found here.
All Burrell Behavioral Health interns will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption prior to their start date regardless of rotation.
Burrell Behavioral Health does conduct background checks on interns prior to orientation. The following document provides the full, detailed hiring policies and potential disqualification for internship:
Background Screening for Employees and Volunteers
Note these key factors that could cause the site to release an intern from match:
- Found to be convicted of, guilty of, pleaded guilty to or nolo contendere to any of the following crimes:
- Physical abuse of Class I Neglect of a patient, resident, or client
- Furnishing unfit food to patients, residents, or clients
- Vulnerable person abuse in the first, second, or third degree
- Is listed on the DMH disqualification registry
- Is listed on the employee disqualification list of the Department of Health and Senior Services or Department of Social Services
- Failure of a specified professional to report suspected abuse or neglect of a patient
- Found to be convicted of, guilty of, pleaded guilty to or nolo contendere to any of the listed felonies in the following website: Disqualifying Crimes
- Found guilty or pleaded guilty to a violation of Driving While Intoxicated or Driving with Excessive Blood Alcohol Content and who is found by the court to be an aggravated (3 or more) or chronic (4 or more) violator.
- Found to be guilty of any equivalent felony offense.
- Found to be convicted of, guilty of, pleaded guilty to or nolo contendere to any of the following crimes:
Burrell Drug-Free Workplace and Testing Policy:
Burrell Behavioral Health has a longstanding commitment to provide a safe, quality oriented and productive work environment. Alcohol and drug abuse pose a threat to the health and safety of Burrell Behavioral Health employees, clients, and facilities. For these reasons, Burrell Behavioral Health is committed to the elimination of drug and alcohol use in the workplace.
As a part of the Drug-Free Workplace and Testing Policy, all applicants matched with Burrell Behavioral Health will be subject to the following required pre-employment testing:
- All applicants must pass a pre-employment / post-offer drug test. Refusal to submit to testing will result in disqualification of further employment consideration.
- Drug tests include (but are not limited to) marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine use.
- Applicants who refuse to cooperate in a drug test or who test positive will not be allowed to reapply/retest in the future.
Any questions about this information or the full policy can be directed to the Burrell Training Director (including any questions about medical exemptions for drug tests).
IHC Track Requirements
Due to the requirements of the HRSA grant, any intern applicants for the IHC-Grant Funded positions must be citizens of the United States, a noncitizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate. Please note that this requirement only applies to the Grant-Funded positions and not the traditional positions available at each of our sites. If you have any questions about eligibility for the program please contact Katherine Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intern Selection Process
Burrell Behavioral Health reviews applications carefully with a team of administrators and clinicians to decide which applicants to interview. During AAPI reviews, we carefully consider the following factors when determining perceived goodness-of-fit:
- Clinical Hours – We will be looking at your total hours, any anticipated hours, client demographics, and practicum settings in order to determine readiness for working in outpatient community mental health for Traditional Track, multiple medical settings for Dual Track, and integrated care/behavioral health consulting for our IHC Grant positions. We are looking for depth and breadth of experience, and we are also open to those who are hoping to try new things.
- Psychological Assessment Reports – Strong Traditional Track and Dual Track candidates tend to have experience with intelligence, academic, objective personality, and projective personality measures. Exceptional candidates have completed integrated reports for both youth and adults. That being said, we understand how the pandemic has affected applicants’ client contact hours, particularly in assessment practicum experiences. We are willing to work with incoming interns to get them caught up and proficient on comprehensive testing batteries and integrated reports by the end of their training year.
- Experience Match and Career Fit – We evaluate whether an applicant’s goals for internship align with our training goals and the experiences we offer, as well as the likelihood of staying with one of our agencies after internship.
Our most successful interns tend to be hungry to learn, self-directed, assertive, insightful, intentional about self-care, and “know what it’s like to be on the other side of them.” Interns who have struggled here tend to have trouble with time management, communication, self-evaluation, interpersonal/team skills, and/or not having good support or self-care to sustain them throughout internship.
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and health of the Burrell Team, and we are considering all aspects when making decisions in the best interest of our employees and our clients. Our goal is to protect our own health and safety and continue serving our communities, at a time when our services are needed more than ever.
Our interns are considered essential healthcare workers. They provide in-person and telehealth services throughout our various service lines. They have access to PPE and cleaning supplies as needed to maintain a working environment that is as safe as possible.
All Burrell Behavioral Health employees (including interns) will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption prior to their start date regardless of rotation.
Burrell Behavioral Health does not currently require masks for employees or clients. Employees may be asked to wear a mask due to COVID-19 exposure or recent illness in alignment with current CDC guidelines. Bothwell Regional Health Center requires masks for employees who are patient-facing and masking is optional for patients. CoxHealth requires masking for all employees and patients.
Any questions about our vaccination requirement or safety precautions may contact COVID@burrellcenter.com for more information.
Burrell Behavioral Health is currently planning for a series of interview days in December and January. We are in the process of setting our dates for Traditional Track, Dual Track, and IHC Grant interview days. These are virtual events with 45-minute interview slots. Prospective interns are usually scheduled to meet with a pair of interviewers and we have a mixture of clinicians and administrators on the interview teams. In addition, we plan to host virtual Meet the Supervisors and Meet the Interns events in mid-January, as well as one final Q&A with program leadership in late-January.
We truly consider our process to be a mutual interview where all parties are gathering information and determining goodness of fit. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their hours and experiences, goals for internship, and professional aspirations. We tend to ask questions that demonstrate an applicant’s insight into their needs and growth edges, how they function on a team, how they adapt to change, and how they take care of themselves during tough times. We would like to learn about why an applicant is passionate about the field of psychology and why our program excites them. We see our current interns and postdocs as future colleagues within our system and we aim to find applicants who feel they have the potential to develop a career with us.
Applicants should avoid canned responses that are not specific to the site. Most of the interviewers have been through this process – we remember how hard it is to keep all of the sites straight! It is okay to ask for reminders about our program and to take time to consider your answers. Applicants should also avoid responses that are not genuine to them as a person. We want to get to know the applicants as they are, not how they imagine we want them to be.
We would like to offer a gentle reminder that it is okay to be a real human who is nervous. Take a deep breath, remember we chose our interviewees on purpose and for a reason, and tell the voice of Imposter Syndrome, “Not today!”
Previous stand-out applicants have been relaxed, engaged, and authentic. They have quickly built rapport, told memorable stories, or asked thoughtful questions. In a video interview it is important to have privacy, good lighting, a background that is not overly distracting, and a stable internet connection.
Pending COVID-19 precautions, applicants may request an on-site tour or in-person interview. These applicants will not be afforded special consideration in comparison to those who are unable to travel.
Central Region Sites
- Burrell Behavioral Health Center
- Clark Community Mental Health Center
- Compass Health
- Royal Oaks Hospital
- University Health (Previously Truman Medical Centers)