192517 – Compass Health Outpatient: Southern Region

Intern Positions: 3

About These Rotations

Interns apply to regions of outpatient offices within Compass Health rather than specific offices. Those specific determinations will be made following the Match. Each location is equipped with the testing and training materials necessary for the interns to complete the requirements of their training year. Psychology interns at Compass Health sites use both hands-on training as well as 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.

Possible outpatient offices within this region include:

  • Rolla
  • St. Robert
  • Lebanon
  • Owensville
  • Union
  • Sullivan
Training Opportunities

Primary experiences at all Compass Health sites include:

  • Outpatient Therapy – Individual, Family, and Couples (when available)
  • Psychological assessment

Additional experiences are listed below, along with the offices at which they may be available. An average of 15-20 intervention hours per week is expected and a minimum of ten psychological evaluations are completed during the training year. Services provided range from brief individual or family counseling dealing with issues such as depression and anxiety to long-term care and support for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Psychology interns at Compass Health sites utilize both hands-on training as well as 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.

Additional training experiences that are subject to location/availability include:

  • School-based therapy (Columbia/Wentzville)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) consult team, skills group, and individual therapy (Wentzville)
  • Group therapy (all offices; schedules vary)
  • Rotation at a Crisis Access Point (24-hour crisis center) (Wentzville/Jefferson City)
  • Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment with the ADOS-2 (Wentzville/Columbia)
  • Adolescent Substance Use Residential Facility – Navig8 (Columbia)
Rolla

Primary experiences at this site include:

  • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Family, Group)
  • Psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults

Additional training opportunities that may be available include:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) consult team, skills group, and individual therapy
  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Navig8 Adolescent Substance Use Disorder inpatient treatment— individual or family therapy, groups, and assessments
  • Crisis intervention within the Crisis Access Point (CAP)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • School-based therapy at Wyman Elementary in Rolla – brief interventions (20-30 minutes) of focused therapy with children; work with their families/school team; and occasionally perform/score/interpret assessments.
Union

Primary experiences at this site include:

  • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Family, Group)
  • Crisis Management (as applicable)
  • Staffing and integration meetings
  • Psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults

Additional training opportunities that may be available include:

  • Engagement in the Assertive Community Treatment for Transitional Aged Youth (ACT-TAY) program that provides services to clients ages 16-25 with severe mental health needs, such as psychosis and co-occurring diagnoses.
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) work where the intern provides consultation to primary care providers and brief interventions for clients (20-30 minute sessions); and the focus is behavioral management and lifestyle changes. Motivational interviewing and health psychology are used frequently with this population.
St. Robert

Primary experiences at this site include:

  • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, family)
  • Psychological Assessment across the lifespan
    Owensville

    Primary experiences at this site include:

    • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, family)
    • Psychological Assessment across the lifespan
      Lebanon

      Primary experiences at this site include:

      • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, family)
      • Psychological Assessment across the lifespan
        Sullivan

        Primary experiences at this site include:

        • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, family)
        • Psychological Assessment across the lifespan

        Additional training opportunities that may be available include:

        • Behavioral Health Consultation (BHC)

        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, and schedule specifics will vary based on training and intern preferences/needs.

        Example Schedule

        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.

        Placement Locations

        Each location in this placement is approximately one to three hours from the didactic training site in Springfield.

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        APPIC Training Experiences

        Treatment Modalities

        Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC):

        Supervised Experiences

        Most commonly seen diagnoses at this placement include ADHD, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, various personality disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, a variety of psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.

        Patient Populations

         

         

         

        Most Compass Health clients are Caucasian, chronically mentally ill, and/or lower SES. Some locations closer to larger cities also serve a diverse range of ethnic groups, with higher levels of education and SES. Compass health clients often manage barriers such as transportation, cost, and childcare. Typically, our areas served do not have public transportation, and thus the cost of a vehicle and gasoline, as well as car insurance, can cause difficulty. In addition, many of our clients do not have access to affordable childcare, which is also a barrier to them receiving treatment. We serve clients across the lifespan with respect to therapy and assessment. The following table shows a breakdown of some patient demographics across the agency from the fiscal year 2020:

        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. 

        Sarah Lea, Ph.D.

        Director of Outpatient Services, (Rolla, Salem, Cuba, Owensville)

        Dr. Lea earned her doctoral degree in Psychology in 2018 at Oklahoma State University. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Compass Health Network in Rolla, MO. She has training and experience in a variety of settings, including community mental health, residential treatment, academic medical centers, schools, college counseling centers, and FQHC. Dr. Lea has specialty training in child psychology and has co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications focused on cognitive deficits associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, Dr. Lea is a certified PCIT therapist, co-leads adult and adolescent DBT groups, and has specialty training in psychological assessment across the lifespan. She also has experience and interest in teaching, training, and disseminating academic research to staff and students. Dr. Lea’s theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral/behavioral.

        Bonny Thacker, Psy.D.

        Staff Psychologist, Owensville

        Dr. Thacker has been a Licensed Psychologist in Missouri since 2015. She received a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2011. Dr. Thacker has experience at a forensic state hospital, sexual predator treatment program, inpatient acute mental health hospital, and community mental health.

        Deborah R. Frost, Ph.D.

        Vice President of Corporate Operations, Rolla

        Dr. Frost earned her doctoral degree in Psychology at West Virginia University. She completed her internship at Harvard and her post-doctoral residency at Wisconsin School of Medicine. Dr. Frost came to live in Rolla in 2001, and began working as a psychologist until she later took on the role as Director of Clinical Training and Special Projects. She currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Southeastern Region of Compass Health Network. She is uniquely suited to provide supervision in clinical and career path issues. She is a behaviorist, and has training in Medical and Geriatric Psychology, DBT, and PCIT. Dr. Frost has been supervising pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents since 2002.

        Southern Region

        Interns generally choose apartments nearby the Rolla office, and tend to avoid student housing (there is a university nearby) to reduce noise and traffic.