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Intern Positions: 3

About This Rotation

Psychology interns at Compass Health sites utilize both hands-on and 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.

Please note that Columbia is approximately 3 hours from Springfield, Missouri, where interns must travel to quarterly in-person didactics (plus orientation). Due to the distance, interns at this location will be provided up to $175 in travel reimbursement considerations for each of these trainings.

For more information about services provided at this location see the following link: Columbia

Training Opportunities

Primary training experiences at this location include individual intervention and psychological assessment. Interns in Columbia will spend all their time at the office location and will provide outpatient treatment services. These include working in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a team of LPC’s, LCSW’s, and psychologists providing individual, couples, group, and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Services at this location may also include school-based behavioral health (in the local schools), crisis and triage, and psychiatric/medication management. Interns may facilitate intensive outpatient group and individual treatment programs for adolescents with substance use disorder as well as individual and group treatment for adults. Interns may also provide community-based behavioral services and support with integrated health specialists working with adults in the community.

Rotation 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.

Example Schedule

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00 AM

Co-Therapy

Individual Therapy

Co-Therapy

Individual Therapy

Assessment Admin.

9:00 AM

 

Primary Supervision

Paperwork

Co-Therapy

Primary Supervision

Assessment Admin.

10:00 AM

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy

Group Supervision

DBT Consult Team

Report Writing

11:00 AM

 

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy

Group Supervision

DBT Consult Team

Report Writing

12:00 PM

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

1:00 PM

Assessment Admin.

Journal Review

Group
Therapy

Group
Therapy

Additional Supervision

2:00 PM

Assessment Admin.

Journal Review

Individual Therapy

Additional Supervision

Paperwork

3:00 PM

Report Writing

Triage
Client

Paperwork

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy

4:00 PM

 

Report Writing

Paperwork

Triage
Client

Individual Therapy

Additional Supervision

Please note that not every experience is identical and site schedules are a general guideline. Interns may be required to make themselves available at other times as needed. What is provided above is an example of what the work week might look like for an intern at this site.

Columbia

Placement Locations

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Most commonly seen diagnoses at this office location include major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and PTSD, as well as various personality and psychotic disorders.

Patient Populations

 

 

 

Most Compass Health clients are Caucasian, chronically mentally ill, and/or lower SES, though with Columbia being a mid-sized city, it also serves a diverse range of ethnic groups with higher levels of education and SES. Clients face a variety of treatment barriers, such as transportation, cost, and childcare. We see clients across the lifespan with respect to therapy and assessment services. The following table shows a breakdown of some patient demographics within the Columbia office within the past year (though note this does not include client populations from outside agencies, such as schools):

Our Supervisors

While we won’t know your exact supervisor assignments until the internship starts, these are examples of some of the individuals you may work with over the course of your year at the site. 

Michaela Muehlbach, PsyD

*Primary Supervisor in Columbia, MO – Deputy Chief Clinical Officer of Outpatient and Psychological Services 

Dr. Muehlbach earned her degree in Clinical Psychology in 2011 at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, receiving her Masters en route (with certificates in Integrated Health Care (IHC) and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Pathways Community Health in Rolla, MO. She has training and experience in a variety of settings, including community mental health, residential treatment, inpatient, and FQHC. She has developed specialty interest in psychological assessment, working with both children and adults. She currently has the honor as serving as Deputy Chief Clinical Officer (DCCO) of Outpatient and Psychological Services and Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Muehlbach has had the opportunity to provide supervision to advanced doctoral and master level practicum students, as well. She also has experience providing individual, family, group, and couples counseling. Her theoretical orientation emphasizes aspects of interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and person centered approaches, while utilizing a multicultural lens to provide further understanding of her clients.

Jessica Ashley, PsyD

*Primary Supervisor in Columbia, MO – Director of Outpatient Services 

Dr. Ashley earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2016 at Wright Institute, receiving her Masters in Marriage and Family en route. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Compass Health Network in Rolla and Columbia, MO. She identifies as a Generalist and has experience providing psychological assessment and therapy in a variety of settings, including community mental health, college counseling, and private practice. Her specialty interest is in psychological assessment with all ages, for a variety of presenting issues, with specialty training areas including Autism Spectrum assessment, DBT, couples therapy, and neurofeedback. Her theoretical orientation can be described as Systemic in theory and CBT in practice. Dr. Ashley has been providing supervision since 2017 and serving as a Director of Outpatient Services.

Life in Columbia

Columbia is a town of about 110,000 (plus the MU student population). It is about a 30 min drive to Jefferson City (the state capital) and a 2 hour drive to either St. Louis or Kansas City, conveniently located off of Interstate 70.

Travel/Weather: You can get from one side of town to another in anywhere from 15-25 min depending on traffic, and public transit is available in the form of bus routes. Columbia is home to the Columbia Regional Airport, which is served by American Airlines and United Airlines. Columbia typically experiences hot and humid summers followed by short Autumn weather and into a snowy winter. In the spring and fall there are ample opportunities around town to stay active and entertained.

Places to Eat: Columbia is home to multiple local restaurants where you can sit on a patio with friends or enjoy watching a game inside. Popular restaurants around town include Las Margaritas, D’Rowes, Flat Branch, and Harpos just to name a few.

Things to Do: In the cooler months Columbia hosts a 3-day music festival, “Roots N Blues”, and a bicycle/music festival called Pedaler’s Jamboree. Columbia boasts multiple parks and recreation activities for kids, including the MKT Trail, a 10-mile walking/biking path connecting several of the city’s parks and trailheads to the Katy Trail State Park. Columbia also hosts the four-day True/False Film Festival annually, and The University of Missouri hosts a variety of educational and cultural events and workshops throughout the year. Columbia is also home to a lively Arts District and several local breweries. Columbia has also hosted the Missouri Psychological Association annual conference in recent years.