Outpatient Internship positions available: 11
Outpatient/Inpatient Dual-Track Internship positions available: 3
Integrated Healthcare Grant Funded Internship positions available: 5
Post-doctoral Residency positions available: 6+
The mission of Compass Health is to Inspire Hope, Promote Wellness
About Our Site
Compass Health Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community mental health center, identifies as both a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Certified Community Behavioral Health Organization (CCBHO). We are the largest provider of behavioral healthcare services within the state of Missouri and the 3rd largest provider in the US! A community-based organization with a history that spans over 40 years, Compass Health serves numerous rural and urban counties throughout Missouri. We are a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program, and our employees also qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
Compass Health continues to maintain significant growth, expanding the regions we serve as well as the variety of services we provide. This allows us to reach more consumers across our service areas. Compass Health employs almost 3,000 staff members including 30+ psychologists, as well as psychiatrists, advance practice nurses, social workers, licensed professional counselors, substance use disorder counselors, case managers, and support staff. Pre-doctoral interns work collaboratively with these multi-disciplinary team members.
With 45 satellite clinics throughout Missouri, Compass Health provides opportunities for psychology interns to work with a diverse client base. During the FY 2022, Compass Health provided comprehensive health care services to nearly 117,000 consumers across the state of Missouri. These services include outpatient therapy, comprehensive substance use services, case management, a 24-hour crisis line, psychological assessments, psychiatric care, medical detox, and primary medical and dental care.
Compass Health clinical programs are designed to meet the individual needs of each person and their family and focus on the strengths of each person to facilitate the achievement of goals. Services provided include brief or longer-term individual, group, or family counseling across the lifespan. Presenting concerns in our client base range from depression and anxiety to substance use disorders and psychosis. We provide long-term care and support for adults with serious mental illness as well as children with serious emotional disturbances. More specialized services are provided at select locations with the Compass Health system.
Applicants to Compass Health will apply to one or more office locations within the Compass Health system, rather than to Compass Health as a whole. There are potential opportunities for Interns to remain employed beyond their one-year placement. Basic descriptions of each of these office locations are available on the following pages:
- Compass Health East Central Region
- Compass Health Southern Region
- Compass Health Western Region
- Compass Health Grant Funded IHC Positions
- Royal Oaks / Compass Health Dual Track
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 in Compass Health FQHC offices in either Wentzville, Columbia, or Nevada, MO.
More information about these grant-funded positions in integrated health care can be found here: Grant Funded IHC Positions
Compass Health - Columbia
Compass Health - Columbia
Compass Health - Columbia
Compass Health - Rolla, MO
Compass (Dual Track) - Warsaw, MO
Compass (Dual Track) - Butler, MO
Royal Oaks (Dual Track) - Windsor, MO
Site Training Director
Melissa Webb, Psy.D. – Director of Clinical Training
Annual Pay, Benefits, and Support
Annual Pay for the 2024-2025 Training Year: $40,000
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
- 401(k) with 4% employer match
- Cafeteria Plans for medical and/or dependent care
- Intern-funded life insurance
- Intern-funded short-term disability
- Employee Assistance Program (free short-term counseling for intern/family)
- Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)
- Licensure Assistance Program
- Mileage reimbursement
Compass Health observes the following 10 holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- Personal Holiday
Interns at all office locations will be provided with access to support staff, office space, and technology needs. Compass Health utilizes both hands-on training as well as web-based training programs. The web-based training program offers a full training library for staff and interns to access as they are able based on their licenses/interests.
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.
Compass Health conducts background checks on interns prior to orientation. The following document provides the full, detailed hiring policy for the Compass Health network:
Note these key factors that could cause the site to release an intern from match:
- Unsatisfactory background check where actions and/or crimes which prohibit patient/client contact pursuant to state law and regulations of accrediting entities.
- 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
- 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: http://dmh.mo.gov/about/employeedisqualification
- 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 felony drug offense.
Please note that a criminal background check that reveals an intern’s past alcohol or drug-related crimes does not automatically release an intern from match. If otherwise qualified, if two (2) years have passed since the intern was convicted or found guilty and they are not currently on probation or parole, the intern is still eligible to be matched.
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 email@example.com.
The interview process with Compass Health is entirely virtual. However, any applicants that are nearby a Compass Health location are welcome to coordinate a visit. Interviews are 60-minutes via video platform, and will include a pair of interviewers from our psychology staff. Current intern and potential supervisor contact information is available upon request. Specific details of interview scheduling will be determined closer to the 24-25 Match cycle.
Intern Selection Process
At Compass Health, the Director of Clinical Training and several intern supervisors review the applicants to determine who might be good fits for the various locations and tracks. From those they determine who will be offered interviews. These interviews are conducted by psychologists who supervise throughout the agency, and sometimes current interns or post-doctoral residents as well.
After interviews are completed, the DCT and supervisors involved in the interview process discuss the candidates, their qualifications, and goodness of fit with the training program to determine their rank for each location. Interns are encouraged to apply to and rank any of the sites at which they are interested in being placed. Applicants are evaluated on a number of criteria, including:
- Application to a Compass Health site.
- Previous experience and/or interest in the opportunities provided at the location(s) to which they applied.
- Overall experience in intervention and assessment prior to internship.
- Relevant previous experience, depending on the track(s) of interest:
- Experience with treating severe and persistent mental illness and/or in a community mental health setting (outpatient & dual-tracks)
- Experience providing services in an integrated healthcare setting (IHC track)
- Stated goals for internship that can be met at our site(s).
- Likelihood to stay with Compass Health following internship.
In addition to the NPTC Virtual Open House, Compass Health will be hosting two of their own Virtual Open House events. Contact Dr. Melissa Webb (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about these events:
Tuesday October 26st 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Central Time)
Tuesday January 11th 12:00pm – 1:30 pm (Central Time)
More information including the Zoom links can be found at their website here: https://compasshealthnetworkinternships.org/join-open-house/
Compass Health is strongly invested in ensuring both a quality training experience as well as the physical health and well-being of our trainees. Due to COVID-19, these are the changes that might be made to the training experience:
- Interns will be provided with any needed technology to work from home, including a laptop with a webcam, wireless mouse, etc.
- Client contact may include telehealth contacts utilizing approved platforms. This may include:
- Individual and/or group therapy
- Clinical/Diagnostic interviews
- Psychological testing (as appropriate)
Compass Health also follows CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety protocols, and as the pandemic shifts our policies are subject to change. As of March 2022, masks are no longer required in behavioral-health only clinics, but are required in areas that may be shared with primary care or dental patients, such as waiting rooms. They may be removed at each provider’s discretion in their own offices. Masks are always available for employees in each clinic, and testing is available but voluntary. Generally, Compass Health has increased cleaning protocols in offices, and individual providers are given additional cleaning supplies to keep on hand. Interns with Compass will be providing both in-person and telehealth services from their office location. Earlier in the pandemic, virtual meetings and reduced group sizes were utilized; while these restrictions have been removed, they are subject to return if increased rates of community transmission were to occur. As of October 2021, all employees (including interns) are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless granted approval for an accommodation. Compass Health reviews their safety protocols on a routine basis, and updates are sent to all staff regarding any policy changes. While this was previously done weekly, as the pandemic has slowed, the review of protocols and related updates are done on an as-needed basis.
Central Region Sites
- Burrell Behavioral Health Center
- Clark Community Mental Health Center
- Compass Health
- Royal Oaks Hospital
- University Health (Previously Truman Medical Centers)